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This DVD contains the extended version of a Kim Possible movie that aired on the Disney Channel. The basic plot follows Kim Possible (Christy Carlson Romano) as she tries to foil the latest plot cooked up by her nemesis, Dr. Drakken (John DiMaggio). His plan is so ingenious, she can't figure it out, but it doesn't help that she's also distracted by the drama of finding a date to the prom. The appearance of new-boy Eric provides Kim with a date, but her sidekick Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle) doesn't like this intrusion into his friendship with Kim. Ron is also troubled by the changes to his beloved restaurant/hangout Bueno Nacho, including the end of Naco night and the introduction of kids meals complete with Lil' Diablo toys.
Of course, Kim saves the day in the end, and her relationship with Ron is patched up. The movie wraps up the series, bringing it almost full circle to the first KP episode. The series has been cancelled per Disney guidelines of 65 episodes and out. There is even a dig at this standard Disney practice - at one point in the movie Ron is looking in the mirror and there is a sticker on it that reads "No on 65."
The movie is longer than a usual 30-minute episode, and didn't seem to have as many laugh-out-loud moments as a normal, televised episode. Instead, it was focused more on the teen drama aspect of Kim's relationship difficulties. The best parts of Kim Possible are the snappy dialogue, one-liners and sight gags, and So The Drama seems to come up short in these areas.
There are a few gags: The opening sequences is a nod to a scene from the movie Batman,Dr. Drakken's lair (conveniently indicated by a wooden sign that says "Secret Lair") is shaped like the Matterhorn, Ron loses his pants (a running gag throughout the series). However, even with these, the show still seems like it's been stretched out and is really more suited to the usual shorter format.
The unaired episode "Gorilla Fist" brings the return of KP villain Monkey Fist, along with more ninja humor due to the reappearance of Ron's friends from the secret ninja school of the episode "Crush." Disneyland fans will appreciate Ron's excitement at the mention of churros.
The included music videos are nothing to shout about. Jesse McCartney seems to be the latest Aaron Carter clone now that Aaron is getting too old for the Radio Disney stable.
The deleted scenes are two very brief sequences that don't add anything to the story and aren't especially revealing.
The Audio, Video, and Interface
The interface is basic, with the DVD menu incorporating some animated Lil' Diablos to create something more than a static list. It's easy to navigate through the movie and all of the bonus features.
The audio is very good. All of the dialogue is clear and understandable and the music and special effects come through well in the Dolby surround sound presentation.
The colors and quality of the video and very good for the level of detail that is put into a show of this type.
The Final Evaluation
Overall, this DVD is worth a rent for those already familiar with the Kim Possible series, but the list price of $19.99 is too high, even for hardcore fans who may want to pick it up to catch the unaired episode. People unfamiliar with the characters would be best served to pick up one of the other KP titles that are available on DVD, or to try and catch an episode or two on the Disney Channel.
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Kevin Doc Krock is been a long-time animation buff and home theater fan. He's been following the rise of the DVD format in the home market since its introduction, and he hopes to help you make the most of your family's home theater viewing time and video collections.
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