Codename: Kids Next Door

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Codename: Kids Next Door
KNDLogo.png
Genre Comedy
Action/Adventure[1]
Created by Tom Warburton
Written by
Directed by Tom Warburton
Robert Alvarez (timing)
Voices of
Composer(s) Stephen Rucker
Thomas Chase Jones
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 78 (141 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Tom Warburton
  • Steve Oakes
  • David Starr
  • Richard Winkler
  • Jonathan Paley
Producer(s) Bruce Knapp
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Cartoon Network
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format
First shown in July 20, 2001 (2001-07-20)
Original release December 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) – January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21)
External links
Website
Production website

Codename: Kids Next Door is an American animated television series created by Tom Warburton for Cartoon Network, and the 13th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series centers on the adventures of five children who operate from a high-tech tree house, fighting against adult and teen villains with advanced 2×4 technology. Using their codenames (Numbuh 1, Numbuh 2, Numbuh 3, Numbuh 4, and Numbuh 5), they are Sector V, part of a global organization called the Kids Next Door.

The series came about as the result of a viewer's poll by Cartoon Network.[2] It ran from 2002 to 2008, with six seasons and 78 episodes. It also had two television films, Operation: Z.E.R.O.[3][4] aired in 2006, and the series finale Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S., aired in 2008.[5]

Overview[edit]

From left to right: Numbuh 2, Numbuh 4, Numbuh 3, Numbuh 1, and Numbuh 5

Premise[edit]

The show revolves around the main home operatives of Sector V — Numbuh One (Nigel Uno), Numbuh Two (Hoagie P. Gilligan, Jr.), Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban), Numbuh Four (Wallabee Beatles), and Numbuh Five (Abigail Lincoln). Their mission is to fight crimes against kids (such as homework and flossing) committed by adults, senior citizens, teenagers, and other "evil" children. They make up what is known as Sector V of a worldwide organization called the Kids Next Door.

Production history[edit]

Warburton created a pilot episode, entitled "Diseasy Does It", for another planned show, Kenny and the Chimp, which was produced by Hanna-Barbera. Originally, there was a group of children who called themselves "The Kids Next Door" among the recurring characters, and would often get Kenny into trouble. The plot-line was then changed to focus on the group of kids alone, and later, the kids battling adulthood.[6] In 2001, the show's pilot episode, "No P in the OOL", won a Cartoon Network viewer's poll, and as a result, Codename: Kids Next Door was greenlit to become a series, while Kenny and the Chimp was not greenlit by the channel.[7] The character Professor XXXL, that appeared in "Diseasy Does It", became a villain in Codename: Kids Next Door after Kenny and the Chimp wasn't picked up for a series. Despite this, Kenny and the Chimp did become a segment in the series.

Storylines[edit]

The episodes are titled as the Kids Next Door's missions, denoted as "Operation:" followed by an acronym which often gives viewers clues as to what the episode is about. The episodes have little continuity, although occasionally missions make a reference to earlier episodes or lead to consequences in another. Season Five's "Operation: O.U.T.B.R.E.A.K." is a direct continuation of another episode ("Operation: V.I.R.U.S."), Season Six's "Operation: S.C.I.E.N.C.E." leads into "Operation: A.M.I.S.H." while another pair of Season Six episodes; "Operation: R.E.C.E.S.S." and "Operation: H.A.M.S.T.E.R." occur simultaneously, the latter showing what transpires while the team is away.

Stories in the earlier episodes were often about typical childhood problems, but magnified and exaggerated. As the series progressed, a more complex and continuous storyline developed. The final season revolved around a mysterious splinter cell within the KND itself observing Numbuh One for an unknown assignment. This was concluded in the series finale Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.

The show frequently contains references to films and other television series, especially in the later seasons, such as Dragon Ball Z, The Pink Panther, Planet of the Apes, Jaws, Jurassic Park, the Alien franchise, King Kong, The Terminator, Resident Evil, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, The Matrix, X-Men, James Bond, Toy Story, the Stargate franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Indiana Jones film series, with Star Wars being the most prominent.

