The Powerpuff Girls Movie is a 2002 American animated action film based on the Cartoon Network animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Warner Bros. Pictures and Cartoon Network, the film debuted in the United States on July 3, 2002. It was a prequel of the series, telling the origin story of how the Powerpuff Girls were created and how they came to be the defenders of Townsville. Despite the film receiving positive reception, it performed poorly at the box office despite being made profitable. It was the first Hanna-Barbera/Cartoon Network Studios theatrical feature film since 1993's Once Upon a Forest, and is the first film based on a Cartoon Network series to be released theatrically. In theaters, a Dexter's Laboratory short entitled "Chicken Scratch" was shown prior to the film. The film made its TV debut on Cartoon Network on May 23, 2003. The Dexter's Laboratory short "Chicken Scratch" was aired as part of the 77th episode of the series on November 4, 2003.