Kim Possible might’ve only aired for four seasons, but it’s still fondly remembered for being a smart and funny animated series about a young female spy and her band of loveable goons. Truth be told, it was way ahead of its time as it explored the issues of feminism, girl power, and relationships in an engaging and entertaining way.
Not only did the fans love the show, but so did everyone else as well. It was nominated for eight Emmy Awards (winning one) and won the Parents’ Choice Award and Annie Award. Even to this day, most critics refer to it as one of Disney’s best and most-respected series.
While we wait to see if a live-action film will ever be made, or the series to make yet another comeback, we’ve dug a little deeper and uncovered the behind-the-scenes secrets of the show.
As with any production, there are some saucy and juicy details that fans will want to know and debate, so grab the popcorn, sit tight, and read on to find out more.
With all the formalities out of the way, let’s get right to it. Here are the 15 Secrets You Never Knew Behind The Making Of Kim Possible.
15. Nancy Cartwright Belongs To The Church Of Scientology
Nancy Cartwright provided the voice of Rufus on the show, but you’ll undoubtedly know her better for voicing the likes of Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, and Todd Flanders on The Simpsons. She’s an Emmy-winning performer, longtime voice actress, and also a member of the Church of Scientology.
Originally raised as a Roman Catholic, Cartwright joined the Church of Scientology in 1991. Her contributions to the cause have also raised an eyebrow or two as she was awarded Scientology’s Patron Laureate Award for donating $10 million in 2007 – the amount was almost twice her annual salary.
Cartwright met her former partner Stephen Brackett through the Church as well, and the couple had plans to get married. Sadly, though, Brackett passed away in 2009 after he reportedly jumped off the Bixby Creek Bridge in California.
14. The Show’s Finale Was Left Open-Ended Because No One Knew What Was Happening
When Kim Possible was renewed for its fourth season, creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle didn’t even know about it and heard the news through the grapevine. They were just as shocked as everyone else about the renewal and even struggled to conceptualize the next storyline.
So, after they’d finished planning the fourth season, they decided to leave the finale open-ended since they didn’t know if Disney was prepared to renew the show for a fifth season or not. As we soon discovered, the studio didn’t, but it was a smart move to leave just a thread in case they needed it, nonetheless.
13. John Cena Auditioned For Ron Stoppable
Before he was the Master of Thuganomics and dropping Attitude Adjustments on unsuspecting opponents, John Cena was at a crossroads and wasn’t quite sure what to do with his career. So, what did he do? He auditioned to be the voice of Ron Stoppable, of course.
The role ultimately went to Will Friedle, while Cena decided it was a sign for him to continue down the path of professional wrestling. Still, you can’t help but wonder what the character would’ve sounded like with Cena’s raspy voice.
All things considered, his decision seemed to work out for him in the end, as he’s seen as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, a future WWE Hall of Famer, and is now embarking on a major Hollywood career. An incredible achievement for a person whom no one can see.
12. An Episode Was Banned In The MENA Region
Look around the internet and you’ll spot thousands of animated TV shows that have been banned for reasons you could never even imagine. Kim Possible proved to be no different, and received a ban due to the religion of one of its characters.
The episode “Ron the Man” was originally banned in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region due to its content, which revealed that Ron is Jewish. Interestingly, this also prevented the episode from being dubbed into Arabic.
The ban also had an unintentional chain reaction that resulted in the episode not being shown in Poland until at least 2010. The reason is, the country utilized the Disney Channel MEA/Greece/Turkey feed until it got its own years later, so the episode was technically “banned” in Poland as well.
11. Christina Milian’s Boyfriend Cheated On Her Repeatedly
Christina Milian was already a successful musician when she recorded the Kim Possible theme song “Call Me, Beep Me!” However, the popularity of the tune brought her to the attention of an even wider audience than before, with Milian herself stating, “I never realized that show would give me so much exposure.”
The year after Kim Possible was released, Milian met actor Nick Cannon on the set of Love Don’t Cost a Thing and they began dating. It appeared as if everything was picture-perfect in Milian’s life, but it really wasn’t. In 2005, Milian kicked Cannon to the curb, citing his serial cheating as the reason for their split.
10. The Writers Weren’t Allowed To Show Drakken Drinking Coffee
Never underestimate the suits’ powers to meddle in absolutely everything – just ask anyone who worked on Justice League as a more recent example. Kim Possible suffered from its own executive meddling, but in this instance, we might give the execs a pass since it was Standards and Practices at play.
In the episode “Bad Boy”, Drakken was supposed to make coffee, but the executives wouldn’t allow it since coffee drinkers must obviously be heathens and delinquents. As an alternative, they suggested something far safer in the form of chocolate milk, so the writers turned it into “Coco Moo”, which resulted in one of the series’ best gags.
9. Breckin Meyer Voiced Josh Mankey In The First Episode
With his bleached hair and post-grunge attire, Josh Mankey was the too-cool-for-school guy and Kim’s major crush in the earlier part of the series. Much like Ryan Gosling, you absolutely hated the guy because he was just so damn nice and perfect.
If you have a keen ear, you would’ve noticed that Josh had a different voice in the very first aired episode of Kim Possible. In a one-and-done appearance, his voice was provided by Breckin Meyer. Thereafter, he was voiced by A.J. Trauth.
While it’s unknown why Meyer only provided his voice for one episode, we’re guessing it was because of his burgeoning Hollywood career at the time. In the early 2000s, Meyer experienced a surge in popularity and was spotted in a lot of big productions, including the live-action Garfield movie.