KND Organization[edit]

The Kids Next Door Organization is a worldwide group comprising thousands of kids joined in mutual struggle against teenage/adult tyranny. They fight villains that embody specific menaces to children overall (such as dental hygiene or school lunch). Following a period of training, every member of the Kids Next Door chooses a number or alphanumeric code (deliberately pronounced and spelled as "numbuh") and is sent to a "sector" that acts as their home base. Sector headquarters are often tree houses of ludicrous proportions, which are often suited to their environment. This includes a base constructed beneath the Arctic ice shelf, and a base built into a large pine tree. The main headquarters of the Kids Next Door is a tree house Moon Base. Kids follow their oath of protecting other kids as well as battling adulthood until the age of 13, when they are "decommissioned", a process of wiping their memories of any past KND activity and warping their minds. Such a practice has inevitably led to the creation of many KND villains who escaped decommissioning (notably Cree, formerly known as Numbuh 11, and Numbuh 5's older sister, and Chad, formerly known as Numbuh 274 and supreme commander of the Kids Next Door).

The practice of strict decommissioning at age 13 was later on revealed to be subject to exceptions: kids who have proved to be exceptional agents are offered the chance to carry on in KND as spies infiltrating the teen organization.[8] Decommissioning has also proved reversible due to a "re-commissioning" module used four times in the series (once in Operation: E.N.D. and three times in Operation: Z.E.R.O.).[9] [10]

Technology[edit]

KND agents utilize a vast array of mechanical, electronic gadgets and machinery, collectively referred to as 2x4 (two-by-four) technology. The KND 2x4 technology was originally conceived as an assortment of common household objects, being put to use in combat situation; a theme that their weapons continued to adhere to. However, as the series progressed, the complexity of their defensive weaponry and transportation advanced to such absurd levels as to be considered science fiction, despite all of it still being constructed with nothing but household materials. In addition to the technology, many KND operatives also wear helmets similar to kabuto or samurai helmets, an example being Supreme Leader Numbuh 362.

A common theme of the show is the introduction of a new never-before-seen device, complete with its own acronym, in a sidebar screen that temporarily interrupts the storyline. Many of these devices require military-level driving or piloting skills in order for them to be operated effectively.

Characters[edit]

  • Numbuh 1 / Nigel Uno (voiced by Benjamin Diskin)
  • Numbuh 2 / Hogarth "Hoagie" Pennywhistle Gilligan, Jr. (voiced by Benjamin Diskin)
  • Numbuh 3 / Kuki Sanban (voiced by Lauren Tom)
  • Numbuh 4 / Wallabee "Wally" Beatles (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Numbuh 5 / Abigail "Abby" Lincoln (voiced by Cree Summer)
  • Numbuh 86 / Fanny Fulbright (voiced by Jennifer Hale)
  • Numbuh 362 / Rachel McKenzie (voiced by Rachael MacFarlane)
  • The Delightful Children from Down the Lane / Sector Z (voiced by Benjamin Diskin, Dee Bradley Baker, and Cree Summer)
  • Father / Benedict Uno (voiced by Maurice LaMarche in Father mode and Jeff Bennett in Benedict mode)
  • Mr. Boss (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
  • Numbuh 11 / Cree Lincoln (voiced by Cree Summer)
  • Numbuh 274 / Chad Dickson (voiced by Jason Harris)
  • Knightbrace / Jasper Jelly (voiced by Tom Kenny)
  • Stickybeard (voiced by Mark Hamill)
  • Toiletnator / Lou Pottingsworth III (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Crazy Old Cat Lady (voiced by Grey DeLisle)
  • Grandma Stuffum (voiced by Grey DeLisle)
  • Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb / John Wink and Timothy Fibb (voiced by Tom Kenny and Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Henrietta "Heinrich" Von Marzipan (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker and Candi Milo)
  • Ice Cream Men (voiced by Tom Kenny, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Daran Norris)
  • Senior Citizen Squad (voiced by Candi Milo, Tom Kenny, and Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Numbuh 0 /Montgomery "Monty" Uno (voiced by Frank Welker in adult mode and Dave Wittenberg in Numbuh 0 mode)
  • Numbuh 49(-Temporary)/Numbuh Vine /Elizabeth "Lizzie" Devine (voiced by Grey DeLisle)
  • Numbuh T/Trillion/ Thomas "Tommy" Gilligan (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Mushi Sanban (voiced by Tara Strong)
  • Numbuh 6 / Bradley the Skunk (animal sound effects by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Numbuh 9 / Maurice (Voiced by Khary Payton)
  • Numbuh 83 / Sonya (Voiced by Janice Kawaye)
  • Numbuh 84 / Lee (Voiced By Janice Kawaye)
  • Count Spankulot (Voiced by Daran Norris)

