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Powerpuff Prototypes! by Darkton93 Powerpuff Prototypes! by Darkton93
This is a colored version of some concept art for the second Powerpuff Girls What A Cartoon! short, "Crime 101". You may notice the Girls look kinda different in this one, wonder why that is? Well, when the original pilot "Meet Fuzzy Lumkins" first aired, the fan reaction was HORRENDOUS! A particular point of consternation came with the designs of the Girls, having strange circular designs, big bug eyes, and no fingers, ears or noses. The reaction to them was so negative, that when Craig was given his second chance at bringing the Girls to life, he had actually redesigned the Girls to look more human. A higher-up advised him to keep the original designs from the first short, so the Girls kept their fingerless, bug-eyed designs, and when "Crime 101" proved successful and the Girls got their own show, the Girls' first designs became what was used in the series, and that's how we got our Bug-Eyed Freaks!

And yes, these human Powerpuff Girls designs do look familiar. That's because they were dug up to be used in the Chris Savino Era episode "Oops, I Did It Again", where they were repurposed into being the designs of the Girls as ordinary, unpowered humans. While these designs are through and through for the Powerpuffs, as seen on the second model sheet, the Amoeba Boys are such bad criminals it wouldn't be besides the Run-of-the-Mill Girls to be friends with them!

As a side note, I actually prefer these designs to the canon designs. Maybe it's because they're so different, but they certainly do look stylized. I definitely prefer Craig's version of them over Savino's; Craig draws them cuter and more expressive, especially Buttercup. The one flaw I can possibly think of is that it doesn't make them seem truly "artificial", though I suppose the backstory was not done quite in detail; no can of whoop-ass to put in the mix! Still, it would be interesting to see what'd happen if these human designs were used in the series. What would that mean for characters who gain those trademark Powerpuff Eyes? What'd mean for other Chemical X creations like the Rowdyruff Boys? Heck, what would BUNNY look like in such a style, deformities and all? I shudder to think about that last one.

Anyway, I got the pic off the PPG Wiki, and the colors come from Geshundfight, the first appearance in the show of the Girls and Amoebas in the same episode. Not much else to say. Maybe I'll do more with these designs since they're so cute!
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this classic picture went completely unnoticed by the Internet.
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"the fan reaction was HORRENDOUS!"

Well I guess that was back when people still had some genuinely good artistic integrity with cartoons. But then what happened? Powerpuff Girls, as a series, ended up becoming what was probably the cheapest looking cartoon of the 90's, and fooled everyone into thinking it was the best thing ever. Granted, I do think that the bug-eyed designs of the girls make more sense if they're supposed to be unnatural products of science, but it's just that the final art and aesthetics for the show were downright terrible. Both of the What A Cartoon! shorts always looked better to me than the series itself did, even without these more human looking designs.

Of course it's a lot worse today, when there's literally a ton of new cartoons with ugly-ass looking art styles on modern-day Cartoon Network that people nowadays somehow think are "appealing", but I do think it goes all the way back to shows like this and how the original 1998 series ended up looking. I recently uploaded something I found on Twitter to illustrate this matter with: tooneguy.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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PerfectZanderSanchez Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, Blossom looks ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!!!!
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
The girls look like that one big eyed girl in Dexter's Laboratory that had a crush on Dexter, until she started dating that boy who had the same eyes as her.
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Aye Aye Eyes", the episode in question, was written and storyboarded by McCracken. He even co-wrote the song.
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Yeah that's the episode I was thinking of.
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The big-eyed girl would be a case of using the body type and standard design to a somewhat better use? 
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TheLatinGamer8888 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017   Artist
The Girls used to have Fingers, Ears and noses
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Darkmegafan01 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
These look great!
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