8. Christy Carlson Romano Had To Forfeit Her Prom To Work On The Show
When Christy Carlson Romano took on the role of Kim Possible, she hadn’t even graduated from high school yet and had three acting gigs going at the same time. At her age, most teenagers would’ve been more concerned with love, friends, and prom than their working careers.
Unfortunately, the harsh reality of success often means sacrifice – and Romano did indeed sacrifice a lot for her craft, including missing her prom due to being busy with recordings for the show.
While it’s not quite the same thing, Romano did get her prom moment when she sang the song “Could It Be”, which played during the final prom scene of Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama and featured Kim and Ron finally sharing a dance and kiss.
7. Ricardo Montalbán Had To Be Replaced As Señor Senior Sr. Due To Poor Health
The late Ricardo Montalbán was a phenomenal Mexican actor whose career spanned over seven decades, seeing him star in films such as the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Spy Kids. So, it was a major coup for Disney to get him to voice Señor Senior Sr. in Kim Possible.
Sadly, Montalbán was only able to voice the character in five episodes due to his poor health. As a result, Earl Boen stepped in when Montalbán was unavailable and then stepped aside when his colleague felt better to return.
While it would’ve been great to hear more of Montalbán as Señor, you have to respect the teamwork between him and Boen in making it work. They really did believe in the saying that the show must go on.
6. The Role Of Kim Was First Offered To Anneliese Van Der Pol
Despite Christy Carlson Romano’s biggest claim to fame being the voice of Kim Possible, she wasn’t the number one pick for the character. In fact, the showrunners’ first choice was Anneliese van der Pol, who was offered the role but turned it down so she could play Chelsea Daniels in That’s So Raven instead.
There seemed to be no hard feelings as van der Pol did eventually end up providing her voice to the character Heather in the episode “And the Mole-Rat Will Be CGI” – and as luck would have it, it was her first voice acting gig.
5. The Execs Demanded An Animal Sidekick
According to studio execs, every children’s animated show needs to have an animal sidekick of sorts. Why? Because they know children better than everyone else and what’s good for them, of course (note the dripping sarcasm here).
Well, when creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle were told they needed an animal sidekick for Kim Possible, they trolled the execs in the best possible way: they created Rufus, Ron Stoppable’s naked mole rat. So, every time someone had to refer to Rufus in the series, they’d have to mention the word ‘naked’.
Ultimately, Rufus proved to be a popular character, so it wasn’t such a bad suggestion all things considered. Still, it was pretty funny how Schooley and McCorkle managed to pull one over the execs with the creation.
4. A Scene Was Cut To Make Time For Smash Mouth
Remember when Smash Mouth was cool and everyone thought they’d be the next Pearl Jam? Yeah, we can’t either, but thanks to the song “All Star” that featured in DreamWorks’ Shrek, this Californian rock band reached peak mainstream attention in the early 2000s.
With this success came numerous appearances and cameos in other mediums, and one of these slots was on the Kim Possible episode “Queen Bebe” where they were animated and performed the song “Come On Come On”. While this is all good and dandy, a scene had to be cut and reworked from the episode to make space for Smash Mouth.
3. Neil Patrick Harris Auditioned For The Role Of Ron Stoppable
John Cena wasn’t the only one who wanted the role of Ron Stoppable. Another familiar face – and voice – auditioned for the part as well: Neil Patrick Harris.
Before his How I Met Your Mother fame, Harris tried his luck and auditioned for the part, which he obviously didn’t get. In those days, Harris was struggling to find his next big role after Doogie Howser, M.D. had come to an end and he tried to shake off the child star tag.
Much like Cena, though, it didn’t turn out too bad for Harris as he would’ve undoubtedly had to reject his role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother had he gotten the Kim Possible gig. His career has since skyrocketed and he’s doing just fine now.
2. Kim Possible Broke Disney’s 65-Episode Rule
Here’s an interesting tidbit: during the late 90s and early 2000s, Disney implemented a controversial rule that no show could go beyond 65 episodes for some bizarre reason. It was a decision that angered many fans due to the fact that many popular shows were canceled while they were still on top.
Proving once again that it defied the norm and due to fan demands for more episodes, Kim Possible was renewed for a fourth season after it had reached 65 episodes; therefore, breaking this controversial (and stupid) rule.
Not only did this delight the fans, but it also excited supporters of other series since Disney stopped this rule with the fourth season renewal of Kim Possible. While it never received a fifth season, it certainly paved the way for more shows to continue past the 65-episode mark, leaving its mark in a big way.
1. Shaun Fleming Was Replaced Because He Hit Puberty
Have you ever wondered why twins Jim and Tim Possible sounded different in the fourth season of the show? Well, that’s because Shaun Fleming, who portrayed the twins for the first three seasons, didn’t return because he hit the terrible thing known as puberty.
As the story goes, Fleming’s voice broke around this time and it resulted in a change of pitch that would impact the twins’ voices on the show. He was thus replaced by Spencer Fox, who was six years his junior, for the fourth season.
While it sucked for Fleming, it isn’t unusual of unheard of in the television industry. This is one of the reasons that you normally don’t get teenagers voicing children or teenagers on animated shows. When puberty hits, it can alter their voices drastically.
Do you know any other secrets about Kim Possible that we might’ve missed? Let us know in the comments section!
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