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Anything's possible

The real heroes of the Disney Channel's Kim Possible are the creators. Back by popular demand, their girl returns Saturday.

By SHERRY ROBINSON
Published February 5, 2007


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The new season of the Disney Channel animated show Kim Possible comes with a lot of surprises. But the biggest surprise might be the show's return.

At the end of the 2005 movie, Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, Kim and her BFF/sidekick Ron Stoppable kissed and seemed to dance into the friends-turned-couple sunset at prom. The show ceased production.

But fans of the show craved another season. They e-mailed and wrote the series creators, Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, and Disney, begging for another season. Now the show is back with new episodes featuring Kim, Ron, his naked mole rat Rufus, and Wade, Kim's other sidekick, who is a computer genius.

At the helm again for the fourth season are McCorkle and Schooley, who are also executive producers of the show. They want to keep the surprises coming so that fans, old and new, will come back for more.

In an interview with Xpress, the team talks about the new season, the villain they relate to most and what's next for the cheerleader/superhero.

Where did you get your inspiration for the show? Was it out of the blue or did you already have some preconceived ideas?

McCorkle: It was kind of out of the blue. Bob has two daughters and I have one daughter and we noticed that there weren't very many animated series with main characters as a girl. We just wanted a character that our daughters and other girls can look up to.

Can you relate to any of the characters on the show?

McCorkle: I think we can both relate to Dr. Drakken because we like to be a little mischievous sometimes, but our plans almost never work.

Schooley: I also can see a lot of Ron in me because I am really goofy sometimes.

Were you surprised with the popularity of the show?

Schooley: We knew the show would be pretty cool and we had a hunch that a lot of kids would like it, but you can have a really good show and it could still be unpopular. So I guess with the fact of Kim Possible being on the Disney Channel, it helped a lot.

What do you enjoy most about working on the show?

McCorkle: I really love how we are able to laugh and have fun. We can sit in while the actors are in recording sessions and it's great when you actually hear it come to life.

Do you sometimes feel that you base some of the plots on your daughters' lives?

Schooley: My daughter is in the band at her high school so I've been going to a lot of football games and that's how we came up with the idea of Ron joining the football team.

McCorkle: I think that we also base a lot of it on when we were teenagers.

Who is your favorite character?

McCorkle: I would have to say Ron. He reminds me of when I was a teenager. I love how funny and goofy Ron can be at times.

Schooley: Ron is always positive and keeps his chin up. I mean he tries to keep his chin up. He is a very good role model.

Why should viewers tune in this season?

McCorkle: There are going to be a lot of new surprising twists. New villains are going to be introduced and Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) is playing a villain this season. Kim gets a new car and Ron and Kim are dating, so it should be surprising. Also, a lot of characters that haven't been on since Season 1 will be brought back.

Do you think there will be a Season 5?

McCorkle: I've learned to never say never but I think this season will wrap up the series. I don't want to give too much away but we are going to end this season with a big two-part episode with a big adventure. Kim and Ron are seniors this year, so I think the series will end with them graduating high school.

[Last modified February 4, 2007, 21:06:00]


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