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Kim Possible is an Americanmarker animated television series about 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.

Premise

The series revolves around the life of Kimberly Ann Possible, a teenage crime fighter who deals with both super-villains trying to take over the world and her own school life without actually living a double life. Her best friend Ron Stoppable and Ron's pet naked mole rat, Rufus, act as sidekicks. They are backed up by Wade, a 10-year-old genius who gives Kim her equipment and missions and almost never leaves his room.

Kim lives in a normal town named "Middleton", and while the series revolves mostly around Kim’s fight against her enemies, she usually also has to deal with problems in her own daily life as a cheerleading teenager, normally as a subplot in many episodes.

Production

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.

The series premiered on Disney Channel in June 2002, and the first episode to air, "Crush", was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award the following year. After the premiere of this 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 one win). The show has been widely praised for its dialogue, animation, and characters (both heroic and villainous).

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 KP fans, Disney announced on November 29, 2005, that the show would be renewed for a fourth season, which 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."

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.

The show's title music, "Call Me, Beep Me," is sung by Christina Milian. Artist Stephen Silver was the lead character designer.

The series is currently the longest running Disney Channel Original Series in terms of duration, running for five years and three months.

Airtimes

Kim Possible aired on Toon Disney in the United Statesmarker, and Family in Canada. Some early episodes have been aired on ABC as part of its Saturday morning block ABC Kids.

Currently Kim Possible airs on Disney Channel at 1:30 AM EST.

In the UK, the show has often been aired on GMTV's children's weekend slot Toonattik, on ITV1. The show currently airs at 6:00AM and 11:35PM, weekdays, on the Disney Channel, whilst being broadcast at 10:50PM on a weekend. The show is also broadcast regular on the Disney Channel's movie service Disney Cinemagic.

In Australia, Kim Possible can be seen on Disney Channel Australia 3 times a day along with the Seven Network which are currently repeating the final season every Saturday at 7:05am. In India, Kim Possible can be seen on "Toon Disney", "Disney Channel" and "Disney CineMagic".

In Canada, the series is shown regularly on Family Channel.

It is still being aired on Disney Channel Latin America in the Pacific feed, from Monday to Friday in the animated block.

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 21 June 7, 2002 May 16, 2003
Season 2 32 July 18, 2003 August 5, 2004
Season 3 12 September 25, 2004 June 10, 2006
Season 4 22 February 10, 2007 September 7, 2007


Characters

The show hovers around the conflict of good and bad. The good is represented by the protagonists: vigilante and teen crime-fighter Kim Possible and her faithful sidekick Ron Stoppable. Ron owns a pet naked mole rat named Rufus who proves an excellent aid to Ron and Kim in their many battles versus Dr. Drakken and various other foes. Ron is also the main source of comic relief for the show. During the show, Kim and Ron progress through the high school, starting in the ninth grade in the pilot episode Crush and ending with the graduation party in the final episode Graduation.

Together the duo fights various antagonists. The most common of these is Doctor Drakken, assisted by his henchwoman Shego, whose unsuccessful world domination schemes appear in almost every episode of the show. The other common villains are Monkey Fist, Duff Killigan, Señor Senior, Sr. and Jr., and Professor Dementor. Monkey Fist starts out as an Indiana Jones-like persona, but soon turns into a megalomaniacal practicer of monkey kung fu, a real-world fighting discipline supernaturalized and portrayed as mystical in the series. Duff Killigan is an overweight Scottish golf player who wears a kilt and attacks his opponents by exploding golf balls. The Señor Senior father and son duo are at first just extremely rich people owning a large resort island. However, they are inadvertently pushed into the evil business by Ron Stoppable. Senior, the father is more business-oriented, as his son tends to exploit the evil ways for not-so-evil deeds, such as opening a personal disco. Little is revealed about Professor Dementor, an antagonist obsessed with world domination schemes like Doctor Drakken, his sworn enemy, although Dementor usually turns out to be more successful.

Films



DVDs

Various DVDs were released for the series:

  • Kim Possible: The Secret Files
  • Kim Possible Movie: A Sitch in Time
  • Kim Possible: The Villain Files
  • Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
  • Kim Possible: Monkey Business (Europe and Australia only)
  • Kim Possible: Season 1 (Germanymarker only)
  • Kim Possible: Season 2 (Germanymarker only)
Probably all 4 seasons will be released in Germany. These are region 2 DVDs with the original English language track included.As of 2009, Disney has yet to release complete seasons to DVD in Region 1 (North America), preferring to issue only select episodes, plus the movie. However, all 4 seasons of the show can be purchased on iTunes.

Soundtrack

Video games



International

A Mandarin version aired on CCTV-12 in Chinamarker, and an Arabic dub was also made which started airing on Dubai TV in early 2006 and is currently airing on MBC 3 on the network's "Disney morning timeslot". The only changes were to the characters' names; Kim was called "Damo Staheel" (Mostaheel is Arabic for Impossible), Ron was called "Mostah Aed", "Awad", Shego was called "Shahira", and Dr. Drakken was called "Daraken". The show aired on the French Disney Channel and then on TF1marker's Disney show in Francemarker. Several changes were made in the names to fit with translated jokes: for example Ron is called Robin Trépide ("Intrépide", meaning intrepid: some kind of a courageous and adventurer). From August 11, 2008, the show airs on Jetix, in Romaniamarker. In Bulgariamarker the show was aired on Kanal 1 in 2005. The same translation was made available on the Bulgarian version of Jetix on October 20, 2008. In Swedenmarker, the show has been aired on SVT1, Disney Channel Sweden and Toon Disney Sweden. The show was dubbed to Swedish, but the names were the same as in the original version. This is also so in the Dutch version.

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