Codename: Kids Next Door
Codename: Kids Next Door, commonly abbreviated to Kids Next Door or KND, is an American animated television series created by Mr. Warburton for Cartoon Network, and the 13th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.
The series centers on the adventures of five children, Nigel Uno/Numbuh 1, Hoagie Gilligan/Numbuh 2, Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3, Wally Beatles/Numbuh 4, and Abby Lincoln/Numbuh 5, who are members of a global organization of secret agent kids known as "Kids Next Door" who fight against the oppressive rule of unfun adults and evil teenagers.
Why It Rocks
- Creative and interesting concept of kids having their own treehouse and going on missions against evil teenagers and adults. The show has plenty of fun with said concept having many varied scenarios for the kids to fight against.
- Smooth animation, even by early 2000's standards.
- Catchy theme song.
- The five main protagonists, whose team name is Sector V, are memorable and have very distinctive personalities, which gives them a lot of charm:
- Numbuh 1 is the bald, astute, no-nonsense British-American boy Nigel Uno, leader of Sector V.
- Numbuh 2 is the overweight, intellectual, aviation enthusiastic, pun-cracking German-American boy Hoagie Gilligan Jr.
- Numbuh 3 is the happy-go-lucky Japanese-American girl Kuki Sanban.
- Numbuh 4 is the short-tempered and fighting-prone Australian-American boy Wallabee Beatles.
- Numbuh 5 is the intelligent, laid-back, tomboyish African-American girl Abigail Lincoln.
- Memorable supporting characters like Numbuh 362/Rachel McKenzie, Tommy Gilligan, Numbuh 6/Bradley the Skunk, Numbuh 9/Maurice, Numbuh 83/Sonya, Numbuh 84/Lee, and Numbuh 0/Monty Uno.
- Memorable villains like The Delightful Children from Down the Lane, Father, Mr. Boss, Cree Lincoln, Numbuh 274/Chad Dickson, Kightbrace, Stickybread, The Toiletnator, Crazy Old Cat Lady, Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb, Count Spankulot, and Henrietta “Heinrich” Von Marzipan.
- Many of these villains in question represent the exaggerated fears of a typical 10 year old kid such as dentists, bossy parents, school teachers, among others.
- Creative weapons and machines.
- Tons of action scenes to see.
- Clever and enthusiastic writing.
- Awesome soundtrack.
- Even though there have been a plethora of plot-driven cartoons in the 2010s since Adventure Time, this show, along with Avatar: The Last Airbender, could be considered the one that started the trend amongst mainstream cartoons.
- Hilarious moments.
- Memorable episodes such as “Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P.”, “Operation: E.N.D.”, “Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E.” and the “Operation C.A.K.E.D.” saga.
- Great TV movie, Operation Z.E.R.O..
- Heartwarming series finale, Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S..
- Even though the show constantly glorifies childhood and treats growing up as a bad thing, some episodes do paint adulthood in a more positive light.
- Unlikeable characters like Numbuh 86/Fanny Fulbright, Lizzie Devine, and Mushi Sanban.
- Nigel/Numbuh 1's workoholia occasionally makes him unlikable as well.
- Kuki/Numbuh 3's overly childish attitude can also be annoying.
- Wallabee/Numbuh 4's rude attitude and stupidity set a bad example and encourage toxic masculinity.
- While it is meant to represent kids' obsessive complaining in general, the characters' complaining can get out of hand at times.
- Excessive amounts of toilet humor.
- The crossover special with The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy titled TTSW was not well received due to its lazy premise and poor portrayal of many of the characters.
- There's a disgusting episode about pinkeye called “Operation P.I.N.K.E.Y.E.”.
Possible revival and possible spin-off
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.
Warburton had unsuccessfully pitched a Galactic: Kids Next Door spin-off several times to Cartoon Network executives, and at one point he considered to make a TV movie as a pilot for the potential spin-off series. 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. On March 19, 2015, a video was posted on YouTube of what appears to be an animatic of a darker sequel series featuring Numbuh 1 and the Galactic KND, entitled Galactic: Kids Next Door. 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. Rat Animation also showed interest in the project. 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.
- The main five protagonists of the series all have their eyes covered by either a piece of clothing or their hair.
- All of them also are of different nationalities, with Numbuh 1 being British, Numbuh 2 being American, Numbuh 3 being Japanese, Numbuh 4 being Australian, and Numbuh 5 being African-American.
- Initially, Mr. Warburton created a pilot for a show titled "Kenny and the Chimp" for Cartoon Network, which was rejected. Warburton planned the show's antagonists to be five annoying neighbors who would cause mischief that often Kenny would get blamed for and Kenny would refer to them as "those kids next door". After the pilot was rejected, Warburton took those five neighbors and reworked them into the protagonists of a new different pilot which became Codename: Kids Next Door. The character Professor XXXL, which appeared in the Kenny and the Chimp pilot, was also reworked into a minor villain making a few appearances in KND.