Premiered October 7, 2003.
"The point, Princess, is that you better change your ways, or all you're ever gonna get from Santa is a big, fat lump of coal in your stocking!" - Blossom
Christmas is coming and the people of Townsville, USA are preparing to celebrate the holiday season.
That's especially true for three kids Blossom (Cathy Cavadini), Bubbles (Tara Strong) and Buttercup (Elizabeth Daily), better known as the Powerpuff Girls.
|Buttercup worries that her Christmas list won't reach Santa in time.|
|Princess Morbucks is a spoiled brat with a penchant for criminal activity.|
Princess Morbucks decides to get her present through alternate means. She takes her family's plane to the North Pole, sneaks into Santa Claus' workshop and locates his list of children who are naughty and nice. Princess changes the list so that every child on Earth is on the naughty list...except for Princess Morbucks herself!
Back in Townsville, Bubbles wakes up and hears Santa's sleigh on their roof. She runs downstairs to see what presents have been left under their tree. Bubbles is shocked when she sees no presents and becomes distraught when she finds her stocking filled with coal. She flies around the city and uses her x-ray vision to see what other children have gotten. It turns out Santa brought nothing but coal to children everywhere.
Bubbles wakes up the other girls and tells them what happened. Suddenly, they encounter Princess Morbucks, who has become a Powerpuff Girl! Her altering of Santa's list has paid off, big time. The Powerpuff Girls decide to fly off to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus the truth about the list. But in order to do so, they'll have to race against Princess and beat her to Santa's workshop. But in order to get there, the Powerpuffs will have to battle Princess Morbucks and her new superpowers.
|The super-powered girls race to the North Pole.|
J.A. Morris says:
I was never a regular viewer of The Powerpuff Girls series, but I enjoyed it when I tuned in. It was always full of action, humor and pop culture references. "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas" is generally lots of fun, but it has two problems.
|Prof. Utonium (Tom Kane) helps light the tree.|
Worse than that is the handling of the naughty and nice list. As our summary states, Princess doctors the list so she can get what she wants for Christmas. Everything we've ever learned about Santa Claus, from books, songs and other specials indicates that this would never happen. You can't go behind Santa's back, change the list and get away with it...because Santa KNOWS who's been bad or good. Santa wouldn't deliver coal to all but one child on Earth because a list said so.
"'Twas The Fight Before Christmas" has been released twice on DVD. It's available as a standalone disc and can also be found on The Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary Collection - The Complete Series.
In spite of what I said above, It's still tons of fun and the positives outweigh the problems. "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas" is recommended but the issues I mentioned prevent it from being a classic Christmas special.
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 candy canes.
Although I was aware of and enjoyed watching The Powerpuff Girls from time to time in the early 2000s, this particular episode was new to me.
|Blossom gets to put the star on top of the tree.|
|Some of Santa's elves enjoy some refreshing (?) "Nog Cola."|
This episode is certainly entertaining, but as J.A. Morris mentions, Santa would know who was naughty and nice regardless of whether his list printouts had been tampered with. So, that bugged me. I also wasn't crazy about the tank top attired Santa -- although I like the look of the series in general.
This episode is not a classic, but it is nice to see a little girl powered (pun intended!) superhero holiday action, in any case.
2 and a half candy canes.