"Kim Possible: So the Drama"
DVD Review
by Kevin Carr

    MOVIE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
    DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5 stars)

    Christy Carlson Romano as KIM POSSIBLE
    Will Freidel as RON STOPPABLE
    Nancy Cartwright as RUFUS
    Tahj Mowry as WADE

    Rated TV-G
    Studio: Disney

    Directed by: Steve Loter
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Okay, here’s the stitch...

Ha ha. I’ve always wanted to say that. Seriously, though, the big news in teen superhero Kim Possible’s life is that she’s finally got her own movie. It wasn’t a theatrical release - just a Disney Channel original movie. But it’s a movie nonetheless, bringing her out of her daily grind of a half-hour show.

This Kim Possible movie manages to send her and her faithful minions (including Ron Stoppable and his naked mole rat Rufus) to different places and different experiences. I can’t tell you exactly what they are. If I did tell you, I’d be forced to kill you. (Actually, to give away the new places and experiences would be giving away spoilers in the movie, which no one likes.)

“So the Drama” is the name of the film, and it is filled with the drama we’ve all experienced in our teenage life. There’s best friend drama, boyfriend/girlfriend drama, supervillains taking over the world drama. Okay, we haven’t all experienced that last one, but this is Kim Possible we’re talking about.

In this feature-length version of the hit Disney Channel show, the evil Dr. Drakken has come up with yet another plan to take over the world. However, to unleash his plan, he had to find the weakness of his nemesis Kim Possible. Meanwhile, Kim has started dating a new hottie at school, and Ron Stoppable is facing an evil all his own - the buyout of his favorite hangout, Buenos Nachos.

Part of the appeal to me of Kim Possible (aside from a strange attraction to K.P. herself) is that it’s a basic superteen show. I remember reading “Superboy” comics as well as keeping up with “The Teen Titans.” These characters not only had to struggle with the powers of evil, but also with problems like dating, grades and homework.

Although it’s Disney Channel’s M.O. to take any situation and shoehorn it into a teenage comedy-drama, the whole formula seems to click into place with Kim Possible. Maybe it’s because of Kim Possible’s aforementioned teenage sexual allure. Maybe it’s because us guys can relate to the dorkiness of Ron Stoppable.

Maybe it’s because Disney Channel can do whatever they want with the character without having a Hilary Duff-style meltdown. After all, Kim Possible is just a cartoon. Even if Christy Carlson Romano (who voices K.P.) parts with the Mouse House, they could always get someone else to mimic her original voice.

Whatever the reason, the Kim Possible show works, and if you like that, you should like this feature length film. It’s a longer-form story that allows for more story arcs than your average 22-minute show. There’s also some development and growth in the main characters. (Remember, I can’t tell you what it is without having to kill you.)

In addition to an extended version of the film not seen on the Disney Channel, this DVD includes music videos from Christy Carlson Romano and Jesse McCartney, an unfortunate staple of Disney DVDs. There are some deleted scenes as well as a bonus episode of the “Kim Possible” television show.

“Kim Possible” in all of her incarnations may not be fine art, but it works as an action show as well as a pre-teen drama. For the right audience, “Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama” can really click.

And that’s the stitch.

Specifications: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Widescreen (1.78:1), enhanced for 16x9 televisions. English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

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