You know one thing I really hate about the PPG reboot? (Besides how terrible it is).
It doesn’t acknowledge the extended universe with established Genndy Tartakovsky shows like Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack. People can argue whether they are just easter eggs or not, but Dexter I’d say is canon to PPG universe because of the numerous appearances of Dexter, and the episode “Members Only.” They just never had an animated crossover. (They had a comicbook one at least).
Then there is Samurai Jack. This one isn’t so subtle, but there are some similarities between the two. The biggest one being Jack and the Professor’s appearance. The art styles are so strikingly similar with their blocky appearance, people always thought they were the same person! (Even though they aren’t). I always enjoyed the theory though, like maybe they are related somehow. Maybe Jack is an ancestor of the Professor. The Professor could have a mixed background of caucasian and asian parents. Who knows. Then there is the apocalypse theory, which is really interesting. In the very second episode of SJ, we see this destroyed and decaying city that looks awfully familiar. A billboard sign of the Talking Dog from the Powerpuff Girls episode “Uh Oh Dynamo” can be seen. People say that the leveled city could be Townsville itself, and that when Aku took over, the world was plunged into darkness, with not even the girls being able to stop him. It’s a darker theory, but I still kind of like it.
Anyways, PPG, Dexter, and Samurai Jack aren’t exactly canon with each other. (Maybe Dexter with PPG, I’d assume so). But the fact is that the creators always loved to reference each other’s work in their own shows, and it helped build this established universe that us fans would love to fantasize about. The fact that the reboot took these references out is a complete disgrace, and goes to show that the staff on that show truly don’t appreciate the fandom that the Craig McCracken and Genndy Tartakovsky CN era gave to us.
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