, is an Americananimated television seriescreated byTom WarburtonforCartoon Network, and the 13th of the networks. The series centers on the adventures of five children who operate from a high-tech tree house, fighting against adult and teen villains with advanced 24 technology. Using their codenames (Numbuh 1, Numbuh 2, Numbuh 3, Numbuh 4, and Numbuh 5), they are Sector V, part of a global organization called the Kids Next Door.
The series came about as the result ofa viewers poll by Cartoon Network.2It ran from 2002 to 2008, with six seasons and 78 episodes. It also had two television films, Operation: Z.E.R.O.34aired in 2006, and the series finale Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S., aired in 2008.5
The show revolves around the main home operatives of Sector V Numbuh One (Nigel Uno), Numbuh Two (Hoagie P. Gilligan, Jr.), Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban), Numbuh Four (Wallabee Beatles), and Numbuh Five (Abigail Lincoln). 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.
Warburtoncreated a pilot episode, entitled Diseasy Does It, for another planned show,Kenny and the Chimp, which was produced byHanna-Barbera. 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.6In 2001, the shows pilot episode, No P in the OOL, won aCartoon Networkviewers poll, and as a result,Codename: Kids Next Doorwas greenlit to become a series, whileKenny and the Chimpwas not greenlit by the channel.7The character Professor XXXL, that appeared in Diseasy Does It, became a villain inCodename: Kids Next DoorafterKenny and the Chimpwasnt picked up for a series. Despite this, Kenny and the Chimp did become a segment in the series.
The episodes are titled as the Kids Next Doors missions, denoted asOperation:followed by anacronymwhich 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. Season Fives Operation: O.U.T.B.R.E.A.K. is a direct continuation of another episode (Operation: V.I.R.U.S.), Season Sixs 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 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. This was concluded in the series finale Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.
The show frequently contains references to films and other television series, especially in the later seasons, such asDragon Ball Z,The Pink Panther,Planet of the Apes,Jaws,Jurassic Park,King Kong,The Terminator,Resident Evil,Star Wars,Lord of the Rings,Doctor Who,The Matrix,X-Men,James Bond,Toy Story, theStargatefranchise,Pirates of the Caribbean, and theIndiana Jonesfilm series, withStar Warsbeing the most prominent.
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 aperiod 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. Sector headquarters are often tree houses of ludicrous proportions, which are 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 houseMoon 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 5s 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.8Decommissioning 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.).910
KND agents utilize a vast array of mechanical, electronic gadgets and machinery, collectively referred to as 2×4 (two-by-four) technology. The KND 2×4 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 tokabutoor 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 be operated effectively.
Numbuh 1 / Nigel Uno (voiced byBenjamin Diskin)
Numbuh 2 / Hogarth Hoagie Pennywhistle Gilligan, Jr. (voiced by Benjamin Diskin)
Numbuh 3 / Kuki Sanban (voiced byLauren Tom)
Numbuh 4 / Wallabee Wally Beatles (voiced byDee Bradley Baker)
Numbuh 5 / Abigail Abby Lincoln (voiced byCree Summer)
Numbuh 86 / Fanny Fulbright (voiced byJennifer Hale)
Numbuh 362 / Rachel McKenzie (voiced byRachael MacFarlane)
The Delightful Children from Down the Lane / Sector Z (voiced by Benjamin Diskin, Dee Bradley Baker, and Cree Summer)
Father / Benedict Uno (voiced byMaurice LaMarchein Father mode andJeff Bennettin Benedict mode)
Numbuh 11 / Cree Lincoln (voiced by Cree Summer)
Numbuh 274 / Chad Dickson (voiced byJason Harris)
Knightbrace / Jasper Jelly (voiced byTom Kenny)
Toiletnator / Lou Pottingsworth III (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
Crazy Old Cat Lady (voiced byGrey 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 andCandi 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 byFrank Welkerin adult mode andDave Wittenbergin 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 byTara Strong)
Numbuh 6 / Bradley the Skunk (animal sound effects by Dee Bradley Baker)
Numbuh 9 / Maurice (Voiced byKhary Payton)
Numbuh 83 / Sonya (Voiced byJanice Kawaye)
Numbuh 84 / Lee (Voiced By Janice Kawaye)
Count Spankulot (Voiced byDaran Norris)
Main article:List of Codename: Kids Next Door episodes
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.),1112and 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.