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot September 4, 1998 (1998-09-04) July 20, 2001 (2001-07-20)
1 13 December 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) March 7, 2003 (2003-03-07)
2 13 October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03) June 4, 2004 (2004-06-04)
3 13 June 11, 2004 (2004-06-11) November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12)
4 13 November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19) July 22, 2005 (2005-07-22)
5 13 September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30) August 25, 2006 (2006-08-25)
6 13 September 9, 2006 (2006-09-09) December 7, 2007 (2007-12-07)
Operation: Z.E.R.O. August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Specials November 10, 2007 (2007-11-10) January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21)

There are six seasons, each with 13 episodes (two half-length episodes counting as one), adding up to 78 episodes altogether. There have been two TV movies, the first taking place between the second and third episodes of season 6 (Operation: Z.E.R.O.),[11][12] and the second at the end of season 6 (Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.), which served as the series finale.

Reception[edit]

Codename: Kids Next Door received mostly positive reviews and became one of Cartoon Network's top-rated and most popular series; it holds a 8.1/10 rating on TV.com, a 7.2/10 rating on IMDb.com. and a 96% rating from Google users. Common Sense Media, an education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children, wrote that the "silly cartoon is too violent for youngest viewers."[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2005, the series won the Best Television Series for Children Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival for "Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E.", which was written by Tom Warburton and Mo Willems and storyboarded by Guy Moore and Quack Leard.[14]

The following year, "Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E." won the Festival's Collideascope Award for Television Animation for Children.

Broadcast[edit]

Other media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Two DVDs in two volumes were released of the series, totaling sixteen episodes by Warner Home Video.

DVD title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
Region 1 Region 2
Sooper Hugest Missions: File One 1, 2 9 October 26, 2004 May 15, 2006 2a ("Operation: I.-S.C.R.E.A.M."), 4a ("Operation: P.I.R.A.T.E."), 7 ("Operation: L.I.C.E." / "Operation: L.I.Z.Z.I.E."), 8a ("Operation: T.H.E.-F.L.Y."), 13 ("Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P."), 14a ("Operation: C.A.T.S."), 15a ("Operation: S.P.A.N.K.") and 16a ("Operation: S.U.P.P.O.R.T.")

Extras: Six 2x4 TECH S.P.E.C.S., exclusive KND Game Boy Advance Cheats, and bonus episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "House of Bloo's"

Cartoon Network Halloween 2: Grossest Halloween Ever 3 1 August 9, 2005 N/A 37a ("Operation: T.R.I.C.K.Y.")
Sooper Hugest Missions: File Two 1–3 7 August 23, 2005 N/A 2b ("Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N."), 9b ("Operation: C.A.M.P."), 10b ("Operation: C.H.A.D."), 15b ("Operation: D.A.T.E."), 19a ("Operation: S.H.A.V.E."), 25b ("Operation: T.R.I.P."), and 31b ("Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G.")

Extras: Bonus episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "Crushed!" and hints and tips of Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.

Cartoon Network: Christmas Rocks 1 1 October 4, 2005 N/A 11a ("Operation: P.I.A.N.O.".)
Cartoon Network Halloween 3: Sweet Sweet Fear 3 September 12, 2006 N/A 36b ("Operation: J.E.W.E.L.S.".)
Cartoon Network Christmas 3 5 October 3, 2006 N/A 57 ("Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.")
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 2 1, 2 9 June 23, 2015 N/A Sooper Hugest Missions: File One
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 3 June 23, 2015 N/A Sooper Hugest Missions: File One, instead of Sooper Hugest Missions: File Two

In other series or works[edit]

On an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy entitled "Sickly Sweet", a scene depicts Grim watching Codename: Kids Next Door. Also, in Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, Numbuh Three makes a cameo as Grim's replacement. Also, in the MAD episode "Taking Nemo / Once Upon a Toon", Numbuh One cameos as one of the cartoon characters who has forgotten his identity. The show was also referenced in the New Boyz song "Tough Kids."[16] In the 2004 film Sideways, the show is playing on Miles's mother's television set.

Publications[edit]

Stories featuring the Kids Next Door have been featured in the comic series Cartoon Cartoons, Cartoon Network Block Party, and Cartoon Network Action Pack. The characters are also featured in the books 2x4 Technology Handbook and Sooper Secrets and Boomerang Bloopers, both by Alison Wilgus.

Trading cards[edit]

A trading card game based on the series was launched by Wizards of the Coast in July 2005.

