Codename: Kids Next Door

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Codename: Kids Next Door
KNDLogo.png
GenreAction
Comedy-drama
Espionage
FormatAnimated series
Created byTom Warburton
Written byTom Warburton
Mo Willems
Andy Rheingold
Alison Wilgus
Directed byTom Warburton
Voices ofBenjamin Diskin
Lauren Tom
Dee Bradley Baker
Cree Summer
Tom Kenny
Grey DeLisle
Tara Strong
Jeff Bennett
Maurice LaMarche
Jennifer Hale
Frank Welker
Rachael MacFarlane
Daran Norris
Composer(s)Stephen Rucker
Thomas Chase
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes78 (141 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Tom Warburton
Richard Winkler
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Curious Pictures
Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Original runDecember 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) – January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Codename: Kids Next Door
KNDLogo.png
GenreAction
Comedy-drama
Espionage
FormatAnimated series
Created byTom Warburton
Written byTom Warburton
Mo Willems
Andy Rheingold
Alison Wilgus
Directed byTom Warburton
Voices ofBenjamin Diskin
Lauren Tom
Dee Bradley Baker
Cree Summer
Tom Kenny
Grey DeLisle
Tara Strong
Jeff Bennett
Maurice LaMarche
Jennifer Hale
Frank Welker
Rachael MacFarlane
Daran Norris
Composer(s)Stephen Rucker
Thomas Chase
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes78 (141 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Tom Warburton
Richard Winkler
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Curious Pictures
Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Original runDecember 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) – January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
External links
Website
Production website

Codename: Kids Next Door, also known as Kids Next Door or by its initials KND, is an American animated television series created by Tom Warburton and produced by Curious Pictures in Santa Monica, California.[1] The series debuted on Cartoon Network on December 6, 2002, and aired its final episode on January 25, 2008. The series came about as the result of a viewer's poll by Cartoon Network.[2]

The series centers on the adventures of five 10-year-old children who operate from a high-tech tree house. 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. The show was also part of Cartoon Network's series, Cartoon Cartoons, and is the 13th cartoon of the series. Starting on March 30, 2012, however, the series was returned with reruns on Cartoon Planet.[3]

Overview[edit]

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

Production history[edit]

Warburton created a pilot episode for another show, Kenny and the Chimp. 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.[4] 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.[5]

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. Stories in the earlier episodes were often about typical childhood problems, but magnified and exaggerated; as the series progressed, a more complex storyline developed.

The show frequently contains references to theatrical films, especially in the later seasons, such as Planet of the Apes, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Stargate franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Indiana Jones film series.

KND Organization[edit]

The Kids Next Door Organization is a worldwide group comprising thousands of kids joined in mutual struggle against adult tyranny. They fight villains that embody specific menaces to children overall (such as dental hygiene or school lunch). For every member of Kids Next Door, upon following a period of training, they then choose a number or alphanumerical code (deliberately spelled "numbuh") and sent to a "sector", that is, a tree house of ludicrous proportions. 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 minds of memories of any past KND activity, as they are then teenagers, and a threat to KND. Such a practice has inevitably led to the creation of many KND villains (notably Cree, Numbuh 5's older sister, and Chad, formerly 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.[6] Decommissioning has also proved reversible due to a "re-commissioning" module used twice in the series.

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. It is interesting to note that many of these devices require military-level driving or piloting skills, in order for them to operate effectively. However, not all of the technology is made of other items.

Main characters[edit]

Kids Next Door[edit]

Villains[edit]

Other characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Codename: Kids Next Door series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
Pilots2November 6, 1998 (November 6, 1998)July 20, 2001 (July 20, 2001)TBA
113December 6, 2002March 7, 2003TBA
213October 3, 2003June 4, 2004TBA
313June 11, 2004November 12, 2004TBA
413November 19, 2004July 22, 2005TBA
513September 20, 2005August 24, 2006TBA
613August 25, 2006December 7, 2007TBA
Movies2August 11, 2006January 25, 2008TBA
Specials1November 11, 2007TBA

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.),[8][9] and the second at the end of season 6 (Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.).

Other media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Two DVDs in two volumes were released of Codename: Kids Next Door, totaling 16 episodes.

TitleEpisodesRelease dateDescription
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Sooper Hugest Missions: File One9October 26, 2004[10]May 15, 2006[11]February 13, 2008[12]Includes the episodes "Operation: I.-S.C.R.E.A.M.", "Operation: P.I.R.A.T.E.", "Operation: L.I.C.E.", "Operation: L.I.Z.Z.I.E.", "Operation: T.H.E.-F.L.Y.", "Operation: C.A.T.S.", "Operation: S.P.A.N.K.", "Operation: S.U.P.P.O.R.T.", and "Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P." as well as a bonus Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends cartoon, 2x4 technology profiles, and game tips for Operation: S.O.D.A.
Sooper Hugest Missions: File Two7August 23, 2005[13]N/AN/AIncludes the episodes "Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N.", "Operation: C.A.M.P.", "Operation: C.H.A.D.", "Operation: S.H.A.V.E.", "Operation: T.R.I.P.", "Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G.", and "Operation: D.A.T.E." as well as a bonus The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode and game tips for Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E..

Episodes were also featured in other DVD releases by Cartoon Network

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 the MAD episode "Taking Nemo / Once Upon a Toon", Numbuh One cameos as one of the cartoon characters who has forgotten his identity.

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.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door Challenges Tyrannical Rule of Adults Starting TOMORROW — December 6". Business Wire. December 5, 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ "'Total Immersion Cartoon' Events Take Control at Cartoon Network". Time Warner. February 21, 2001. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  3. ^ Walton, Zach (March 29, 2012). "Cartoon Network Brings Back The Classics With Cartoon Planet". WebProNews. iEntry Network. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Audio Interview: Tom Warburton". Frederatorblogs.com. November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  5. ^ Ball, Ryan (December 5, 2002). "Codename: Kids Next Door Goes Into Action". Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.". Codename: Kids Next Door. Season 4. Episode 11. 2005-07-08.
  7. ^ "Operation: G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D.". Codename: Kids Next Door. Season 6. Episode 10. 2007-11-09.
  8. ^ "Kids Next Door Movie Debuts Friday". Animation Magazine. August 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  9. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (August 8, 2006). "Begin Operation Z.E.R.O.". Animation Insider. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Codename Kids Next Door - Sooper Hugest Missions File One (2002)". Amazon.com. ASIN B0002MFGAK. 
  11. ^ "Codename - Kids Next Door: Sooper Hugest Missions - File 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. ASIN B000FFL1N0. 
  12. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door: Sooper Hugest Missions File 1". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Codename: Kids Next Door - File 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 

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