The Powerpuff Girls Movie is a American animated superhero film based on the Cartoon Network animated television series of the same name produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The film was directed by series creator Craig McCracken. It is a prequel to the series that tells the origin story of how the Powerpuff Girls were created, and how they came to be the defenders of Townsville. In theaters, a Dexter's Laboratory short titled "Chicken Scratch" was shown prior to the film, which later aired as part of the series' fourth season. The film released in theaters on July 3, , by Warner Bros.