Codename: Kids Next Door
Codename: Kids Next Door (commonly abbreviated as 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 a group of five 10-year-olds who operate from a high-tech tree house, fighting against adult and teen villains with advanced 2×4 technology. Using their codenames (Numbuhs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), they are Sector V, part of a global organization called the Kids Next Door. Numbuh One is the bald, astute, no-nonsense, super skilled British-American boy Nigel Uno, leader of Sector V. Numbuh Two is the chubby, comedic, intellectual, aviation enthusiastic, nerdy German-American boy Hoagie Gilligan Jr. Numbuh Three is the quirky, happy-go-lucky Japanese-American girl Kuki Sanban. Numbuh Four is the short-tempered, often irrational, fighting-prone Australian-American boy Wallabee Beatles. Numbuh Five is the intelligent, laid-back, highly skilled African-American girl Abigail Lincoln.
|Codename: Kids Next Door|
|Created by||Mr. Warburton|
|Directed by||Mr. Warburton|
Robert Alvarez (timing)
Thomas Chase Jones
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|First shown in||July 20, 2001|
|Original release||December 6, 2002 –|
January 21, 2008
The series came about as the result of a viewer's poll by Cartoon Network. It ran from 2002 to 2008, with six seasons and 78 episodes. Two TV movies were broadcast, Operation: Z.E.R.O. aired in 2006, and Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S., which aired as the series finale in 2008.
Codename: Kids Next Door received mostly positive reviews and was one of Cartoon Network's most popular and successful shows of 2000s. Two video games, Operation S.O.D.A. and Operation V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. were released based on the series. A handful of other Cartoon Network-branded games featuring the characters were also released. The series has also seen releases on DVD, both as part of the Codename: Kids Next Door series and as additions to other Cartoon Network compilation DVDs.
The show revolves around a group of five kids — Numbuh One (Nigel Uno), Numbuh Two (Hoagie P. Gilligan, Jr.), Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban), Numbuh Four (Wallabee Beatles), and Numbuh Five (Abigail Lincoln), who are the main home operatives of what is known as Sector V, that is part of a worldwide espionage-style organization called the Kids Next Door. Their mission is to fight crimes against kids (such as homework and flossing), many of which are willingly committed by "evil" adults, senior citizens, teenagers, and other children.
Warburton created a pilot episode, titled "Diseasy Does It", for another planned show, Kenny and the Chimp, which was to be produced by Hanna-Barbera. Among the planned recurring characters for Kenny and the Chimp was a group of rebellious children known as "Those Kids Next Door", who carried out their mischief from a house next to Kenny's home, and frequently caused trouble for him. The plot-line was then changed to focus on the group of kids alone, and later, the kids battling adulthood. In 2001, the show's pilot episode, "No P in the OOL", which was produced at Cartoon Network Studios, 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. The character Professor XXXL, that appeared in "Diseasy Does It", became a recurring character in Codename: Kids Next Door after Kenny and the Chimp was not picked up for a series. Despite this, Kenny and Chimpy did make a cameo in "No P In The OOL".
The show was originally supposed to be titled the Kids Next Door, but "Codename" was added, when the crew discovered that a rival network was developing a then cancelled TV show titled Pigs Next Door. Codename: Kids Next Door was the most popular TV series produced at Curious Pictures, who previously did the work on Sheep in the Big City at Cartoon Network.
The episodes are titularly presented as the team's missions in the Kids Next Door, denoted as "Operation:" followed by an acronym that can give the viewers clues as to what each mission is about. Some episodes consist of two directly linked parts, and usually the episodes have very little continuity with each other, although occasionally an episode will have a reference to earlier episodes and/or lead to consequences in later ones. 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."), and 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 sort of thing 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, which was concluded in the series finale Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.
The show frequently contains references to many films and other television series, especially in the later seasons, such as Dragon Ball Z, The Pink Panther, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Super Mario, Planet of the Apes, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Godzilla, Sailor Moon, The Terminator, Spider-Man, James Bond, Toy Story, Star Trek, Transformers, Stargate, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Rambo, Independence Day, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Sonic the Hedgehog, Alien, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King Kong, Metal Gear Solid, The Silence of the Lambs, The Matrix, X-Men, Pokémon, Predator, RoboCop, The Incredibles, Men in Black, The Iron Giant, Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Sopranos, Mission Impossible, Astro Boy, Watership Down, World of Warcraft, and Pirates of the Caribbean; with James Bond, Star Trek, and Star Wars being the most prominently referenced in the series.