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 youngest viewers.13
In 2005, the series won the Best Television Series for Children Award at theOttawa International Animation Festivalfor Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E., which was written byTom WarburtonandMo Willemsand storyboarded by Guy Moore and Quack Leard.14
The following year, Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E. won the Festivals Collideascope Award for Television Animation for Children.
Two DVDs in two volumes were released of the series, totaling sixteen episodes byWarner Home Video.
2a (Operation: I.-S.C.R.E.A.M.), 4a (Operation: P.I.R.A.T.E.), 7 (Operation: L.I.C.E. / Operation: L.I.Z.Z.I.E.), 8a (Operation: T.H.E.-F.L.Y.), 13 (Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P.), 14a (Operation: C.A.T.S.), 15a (Operation: S.P.A.N.K.) and 16a (Operation: S.U.P.P.O.R.T.)
Extras: Six 2×4 TECH S.P.E.C.S., exclusive KND Game Boy Advance Cheats, and bonus episode ofFosters Home for Imaginary Friends:House of Bloos
Cartoon Network Halloween 2: Grossest Halloween Ever
2b (Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N.), 9b (Operation: C.A.M.P.), 10b (Operation: C.H.A.D.), 15b (Operation: D.A.T.E.), 19a (Operation: S.H.A.V.E.), 25b (Operation: T.R.I.P.), and 31b (Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G.)
Extras: Bonus episode ofThe Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Crushed! and hints and tips ofOperation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.
Cartoon Network Halloween 3: Sweet Sweet Fear
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 2
4 Kid Favorites: The Hall of Fame Collection Vol. 3
On an episode ofThe Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandyentitled Sickly Sweet, a scene depicts Grim watchingCodename: Kids Next Door. Also, inBilly & Mandys Big Boogey Adventure, Numbuh Three makes a cameo as Grims replacement. Also, in theMADepisode 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 theNew Boyzsong Tough Kids.16In the 2004 filmSideways,the show is playing on Miless mothers television set.
Stories featuring the Kids Next Door have been featured in the comic seriesCartoon Cartoons,Cartoon Network Block Party, andCartoon Network Action Pack. The characters are also featured in the books2x4 Technology HandbookandSooper Secrets and Boomerang Bloopers, both by Alison Wilgus.
Atrading card game based on the serieswas launched byWizards of the Coastin July 2005.
Two video games were released for the series:Operation: S.O.D.A.in 2004 for theGame Boy AdvanceandOperation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.in 2005 forPlayStation 2Xbox, andGameCube. 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.
InCartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, Numbuhs One through Five, and villains Father, Toiletnator, and Stickybeard appear as non-playable characters. KNDefense armor and 2×4 Tech weapons are available for players, Sector Vs treehouse can be explored, and KND S.C.A.M.P.E.R.s can be used for transport. InCartoon 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.
On January 31, 2008, during a Q&A session onLiveJournal, when Tom Warburton was asked if Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S. was in fact the true finale ofCodename: KND, Warburton said that it was not necessarily meant to be the finale, stating that a revival could be made in the future.17
Warburton had unsuccessfully pitched aGalactic: Kids Next Doorspin-off several times to Cartoon Network executives,18and at one point he considered to make aTV movieas a pilot for the potential spin-off series.17Following having any response, Warburton eventually decided to create a pitch that would be distributed over the internetpseudonymouslyin 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 ananimatic-style pitch.1920On March 19, 2015, a video was posted onYouTubeof what appears to be an animatic of a sequel series featuring Numbuh 1 and the Galactic KND, entitledGalactic: Kids Next Door.21On April 1, 2015, a fan-made petition was started to makeG:KNDa real series, which was also signed by Warburton himself and by voice actor Dee Bradley Baker.22Rat Animation also showed interest in the project.23Warburton later noted that the executives at Cartoon Network had noticed the response but were not interested in a continuation toKND, though he remained confident to get the sequel approved in the future.22
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2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival Awards. animationfestival.com
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Numbuh Vine (31 March 2015).Stop the g:KND
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Tom Warburton. G:KND– ANIMATED!!!.
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