Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying numerous excellent Disney shows, but one of the most beloved among them was the critically acclaimed animated series “Kim Possible.” It holds a special place in the hearts of fans, so much so that Disney brought it back for a fourth season in 2007 after receiving overwhelming support from fans who practically begged for the show’s return. “Kim Possible” follows the adventures of its titular character, an average high school student who juggles cheer practice, hanging out with her best friend Ron Stoppable, and saving the world – you know, the typical high school activities. But what makes Kim Possible such a fan favorite, even after all these years, is her relatable nature. She embodies the insecurities and minor worries that any high school girl can understand.
One notable aspect that endears Kim to the audience is her wardrobe. Unlike many cartoon characters, Kim actually wears more than one outfit, which makes her quite memorable. However, older viewers are likely to notice certain elements of the show that might be missed by their younger counterparts. From influences rooted in comic books and caped crusaders to the darker sides of the “Naco” and characters’ story arcs, to real-life kung fu and heavy metal head-bangers, here are some things that only seasoned audiences are likely to notice while watching “Kim Possible.”
Let’s start with the gadgets. Like James Bond, Kim Possible is known for wielding a plethora of nifty spy gadgets. Her arsenal includes an iconic grappling hook, a laser gadget disguised as a tube of lipstick, and a compact mirror capable of deflecting energy weapons. All of this technology is designed by Kim’s friend Wade, a ten-year-old genius who has already graduated high school and college. Wade’s most indispensable invention is the Kimmunicator, a novel communications and computing device that makes smartphones seem as obsolete as cuneiform and smoke signals.
However, those who pay attention to the show’s theme song lyrics, “Call Me, Beep Me!” by Christina Milian, will also note that Kim carries other, more traditional communication devices in addition to the Kimmunicator. The lyrics mention a cell phone and a pager, although Kim is never actually seen using either. This raises questions for those old enough to remember the days of pagers. Why would a high school teenager carry both a cell phone and a pager, especially when she possesses a device that renders them both outdated? It seems a little excessive, doesn’t it? And who is paying for all those monthly charges?
Speaking of expenses, you might think that saving the world on a regular basis would provide Kim with a steady paycheck. However, older viewers can’t help but notice that Kim doesn’t get paid a single cent for all her hard work and sacrifice. This lack of financial compensation is not brushed over or ignored by the show’s writers; in fact, it acts as a driving plot point throughout the series. Kim’s financial struggles lead her to take up side jobs at Club Banana, her favorite store in the mall, and Bueno Nacho, an obvious parody of Taco Bell. It’s unfair and seemingly illegal that a busy teen like Kim has to juggle two side jobs on top of school, homework, extracurricular activities, and saving the world. One can’t help but wonder why her parents allow this apparent exploitation of their daughter. They could have at least given her an allowance for all her good deeds!
Now, let’s talk about the infamous Naco. Kim’s best friend, Ron Stoppable, also works at Bueno Nacho for a brief period. During his time there, Ron invents a new menu item called the “Naco.” It combines nachos with taco ingredients, all wrapped up in a neat little package. The Naco becomes an instant hit, with customers flocking to Bueno Nacho just to try it. Older viewers might find themselves pondering the taste of the Naco. Does it really live up to the hype? Sadly, there is no real-life Bueno Nacho chain where we can indulge in this gastronomic creation. But the idea of combining nachos and tacos is tantalizing enough to make one wish it were a real thing.
Moving on from food to music, “Kim Possible” incorporates various nods to real-life pop culture, particularly the heavy metal genre. Fans of rock music might notice that Motor Ed, a recurring villain in the series, bears a striking resemblance to the late Lemmy Kilmister, the iconic frontman of the band Motörhead. From Motor Ed’s long hair, signature mutton chops, and gruff voice to his affinity for motorcycles, the similarities are hard to miss. It’s a clever homage that adds an extra layer of enjoyment for older viewers who appreciate the influence of legendary rock figures.
Speaking of influences, the show also pays tribute to comic books and superheroes. Ron, the lovable sidekick, adopts a superhero persona called the Fearless Ferret in one episode. The Fearless Ferret is a direct parody of Batman, taking inspiration from both the ’60s Batman TV series and the futuristic “Batman Beyond.” From the Ferret’s black costume and utility belt to the catchy theme song and witty banter, fans of the Dark Knight will find plenty of nods to the Caped Crusader throughout the episode. It’s a delightful Easter egg for older viewers who grew up watching Batman and his various iterations.
Another aspect that might capture the attention of older viewers is the complex relationships between the characters. Dr. Drakken, Kim’s arch-nemesis, and Shego, Drakken’s sidekick, exhibit a unique dynamic that evolves over the course of the series. They are not just one-dimensional villains; there is a hint of complexity in their interactions. Kim and Drakken share a love-hate relationship, which is often laced with humor and sarcasm. Shego, on the other hand, has a complicated relationship with both Kim and Drakken, at times acting as a reluctant accomplice and at other times revealing hints of camaraderie with Kim. These intricate relationships bring depth and intrigue to the show and keep older viewers engaged.
Lastly, let’s not forget the remarkable voice cast behind the characters. Older viewers may recognize the voices of several well-known actors and comedians throughout the series. The talented Christy Carlson Romano, who portrayed Ren Stevens in the popular Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” provides the voice for Kim Possible. Will Friedle, known for his role as Eric Matthews in the sitcom “Boy Meets World,” lends his voice to Ron Stoppable, while John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender in “Futurama,” brings Dr. Drakken to life with his distinctive voice. The stellar voice cast adds an extra layer of enjoyment for older viewers, who can appreciate the talent and recognize the familiar voices behind their favorite characters.
In conclusion, “Kim Possible” holds a special place in the hearts of fans young and old. While younger viewers may be captivated by Kim’s exciting adventures, older viewers have the advantage of catching references to comic books and superheroes, appreciating the darker sides of certain story arcs, wondering about the taste of the fictional Naco, recognizing real-life influences on characters like Motor Ed, and delighting in the complex relationships between the characters. The show’s clever writing, attention to detail, and exceptional voice cast make “Kim Possible” a timeless animated series that can be enjoyed by multiple generations. So, whether you’re a seasoned fan or discovering it for the first time, “Kim Possible” continues to be an extraordinary and enjoyable experience for all.
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