Codename: Kids Next Door

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Codename: Kids Next Door, also known as Kids Next Door or by its acronym KND, is an animated series that debuted on the Cartoon Network on December 6,2002. Broadcast as two episodes per half-hour (except for a few half-hour eps, the first being "Op G.R.O.W.-U.P."), the central characters of the series are five ten-year olds who operate out of their treehouse against what they see as the tyranny of adults (e.g. early bedtimes, homework, and anyplace where kids aren't allowed). It is unknown on where creator Mr. (Tom) Warburton got the idea for it from, however.

To accomplish their various missions, the Kids Next Door have access to a variety of gadgets and devices stored in their treehouse (often Rube Goldberg devices that are products of "two-by-four technology") as well as a worldwide organization known as the Kids Next Door.

Contents

Characters

The principal characters are most often referred to by their code names, and each have their own specialties.

  • Numbuh One, Nigel Uno (Ben Diskin), is the leader (and often the brains) of the group. He has a bald head and speaks with a British accent. He is usually seen wearing a red sweater, grey shorts, and dark glasses.
  • Numbuh Two, Hoagie Pennywhistle Gilligan Jr. (also Ben Diskin), is the designer of all the Kids Next Door's vehicles and weapons. He is chubby and wears a blue shirt, brown pants, and an aviator's helmet and goggles. He also possesses a knack for spouting horrible puns and bad jokes, which then lead to being reprimanded by Numbuh Five.
  • Numbuh Three, Kuki Sanban (Lauren Tom), is the nature lover of the group with what seems the shortest attention span and a love for stuffed animals. She wears a too-large green sweater and sneakers. Her constant happiness is very annoying to her comrades and so is her obsession with Rainbow Monkeys, an obvious parody of the Care Bears. Oddly enough, on her team information card, her specialty is listed as "diversionary tactics."
  • Numbuh Four, Wallabee Beatles (Dee Bradley Baker), is the impulsive "tough guy" of the group and hand-to-hand combat expert. He wears an orange hoodie and blue jeans. He speaks with an Australian accent, although any casual Australian watcher could identitfy it as false. He also cannot swim, although that has recently been rectified. He, in the words of Mr. Warburton, "definitely isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer" [1] (http://numbuh8.proboards17.com/index.cgi?board=questions&action=display&num=1108884114). Numbuh Four has an obvious but unadmitted crush on Numbuh Three.
  • Numbuh Five, Abigail "Abby" Lincoln (Cree Summer), is the group's spy, second in command, and the most laid back of the Kids Next Door. She wears a red baseball cap, white buckle shoes, and a large blue shirt with a white stripe down the side. Her big sister Cree is a former KND operative, now a teenager and a villain; the two clash on multiple occasions. She is often in situations similar to ones one would expect to find Indiana Jones, down to losing her hat when sliding under a closing door, then reaching back for it just before the door closes (Op LICE). (In fact, two episodes starring her are specifically parodies of Raiders of the Lost Ark (Op JEWELS) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Op RABBIT).)

The Kids Next Door are regularly pitted against villains that embody the characteristics they resent. Among their more tenacious adversaries are the Delightful Children from Down the Lane, well-behaved, obedient children who want to eliminate them for setting a bad example; the Common Cold, who blames children's germs for his cold and seeks to make all children as sick as he is; and Gramma Stuffum, who fattens up children with disgusting dishes from her bottomless cookpot.

Other adults who aren't enemies of the Kids Next Door (most often their parents) are often hidden characters whose faces are not usually seen. As of 2005, viewers have seen all the childrens' parents with the notable exception of Numbuh Two's father (who's absence is a point of debate among fans).

