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Collaborators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle had been working
for Disney Channel for years on
many of the movie-to-show based projects for the network. However, they desired
to contribute something original and the network, looking for shows that
featured ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances, let them pitch one.
While riding in an elevator after lunch, McCorkle said the phrase “Kim
Possible. She can do anything” which led Schooley to respond “Ron Stoppable, he
can’t.” That, essentially, led to the creation of Kim Possible.
Kim, Ron and Rufus.
Schooley and McCorkle developed the
concept of Kim around the notion of giving their own daughters a character they
could look up to and relate to as they had been provided in the things they
enjoyed. Kim Possible centered around
the titular Kim (Christy Carlson
Romano), your everyday average high school cheerleader who just happened to
fight crime on the side. Her partners were her klutzy best friend, Ron (Will Friedle), 10-year-old
computer genius and Kim’s tech support Wade Load (Tahj Mowry), and Ron’s pet
naked mole rat Rufus (Nancy Cartwright).
Sometimes Kim’s other best friend, Monique (Raven-Symone), was brought
along on missions to make use of her fashion skills, providing a bridge between
Kim’s two worlds Amongst Kim’s usual foes was her arch nemesis, Dr. Drakken (John DiMaggio), a mad scientist
seeking world domination with the aid of his far-more-intelligent minion, Shego
(Nicole Sullivan); father
and son billionaires Senor Senior, Sr. (Ricardo Montalban & Earl Boen) and Senor Senior, Jr.
(Nestor Carbonell), who
treated villainy as a hobby out of boredom; “world’s deadliest golfer” Duff
Killigan (Brian George); and
Bonnie Rockwaller (Kirsten
Storms), Kim’s cheerleading rival and polar opposite (hey, high school is
Shego trying to keep her patience with Dr. Drakken.
Possible began airing on the Disney Channel on June 7, 2002 with a theme
performed by Disney contributor Christina
Milian. It ran for 3 seasons and two TV movies: A Sitch in Time and So the Drama. The
show ended with Kim and Ron entering a relationship, which was planned from the
outset. Schooley and McCorkle had already moved on to other projects when fans,
interested in where that relationship would go, prompted Disney to renew the
show for another season. It became one of the few Disney shows to bypass the
65-episode cap, running 87 episodes and being the longest-running on Disney
Channel until it was passed by Phineas and Ferbin
2012. What they thought could have been a restricting mistake, exploring the
relationship without making it a soap opera reinvigorated Schooley and McCorkle
on the series. The show was nominated for eight Emmy
Awards and won one, and also won a Parent’s Choice and Annie Award. In 2018, Disney announced
on their Instagram plans to produce a live-action Kim Possible Disney Channel Original Movie.