Kim Possible is a Disney Channel live-action television movie based on the Disney animated series of the of the same name. It premiered on February 15, 2019.
The film follows the titular hero, Kim Possible, a typical high school girl who saves the world from her nemesis, Dr. Drakken, with the help of her best friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable, his naked mole-rat Rufus and computer genius Wade.
Why It Sucks
- Bad grasp of the source material from the same creators, Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle (who are writers and executive producers for the movie) and the channel where the show airs. For example, Kim's jealousy towards Athena completely goes against her character in the show of how she doesn't hold grudges against those she's jealous of for so very long and eventually moves on.
- Despite being based on the show, due to the creators being involved in the movie’s process, this resulted in the film's continuity becoming a mess, sometimes acting as a prequel (see #10), interquel (probably with #8) and rest of the time not so, all in one film.
- In the series, Kim would always use a variety of spy gadgets, but in the film she's obsessed with only grappling guns.
- The pacing for the film is very slow and inferior compared to the cartoon, which was known for its fast pacing and action in order to fit the show's comedic timing.
- Most of the film's focus is on Kim's high school popularity rather than doing any spy-related missions.
- The new designs for the characters did not sit well. Like Kim's new mission outfit, and Drakken and Shego's change of skin color. Kim said that the changes on her outfit was because she thought it was too cartoony (Ironically enough, the film was based on a cartoon).
- On that topic, she also looks at the camera in a very meta way, which wasn't featured in the series. This remark also feels more a jab to the series rather than a homage.
- Compared to the original source material, the jokes in this movie are very hit-or-miss.
- Sadie Stanley felt more like a random choice to play Kim Possible.
- Athena was a very unnecessary character because her assistance to Kim and Ron disrupted the dynamic teamwork they were always known for and her role is kind of a rehash of Eric's role from Kim Possible: So the Drama. The plot twist that she was a robot was an obvious attempt to make her survive the explosion under the G-rating rules.
- There are changes that didn't sit very well with fans; for example, Kim's sports profession was changed from cheerleading to soccer as this was one of Kim's defining character traits, and it explains why she's so athletic, by gaining the athletic trait solely from Nana Possible's dojo in the film.
- The scene involving the removal Rufus's childhood history with Ron and replacing it with Rufus being a lab rat makes absolutely no sense.
- Monique, Kim's friend from the animated series, is not seen nor is mentioned in this film.
- Kim does so many unnecessary flips and backflips.
- Despite being a main character from the TV series, Rufus doesn't have that much focus in the film. In the series, Rufus was revealed to be an intelligent mole rat that can do a lot, but in the film, the only thing he's done was simply push a button.
- On that topic, the CGI for Rufus is laughably bad.
- It most likely killed the Kim Possible franchise as there are no further productions based on Kim Possible after this film, other than a five-short miniseries titled Kim Hushable.
- The marketing of the film was a bit poor. While the teaser trailer received positive reviews, the official trailer received a lot of dislikes from fans of the original.
- The plot of having to live under someone else's shadow is pretty realistic and reasonable.
- It has a pretty good recreation of the intro from the TV series, along with Kim's famous "What's the sitch?" line.
- Patton Oswalt reprises his role as Professor Dementor from the cartoon, and while he looks different from the cartoon version (both costume and appearance), Oswalt still does a decent performance as Dementor.
- There are a few nice references to the cartoon, like the sign near Middleton High changing every time it appears.
- Nancy Cartwright reprises her role as Rufus from the cartoon.
- Kim's original voice actress, Christy Carlson Romano, makes a cameo appearance in the movie.
- Sean Giambrone is a spot-on casting choice as Ron Stoppable.
- Connie Ray's role for Nana Possible gave a good performance, giving the character a more realistic approach.
The film received negative reviews from fans of the cartoon and currently holds a 3.6/10 rating on IMDB. Despite this, it received high reviews from critics by holding a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score is 29%.