On occassion, the younger siblings of the Kids Next Door have accompanied them on missions. A few episodes feature Numbuh Three's younger sister Mushi (SPACE, KASTLE, CLUES), Numbuh Four's younger brother Joey (Operation SPROUT) and Numbuh Two's younger brother Tommy has gone on to become an adult-fighting crusader himself (he was a Kid Next Door, codenamed "Numbuh T", briefly, but he took himself out of their database to save the group; the KND security system won't let him re-enlist). He now goes by the alias "The Tommy" and functions as an independent operative. Numbuh Four has also been shown to have a little brother of toddler age. (Mr. Warburton has stated his name is "Joey", but the show itself gives no information)

Storylines

One ongoing plot arc involves attempts by two former Kids Next Door, Cree (formerly Numbuh 11, who's also Numbuh Five's older sister) and Chad (formerly Numbuh 274, who escaped the KND mandatory decommissioning and memory wipe on his thirteenth birthday), to destroy the Kids Next Door Moonbase. These missions are often coordinated by "Father" (real name Mr. Wigglestein, according to Op ARCHIVE), a shadowy figure who has redoubled his efforts to destroy the Kids Next Door after the Delightful Children (whom he's raised) have failed to do so. This arc runs through Ops SUPPORT, KISS, SPACE and END.

A recurring story involves the KND fighting the Delightful Children over the latters' birthday cake. These stories always have the word "CAKED" in the title.

Kids Next Door episodes are always titled by acronyms which often give viewers clues to what the story's about (e.g., "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.: Capture and Kidnapify Enemy Dessert"). Everyone involved with the show is credited as though they're secret agents (e.g., writers are "writing operatives", the voice cast is listed under "vocal assault").

In season 3, several stories take place at school. This is due to the adults extending school to 52 weeks a year, according to a press release from Curious Pictures [2] (http://www.curiouspictures.com/info/press_releases/KNDSeason3Final.pdf).

The missions

All 15 minutes, except when specified. All except "No P in the OOL" have "Operation: " in front of the title.

