Whoopass Stew, also known as The Whoopass Girls, was a 3-minute short that would later be retooled into The Powerpuff Girls. The official name of the episode is The Whoopass Girls in: A Sticky Situation!.
It has a very simple plot. The Amoeba Boys (yes, the Amoeba Boys) are wrecking havoc on Townsville so the Whoopass Girls have to stop them. They end up "stopping them" by frying them on the sun.
The short was created by Craig McCracken for a college project in 1992. He eventually sent it off to Cartoon Network who decided to retool it into a children's cartoon. The rest was history. Craig had four shorts planned but only the original was ever made. The pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" from What A Cartoon! Show was originally under the "Whoopass Girls" mantle but the name was quickly changed due to the name being deemed inappropriate.
This cartoon contains examplea of:
- Characterization Marches On:
- The girls don't have individual personalities at this point. They're also much more violent than the norm, as they kill the Amoeba Boys.
- In heavy contrast with the final cartoon, the Amoeba Boys are an actual threat. They steal money from a bank and wield guns.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference:
- The girls designs are slightly taller and their eyelids are blue instead of purple.
- The Professor resembles an older, bald version of Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory.
- The Gangreen Gang look somewhat older and have slightly different designs.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The girls are all voiced by Jennifer Fried. The only superpowers they're shown to display are flight and possibly super-strength. Instead of Chemical X, the Professor accidentally added a can of WhoopAss (which looks like a meat stew) into the vat.
- Subverted Kids Show: The short is essentially a joke about cute little kids being very violent. The finalized show kept the joke, but toned everything down so it could be considered a kid's cartoon.