The original Kim Possible animated show, which ran between 2002 and 2007, was on my radar but never part of my lexicon.
I recognized the main character, but — unlike many of my younger readers — it wasn’t a show I ever watched.
However, as a Disney reporter, “KP” remains omnipresent.
The story of a “high school cheerleader and her accident-prone best friend [who] balance their duties as global crime-fighters with the typical challenges of adolescence” is seminal who those who enjoyed the show during their own adolescence (or
Now, over a decade after the original show concluded, and after watching last night’s premiere of the Kim Possible reboot, I too am very high on the character and the show.
Previous to the debut, Disney Channel teased:
Everyday teen hero Kim Possible (Sadie Stanley, above) and her best friend Ron Stoppable (Sean Giambrone) embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. While Kim and Ron have always been one step ahead of their opponents, navigating the social hierarchy of high school is more challenging than the action-heroes ever imagined. With Drakken (Todd Stashwick) and Shego (Taylor Ortega) lurking in the wings, Kim must rely on her family and friends on Team Possible — Ron, tech-genius Wade (Issac Ryan Brown), new friend Athena (Ciara Wilson), and Rufus, a naked mole-rat — to stop these super villains.
The show delivered on the premise and allowed enough action-packed fun to make the “first day of school” trope to be more than palatable to new (and “old”) viewers like myself.
Sadie Stanley seemed very ready to take over the mantle of the adored
That said, Kim Possible — which, again, suffers some of the stumbles that many TV pilots might succumb to — overcomes any “wonkiness” by playing up the quirkiness of each of its characters in a fitting homage to the original cast. However, that awkwardness also plays as a tribute to the trials and tribulations of nearly every story of adolescence.
Given how often my boys will watch (and re-watch, and re-watch, and — well, you get it…) their current Disney favorites, the real test of this show will be just how often I can stand seeing the same scenarios over-and-over.
At this point, however; I am about to start my binge of the original cartoon so that I can better enjoy the many Easter eggs inherent in the reboot.
But what do you think?
Did you watch the original? What about the reboot? Do you think, like I do, that Kim Possible represents a “good sign” as Disney+ begins production on its slate of live-action re-imaginings?
Let us know in the comments below…