  1. No P in the OOL (7 minutes; pilot, aired as 3rd segment of 1st ep)
  2. C.A.K.E.D. (Capturize And Kidnapify Enemy Dessert, 7 minutes; aired as first segment of 1st ep, 2nd segment was another Warburton short "Kenny and the Chimp")
  3. I.-S.C.R.E.A.M. (Important - Secure Creamy Refigerated Edibles - Avoid Meltdown)
  4. C.A.N.N.O.N. (Cannon And Naptime Not Occurring Normally)
  5. N.O.-P.O.W.U.H. (New Orders - Pulverise Opposition Without Using Hamsters)
  6. T.E.E.T.H. (Tooth Extracting Enemy Terrorizes Headquarters)
  7. P.I.R.A.T.E. (Pirates Invade Repository and Treats Extracted)
  8. C.O.W.G.I.R.L. (Crazy Old Woman Goes Increasingly Really Loco)
  9. T.U.R.N.I.P. (Turnips Unfortunately Reaching Near Infestation Point)
  10. M.I.N.I.-G.O.L.F. (Miniturization Is Now Issue - Golfing Opposite Looney Fanatic)
  11. O.F.F.I.C.E. (On Fourteenth Floor is Corporate Evil)
  12. A.R.C.T.I.C. (Am Really Cold That Is Certain)
  13. L.I.C.E. (Lice Interrupt Cheese Eating)
  14. L.I.Z.Z.I.E. (Love Is Zesty Zany Insanity Eh?)
  15. T.H.E.-F.L.Y. (Tiny Horsefly Examines Five Little Youngsters)
  16. P.O.I.N.T. (Prowling Operatives Investigate Naughty Teenagers)
  17. C.A.B.L.E.-T.V. (Crazy Arrogant Baby Loses Every Television Viewer)
  18. C.A.M.P. (Children Are Miserable Parents)
  19. C.H.A.D. (Charming Hero Avoids Destruction)
  20. T.O.M.M.Y. (Totally Obnoxious Moronic Meddling Youngster)
  21. P.I.A.N.O. (Pesky Instrument Advances New Operative)
  22. Z.O.O. (Zoologically Obsessed Octogenarian)
  23. Q.U.I.E.T. (Quietude Unlikely In Entire Treehouse)
  24. R.A.I.N.B.O.W.S. (Running Amok In Nature's Bounty Observing Wild Simians)
  25. G.R.O.W.-U.P. (Getting Really Old Will Upset Plans, 30 minutes)
  26. P.O.P. (Preteens Oppose Prohibition)
  27. C.A.T.S. (Crazy Aged Tyrant Stinks)
  28. S.P.A.N.K. (Sore Posteriors Annoy Naughty Kids)
  29. D.A.T.E. (Dance Actually Threatens Everyone)
  30. S.U.P.P.O.R.T. (Special Underwire Protection Proportedly Outfits Rotten Teenagers)
  31. T.A.P.I.O.C.A. (Teens And Pudding Inconvenience Our Childish Agents)
  32. M.O.V.I.E. (Meeting Of Villains Isn't Entertaining)
  33. F.A.S.T.-F.O.O.D. (Find Another Stupid Task For Our Oblivious Dodo)
  34. F.L.A.V.O.R. (Find Lost Ancient Variety Of Refreshment)
  35. K.I.S.S. (Kid's Identity Suddenly Sixteen)
  36. G.H.O.S.T. (Ghostly Hamsters Overwhelm Spooky Treehouse)
  37. F.U.G.I.T.I.V.E. (Facing Unpleasant Girl's Insulating Taunts Isn't Very Enjoyable)
  38. T.H.E.-S.H.O.G.U.N. (Terribly Huge Enemy Steals Heaps Of Gorgonzola Using Ninja)
  39. C.O.L.L.E.G.E. (Concerned Operative Leaves Loafers Engaged Goofily Elsewhere)
  40. R.E.P.O.R.T. (Ridiculous Exaggerations Posess Occasionally Real Truth)
  41. B.R.I.E.F. (Big Reward If Enemy Finished)
  42. C.A.K.E.D.-T.W.O. (Commandos Attempt Kapturing Enemy Dessert - They Weren't Obliging)
  43. S.P.A.C.E. (Sister's Playful Antics Cause Emergency)
  44. S.H.A.V.E. (Southern Hair Attacks Virtually Everyone)
  45. O.O.M.P.P.A.H. (Obnoxious Overzealous Male Parent Plays Annoying Horn)
  46. B.E.A.C.H. (Boys Enthusiastically Attempt Chivalrous Heroics)
  47. U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R. (Unusual New Defector Eagerly Reveals Coffee Operation's Vital Enemy Relevance)
  48. D.O.G.F.I.G.H.T. (Duelling Over Gooey Frankenfurters Invariably Gives Hoagie Trouble)
  49. T.R.I.P. (Twins' Reconnaisance Increases Peril)
  50. E.N.D. (Everyone Nearly Decommisioned, 30 minutes)
  51. F.U.T.U.R.E. (Female's Utopian Trap Unleashes Reprehensible Evil, 30 minutes)
  52. A.-F.L.O.A.T. (Agents Feared Lost On Awful Tide)
  53. L.E.A.D.E.R. (Lizzie Enthusiastically Attempts Daring Exectutive Role)
  54. R.O.B.B.E.R.S. (Rather Onery Bandits Burglarize Educationally Required Schoolwork)
  55. U.T.O.P.I.A. (Uncovering The Only Perfect Island Accidently)
  56. F.O.U.N.T.A.I.N. (Figure Out Unusual Nerd's Tantalizing And Impossible Necessity, 30 minutes)
  57. B.U.T.T. (Blackmail Uncovers Titanic Tush)
  58. T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G. (Tiny Recruits Ambushed in Nefarious Invasion Need Guts)
  59. A.R.C.H.I.V.E. (Ancient Recorded Children's History is Very Enlightening)
  60. S.L.U.M.B.E.R. (Stupid Little Undercover Mission Becomes Exciting Romp)
  61. P.I.N.K.-E.Y.E. (Private Investigator's New Case Extra Yucky Epidemic)
  62. K.A.S.T.L.E. (Kuki And Sister Torpedo Loathsome Engagement)
  63. L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N. (Lurking Otherworldly Childhood Kalamity Delivers Ouchies When Naughty)
  64. C.A.K.E.D.-T.H.R.E.E. (Commados Attempt Kapturing Enemy Dessert - They Have Real Extreme Eggravation)
  65. G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S. (Gargantuan Ray's Advance Decimates Unprepared And Terrified Escaping Soldiers, 30 minutes)
  66. H.U.G.S. (Humungously Unwieldy Gorilla Showdown)
  67. J.E.W.E.L.S. (Juvenile Escapes With Extremely Luscious Sweet)
  68. T.R.I.C.K.Y. (Trivial Rival Instigates Candy Krazy Yearning)
  69. U.N.C.O.O.L. (Undead's Nocturnal Craving Overtakes Operative's Love)
  70. P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T. (Protection Requires Extreme Skill Involving Democratically Elected Notable's Transportation)
  71. H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L. (Hurt Operative Safely Protected In Totally Antiseptic Location)
  72. S.P.R.O.U.T. (Sickening Produce Removal Operation Ultra Tricky)
  73. H.O.U.N.D. (Homework Obliterating Using Neferious Dog)
  74. R.A.B.B.I.T. (Rescue Aids Beloved Bunny in Trouble)
  75. F.L.U.S.H. (Foolish Loser Undoes Sinister Hope)
  76. F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E. (Fiendish Old Ogre's Disgusting Food Is Thrown Everywhere)
  77. C.L.U.E.S. (Cutlery's Locataion Uncovers Elementary Solution)
  78. N.U.G.G.E.T. (Numbuh Uncovers Glistening Golden Edible Treat)
  79. M.A.C.A.R.R.O.N.I. (Museum's Artwork Cruelly And Recklessly Ripped Off Nearly Impossibly)
  80. P.O.O.L. (Prevent Opposite Operative's Larceny, 30 minutes)
  81. C.A.K.E.D.-F.O.U.R. (Children's Annual Kompetition Exposes Devilishly Fiendish Operation Up River, 30 minutes)
  82. S.I.T.T.E.R. (Sweetheart's Involvement Transforms The Evening's Reality)
  83. S.A.T.U.R.N. (Stuff Abducted Turns Up Revolving Nowhere)
  84. M.A.T.A.D.O.R (Misbehaving Agent Teases Adults During Organized Recreation)
  85. C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E. (Candy Hunting Operative's Chocolatized Opponent Literally A Touchy Enemy)
  86. L.U.N.C.H. (Lizzie Underappreciates Nigel's Chowtime Hardworkingness)
  87. M.U.N.C.H.I.E.S. (Morning Uncovers Needed Crunchiness Hiding In Enemy Store)
  88. K.N.O.T. (Kids Necks Overwhelmingly Tied)
  89. C.L.O.S.E.T. (Child Lost On Seriously Elevated Tundra)
  90. S.N.O.W.I.N.G. (Sickly Nigel Opposes Warped Incumbent's Nasty Grasp, 30 minutes)

