Kim Possible

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Kim Possible
Disney's Kim Possible (intertitle).jpg
The series' intertitle.
Genre Action-adventure[1]
Created by Bob Schooley
Mark McCorkle
Voices of Christy Carlson Romano
Will Friedle
John DiMaggio
Nicole Sullivan
Nancy Cartwright
Tahj Mowry
Theme music composer Cory Lerios and George Gabriel
Opening theme "Call Me, Beep Me", performed by Christina Milian
Composer(s) Adam Berry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 87 (+ two TV movies) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround (Season 1-3)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (Season 4)
Original run June 7, 2002 (2002-06-07) – September 7, 2007 (2007-09-07)
External links
Website

Kim Possible is an American animated television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel. It centers on Kim Possible, a teenage crime fighter who has the task of dealing with worldwide, family, and school issues every day. The show is action-oriented, but also has a light-hearted atmosphere and often lampoons the conventions and clichés of the secret-agent and action genres.

Kim Possible was the second animated Disney Channel Original Series, and the first series to be produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, in association with Disney Channel. Originally broadcast from 2002 to 2007, Kim Possible was Disney Channel's longest running original animated series until it was surpassed by Phineas and Ferb, but still remains unique for being given one more season after the finale movie due to fan demand.

Premise[edit]

Promotional artwork for "Crush", the series' pilot. From left to right: Shego, Ron, Kim, Dr. Drakken, and Rufus.

The show centers around teenage crime-fighter Kim Possible (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano) and her clumsy yet lovable sidekick Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle). Ron owns a pet naked mole-rat named Rufus (Nancy Cartwright), who proves an excellent aide to Ron and Kim in their many adventures. During the show, Kim and Ron progress through Middleton High School, starting in tenth grade in the pilot episode, Crush, and ending with a graduation party as Seniors in the final episode, Graduation. They also progress in relationship, starting out as best friends and becoming boyfriend and girlfriend at the end of season three. Most episodes revolve around Kim's attempt to balance her heroic life with her everyday life problems as a normal teenager, which are usually presented as a subplot.[2]

Together, the duo fight various antagonists, most commonly Doctor Drakken (John DiMaggio), assisted by his henchwoman Shego (Nicole Sullivan), whose unsuccessful world domination schemes appear in most episodes of the show. The other common villains are Monkey Fist, a megalomaniacal practitioner of monkey kung fu;[3] Duff Killigan, an overweight Scottish golf player who wears a kilt and attacks his opponents with exploding golf balls;[4] Señor Senior, Sr. and Jr., a wealthy father-and-son duo who own a large resort island;[5][6] and Professor Dementor, Doctor Drakken's rival who is also obsessed with world domination and is usually more successful than his opponent.[7][8]

The series takes place in what is supposed to be an "Anytown, USA" named Middleton. Middleton it is built around a thriving NASA-like Space Center with several supportive Science Labs.

Production[edit]

Creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley claim they created the show in an elevator. As they tell it, McCorkle looked at Schooley and said, "Kim Possible: she can do anything". Schooley at once replied, "Her partner is Ron Stoppable: he can't do anything". The creators also maintain that it was always their intention for Kim and Ron to eventually become involved romantically, rather than just remaining best friends. This becomes a reality in the supposed series-ending movie, Kim Possible: So the Drama. The romantic theme also continues in season four.[9]

The series premiered on Disney Channel on June 7, 2002,[10] with the episode "Crush". On February 22, 2005, after three seasons and 65 episodes, the show ended production. Due to the popularity of the series and grassroots operations by dedicated fans, Disney announced on November 29, 2005, that the show would be renewed for a fourth season.

The fourth season debuted on Disney Channel on February 10, 2007. The series finale aired on September 7, 2007, with the airing of the one-hour-long concluding episode "Graduation."[11] Steve Loter documented the production of the final episode of season four, and thus the completion of the Kim Possible franchise, in a blog titled "So the Finale" hosted on Blogger. It included behind-the-scenes and production information from the perspective of the crew as well as production sketches from one of several alternative endings that had been scripted. "So the Finale" maintained an open comment system allowing fans to express their views on the franchise and its closure.[12]

The show's title music, "Call Me, Beep Me," was sung by Christina Milian and composed by Cory Lerios and George Gabriel. Artist Stephen Silver was the lead character designer.

Broadcast[edit]

Episodes were broadcast in syndication in the United States on Disney-affiliated channels such as Toon Disney and ABC as part of its ABC Kids lineup.[13] On September 27, 2013, Kim Possible returned to Disney Channel for a single airing of two episodes part of Disney Channel's 'Throwback Thursday' midnight timeslot.[14] This airing was repeated on September 28, 2013. From 2014 to 2015, Kim Possible aired weekdays on Disney XD in the United States. The series also airs on Disney-affiliated channels around the world in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, India, South Africa, and several Eastern European countries.

