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On the Tube: Animated 'Kim Possible' new brand of action hero

Friday, June 07, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Cross "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with Sydney Bristow of "Alias," add some bright colors and you'll get "Kim Possible," Disney Channel's infectious new animated series about a girl of action.

 
    TV REVIEW

'KIM POSSIBLE'

WHEN: 6:30, 7 and 7:30 tonight on Disney Channel.

 
 

Blessed with a modern sense of humor and hip -- but not too hip -- vocabulary, "Kim Possible" should appeal to the tweens (ages 9-13) it clearly targets.

"What's the sitch?" Kim (voice of Christy Carlson Romano, "Even Stevens") asks Wade (Tahj Mowry), her Web-surfing cell phone pal.

Her partner in stopping crime is slightly dorky Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle), who carries a pink, naked mole-rat with him everywhere. Little runt Rufus (Nancy Cartwright) could be the show's breakout star.

Kim Possible doesn't have a secret identity -- her parents know what she does, and frankly, her attempts to get a date for the high school dance have them more concerned.

"He's golden," Kim says of the boy she's "crushing on."

"That's good, right?" her mom (Jean Smart) asks.

"Well, I prefer it over 'hottie,' " says dad (Gary Cole).

In tonight's first adventure, Kim goes up against the evil Drakken (John DiMaggio), who isn't the brightest bad guy. He begins to reveal his evil plan until his smarter associate stops him, reminding Drakken things always go bad after the villain announces to the hero what he plans to do.

Though a heroine who dresses like Britney Spears -- her cartoon belly is sometimes exposed -- Kim's got the same insecurities as all adolescents, making her a character kids will identify with even if they don't save the world on a weekly basis.

The look of "Kim Possible" is bright and peppy with the animation comparable with that of other made-for-TV series. But the look of the show, the speed with which stories unfold and especially the dialogue makes "Kim Possible" an early summer TV treat.


You can reach Rob Owen at rowen@post-gazette.com. Post questions or comments to www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Forum.

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