Trivia

  • A.R.C.H.I.V.E. (#59), is a parody of the The Second Renaissance sequences in The Animatrix, and is a historical record of the rising of adults over their creators, the kids. Although it is shown at the end of the episode that the events in the episode may be just the works of Numbuh 1's overactive imagination.
  • From season 3 (Op FUTURE onwards), the closing credits were redone, so that they show on half the screen (the secret agent-themed crediting and closing theme remain) with a "beauty shot" on the right. This is usually showcasing a humorous event inspired from the episode which the ending follows. The storyboard of one such sequence can be seen here (http://kidsnextblog.livejournal.com/1962.html). (In foreign airings at least, this type of credits is used only in Op FUTURE and Ops AFLOAT and LEADER, while other eps use the old-style credits.)
  • S.N.O.W.I.N.G. (#90), while not a complete parody on the scale of ARCHIVE, has enough Star Wars references (both from the original films and the prequels) to be an obvious parody. These included 2x4 Tech versions of Imperial Walkers, the infamous Force-choke, "Sled Wings", and book-plated versions of the droidekas from Episode I. Even the shot and camera angle of the Imperal Walker-esque vehichles coming towards the protagontists is is faithfully carried over from Episode V. Also, the battle of stick and mop between Numbuh 1 and Jimmy is a recreation of the epic battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

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