Tom Warburton (born ca. 1968 and often credited as Mr. Warburton) is an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for creating the two animated television series Kenny and the Chimp and Codename: Kids Next Door. Prior to that he served as production designer on the first season of Beavis and Butt-Head and was the lead character designer for the animated series Pepper Ann. He is also the author of the book series A Thousand Times No.
Warburton was born and raised in Pennsylvania, particularly the Philadelphia area. He attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he became interested in creating cartoons in his second year.
Kenny and the Chimp
Kenny and the Chimp was an unproduced animated series planned by Warburton. It was about an unlucky boy named Kenny who was constantly accompanied by an unintelligent chimpanzee named Chimpy, who would regularly create trouble for him in the various situations they experienced. The episode Diseasy Does It was the only one produced. Its alternative title was Chimp -N- Pox. There is also another episode called Got Your Nose, and it was about to also be produced, but never released. Among the recurring characters were a group of rebellious children calling themselves "The Kids Next Door" who would often cause trouble for Kenny. These characters would evolve into the members of Sector V and provided the basis for Codename: Kids Next Door. In addition, the character Professor XXXL, who was featured in Diseasy Does It, became a recurring character in Kids Next Door. Kenny and the Chimp make a brief cameo in the pilot episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, No P in the Ool.
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