Picks and Pans Review: The Powerpuff Girls

updated 02/12/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/2001 01:00AM

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This whiz-bang series about a trio of primary school superheroes has become one of the Cartoon Network's most popular attractions since its debut in 1998. (There's even a Powerpuff Girls movie due in 2002.) Like the show's young fans, I enjoy it when saucer-eyed cuties Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup exercise their powers to save the ever-embattled city of Townsville and its dithering mayor. But my favorite characters are the resident villains—particularly Mojo Jojo, a cunning simian given to redundancy-filled fulminations.

Mojo and three other baddies—Him (he of the menacing falsetto), Fuzzy and Princess—form a quartet of evil in a special Feb. 9 episode (9 p.m. ET) timed to the 37th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Calling themselves the Beat Alls, they swagger through Townsville like rock stars—until Mojo falls for a strangely seductive Yoko Ono type who splits the group with her shrieky voice and creative interference. Only grown Beatlemaniacs will grasp all the references, but this is one that moppets and baby boomers can groove on together.

Bottom Line: Let it be on your TV

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