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. The sector headquarters', like some of the organization's bases and facilities, are tree houses, with both tree house and the tree it's in being of ludicrous proportions, and 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. 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.).
KND agents utilize a vast array of mechanical, electronic gadgets, weapons and machinery, collectively referred to as 2x4 (two-by-four) technology. The KND's 2x4 technology was originally conceived as being constructed from an assortment of objects, mostly including those that are found in common households; a theme their technology continued to adhere to. However, as the series progressed, the kind of objects their technology was constructed from became bigger, consisting of things such as large vehicles and small buildings. Not only that, but the complexity of their technology, such as their defensive weaponry and transportation, advanced to such absurd levels as to be considered science fiction, despite all of it still being constructed from nothing but said assortment of objects. Some KND operatives also wear helmets, with some similar to kabuto or samurai helmets, an example being Supreme Leader Numbuh 362's helmet.
A common theme of the show is the introduction of a new never-before-seen device, complete with its own acronym name, 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.
- Numbuh 1 / Nigel Uno (voiced by Benjamin Diskin)
- Numbuh 2 / Hogarth Pennywhistle "Hoagie" 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)
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilots||November 6, 1998||July 20, 2001|
|1||13||December 6, 2002||March 7, 2003|
|2||13||October 3, 2003||June 4, 2004|
|3||13||June 11, 2004||November 12, 2004|
|4||13||November 19, 2004||July 22, 2005|
|5||13||September 30, 2005||August 25, 2006|
|6||13||September 9, 2006||November 23, 2007|
|Television film||August 11, 2006|
|Crossover||November 11, 2007|
|Series finale||January 21, 2008|
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.), 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.
Codename: Kids Next Door received mostly positive reviews and became one of Cartoon Network's top-rated and most popular series; it holds an 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 [the] youngest viewers."
Awards and nominationsEdit
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 Mr. Warburton and Mo Willems and storyboarded by Guy Moore and Quack Leard.
The following year, "Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E." won the Festival's Collideascope Award for Television Animation for Children.
Two DVDs in two volumes were released of the series, totaling sixteen episodes by Warner Home Video. The entire series is available on digital purchase in six volumes. On May 30, 2019, the entire series, with the exception of the "Operation: Z.E.R.O." TV movie, was added to the Boomerang streaming service and its VRV channel.
|Title||Season(s)||Episode count||Release dates||Episodes|
|Sooper Hugest Missions: File One||1, 2||9||October 26, 2004 (Region 1)
May 15, 2006 (Region 2)
February 13, 2008 (Region 4)
|Contains "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: G.R.O.W.-U.P.", "Operation: C.A.T.S.", "Operation: S.P.A.N.K." and "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 (Region 1 only)||Features "Operation: T.R.I.C.K.Y.".|
|Sooper Hugest Missions: File Two||1-3||7||August 23, 2005 (Region 1 only)||Contained "Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N.", "Operation: C.A.M.P.", "Operation: C.H.A.D.", "Operation: D.A.T.E.", "Operation: S.H.A.V.E.", "Operation: T.R.I.P." and "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 (Region 1 only)||Features "Operation: P.I.A.N.O.".|
|Cartoon Network Halloween 3: Sweet Sweet Fear||3||1||September 12, 2006 (Region 1 only)||Features "Operation: J.E.W.E.L.S.".|
|Cartoon Network Christmas 3||5||1||October 3, 2006 (Region 1 only)||Features "Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.".|
|4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 2||1, 2||9||June 23, 2015 (Region 1 only)||This four-disc release features Sooper Hugest Missions: File One.|
|4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 3||June 23, 2015 (Region 1 only)||This four-disc release features Sooper Hugest Missions: File One, instead of Sooper Hugest Missions: File Two.|
In other series or worksEdit
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." In the 2004 film Sideways, the show is playing on Miles' mother's television set. Numbuh 5 made a cameo in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus".
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.
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-offEdit
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.
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