The series is currently the second longest running Disney Channel Original Series in terms of duration, running for five years and three months, having been surpassed by Phineas & Ferb in 2013.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 21 June 7, 2002 May 16, 2003
2 30 July 18, 2003 August 5, 2004
3 14 September 25, 2004 June 10, 2006
4 22 February 10, 2007 September 7, 2007

Crossover with Lilo & Stitch[edit]

Kim Possible comes to Kauai with Ron Stoppable in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series named after Ron's pet naked mole rat Rufus. The two help Lilo rescue Stitch from Dr. Drakken, while Jumba mistakes Rufus for one of his missing experiments.

Films[edit]

DVDs[edit]

Volume Release Date Episodes
Kim Possible: The Secret Files September 2, 2003 "Attack of the Killer Bebes"
"Downhill"
"Partners"
"Crush (Bonus Episode)"
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time November 28, 2003 "Present"
"Past"
"Future"
Kim Possible: The Villain Files December 7, 2004 "Blush"
"Animal Attraction"
"Number One"
"Showdown at Crooked D"
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama May 10, 2005 "Part 1"
"Part 2"
"Part 3"
"Gorilla Fist (Bonus episode)"
Kim Possible: Monkey Business
(Europe and Australia only)
November 5, 2007 "Monkey Fist Strikes"
"Monkey Ninjas in Space"
"The Full Monkey"
"Gorilla Fist"
Kim Possible Finale: Graduation October 4, 2007 "Part 1"
"Part 2"
Kim Possible: The Complete First Season 2010 (USA & Canada) Features all 21 episodes over 3 discs.
Kim Possible: The Complete Second Season 2010 (USA & Canada) Features all 31 episodes over 3 discs.

Soundtrack[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Disney's Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist (GBA) — released, November 15, 2002
  • Disney's Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise (GBA) — released, September 22, 2004
  • Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible (GBA) — released, July 26, 2005
  • Disney's Kim Possible: Kimmunicator (DS) — released, November 9, 2005
  • Disney's Kim Possible: Legend of the Monkeys Eye (PC) — released, May 16, 2006
  • Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch? (PS2) — released, October 19, 2006
  • Disney's Kim Possible: Global Gemini (DS) — released, February 13, 2007

Reception[edit]

The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award in 2003. After the premiere of the pilot episode, Kim Possible was the most-watched and highest-rated television show on Disney Channel at that time. The series as a whole was nominated for the Daytime Emmy in 2004 and again in 2005 (that year it received five nominations and won one for Outstanding Sound Mixing — Live Action and Animation).[15] The show has been widely praised for its dialogue, animation, and characters (both heroic and villainous).[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2005 - Outstanding Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation - Melissa Ellis and Fil Brown (Won)

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure[edit]

Based on the series, the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure was an interactive attraction that took place in several of Epcot's World Showcase pavilions in Walt Disney World. The attraction is an electronic scavenger hunt that has guests using special "Kimmunicators" (in actuality, modified cell phones) to help Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable solve a "crime" or disrupt an evil-doer's "plans for global domination." The "Kimmunicator" is able to trigger specific events within the pavilion grounds that provide clues to completing the adventure. Launched in January 2009 and presented by Verizon Wireless, the Adventure is included in park admission.[17]

The attraction was closed on May 18, 2012 to make way for a similar attraction themed around the character of "Agent P" from the Disney Channel animated television show Phineas and Ferb. The new attraction, now called "Disney's Phineas and Ferb's Agent P World Showcase Adventure" opened in June 2012.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Possible". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley Interview on Kim Possible Season 4
  3. ^ Kim Possible, episode 13, Monkey Fist Strikes (September 13, 2002)
  4. ^ Kim Possible, episode 14, October 31st (October 11, 2002)
  5. ^ Kim Possible, episode 3, The New Ron (June 7, 2002)
  6. ^ Kim Possible, episode 11, Coach Possible (23 August 2002)
  7. ^ Kim Possible, episode 39, Hidden Talent (January 2, 2004)
  8. ^ Kim Possible, episode 54, Bonding (October 22, 2004)
  9. ^ The Background Art of Kim Possible Art director Alan Bodner and executive producer/director Chris Bailey discuss the Background Art of Disney's Kim Possible.
  10. ^ "Kim Possible: Cast & Details". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ So The Finale, Official Season Four finale production blog by Steve Loter (2008-01-01)
  12. ^ Loter Steve (2007) "So the Finale", Blogger
  13. ^ "Kim Possible's creators speak: An interview with Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley". ParentDish. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.locatetv/listings/disney-channel-pacific#02-May-2013
  15. ^ Awards for "Kim Possible" (2006), retrieved August 4, 2006
  16. ^ Latest interview with Steve Loter
  17. ^ Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Description of EPCOT'S Kim Possible attraction, with demonstration video, from Walt Disney World's website.
  18. ^ Orlando Sentinel (5 July 2012). "Disney World: Agent P at Disney World's Epcot - Orlando Sentinel". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

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