Video games[edit]

Two video games were released for the series: Operation: S.O.D.A. in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance and Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. in 2005 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. Several browser games were also released on the Cartoon Network website. The MMORPG style game Operation: B.E.S.T. was playable for a brief time in 2005, but was shut down shortly thereafter.

In Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, Numbuhs One through Five, and villains Father, Toiletnator, and Stickybeard appear as non-playable characters. KNDefense armor and 2x4 Tech weapons are available for players, Sector V's treehouse can be explored, and KND S.C.A.M.P.E.R.s can be used for transport. In Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, Father and Numbuh 1 are playable, Sector V Treehouse and the C.O.O.L.-B.U.S. are arenas, and Numbuh 2 and Stickybeard are assist characters. In the console versions, Toiletnator is a playable character, Numbuh 4 is an assist character, and KND Moonbase is an arena.

Possible revival and proposed spin-off[edit]

On January 31, 2008, during a Q&A session on LiveJournal, when Tom Warburton was asked if "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S." was in fact the true finale of Codename: KND, Warburton said that it was not necessarily meant to be the finale, stating that a revival could be made in the future.[17]

Warburton had unsuccessfully pitched a Galactic: Kids Next Door spin-off several times to Cartoon Network executives,[18] and at one point he considered to make a TV movie as a pilot for the potential spin-off series.[17] Following having any response, Warburton eventually decided to create a pitch that would be distributed over the internet pseudonymously in order to try and get the series approved with help from fans. Warburton wrote the script and collaborated with others who had worked on the series to produce an animatic-style pitch.[19][20] On March 19, 2015, a video was posted on YouTube of what appears to be an animatic of a sequel series featuring Numbuh 1 and the Galactic KND, entitled Galactic: Kids Next Door.[21] On April 1, 2015, a fan-made petition was started on Change.org to make G:KND a real series, which was also signed by Warburton himself and by voice actor Dee Bradley Baker.[22] Rat Animation also showed interest in the project.[23] Warburton later noted that the executives at Cartoon Network had noticed the response but were not interested in a continuation to KND, though he remained confident to get the sequel approved in the future.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ "'Total Immersion Cartoon' Events Take Control at Cartoon Network". Time Warner. February 21, 2001. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  3. ^ Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO – EpGuides.com Archived 2014-10-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation Z.E.R.O. – IMDb". imdb.com. 
  5. ^ Baisley, Sarah (January 16, 2008). "Codename: Kids Next Door Embarks on Final Mission". Animation World Network. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Audio Interview: Tom Warburton". Frederatorblogs.com. November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  7. ^ Ball, Ryan (December 5, 2002). "Codename: Kids Next Door Goes Into Action". Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.". Codename: Kids Next Door. Season 4. Episode 11. 2005-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Operation: E.N.D.". Codename: Kids Next Door. Season 2. Episode 13. 2004-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Operation: Z.E.R.O.". Codename: Kids Next Door (TV Movie). Episode M1. 2006-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Kids Next Door Movie Debuts Friday". Animation Magazine. August 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  12. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (August 8, 2006). "Begin Operation Z.E.R.O." Animation Insider. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  13. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door". commonsensemedia.org. 
  14. ^ "2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival Awards". animationfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  15. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door - TV Show, Episode Guide & Schedule". TWC Central. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "New Boyz – Tough Kids Lyrics". 
  17. ^ a b "Sooper Secret KND Production Blog". kidsnextblog.livejournal.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "
    THE G:KND EXPERIMENT (part 1)
    "
    . warburtonlabs.blogspot.pe. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
     
  19. ^ http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.pe/2015/06/the-gknd-experiment-part-3.html, Tom Warburton, "The G:KND EXPERIMENT (part 3)". Warburton Labs ,Jun. 5, 2015.
  20. ^ http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.pe/2015/06/the-gknd-experiment-part-1.html, Tom Warburton "The G:KND EXPERIMENT (part 1)". Warburton Labs ,Jun. 1, 2015.
  21. ^ Numbuh Vine (31 March 2015). "Stop the g:KND". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via YouTube. 
  22. ^ a b http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.pe/2015/06/the-gknd-experiment-part-9.html, Tom Warburton. "The G:KND EXPERIMENT (part 9)". Warburton Labs, Jun. 19, 2015.
  23. ^ http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.pe/2016/09/gknd-animated.html, Tom Warburton. "G:KND-- ANIMATED!!!". Warburton Labs, Sep. 12, 2016.

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