Dear Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle,
Thank you for making a television show with a female protagonist.
That’s just the surface level, though, because I recently looked back at the recurring themes and character developments that went on during the course of the series and wanted to touch upon the significance of Kim Possible as a role model to young kids.
When I think about how important it is to create a television show for children, I remind myself that the people in charge of producing, writing and animating/directing are usually well into their adult lives. That means that they are having to think through the mind of a child, who could be almost a third their age. The way that kids adapt to growing up is influenced by the storylines of their favourite TV characters; the choices they make come from subconsciously remembering what happened on their television screen. Therefore, the delicate effort that must be made by the executives at Disney or Family Channel has an intense weight on the audience that is targeted. I take this to heart because I have always wanted my parents to be happy with the shows I watched. Or else, they wouldn’t let me watch. Makes sense, right? Being a kid was so simple.
Thankfully, Kim Possible was a great show for kids. It included action-packed scenes of unique adventures each episode. It included a hilarious dynamic between super-heroine and male sidekick that developed into a loving and successful partnership. It included villains that were of different cultural backgrounds, giving kids a view into their respective countries. It included a young protagonist that used her martial arts skills to launch her own company that was promoted by herself, along with her technologically-advanced computer guy. A naked mole rat came into this equation, as well. How you, as the creative team of this show, did all this and ran for 4 seasons with 2 movies is very impressive.
If I analyze Shego’s character, I can see how she is actually the most progressive role model for young children. She has powers and skills that match her to Kim Possible but she was a villain. Shego took matters into her own hands; her neon green hands that spew gas and other cool stuff (my younger self is coming out). One of my favourite episodes of the series is the Season 2 spectacle called “Go Team Go” where we are treated to the backstory of Shego and her crazy family of superheros. This narrative changed the game for me because it shows the audience that villains have intentions behind their decisions. It reminds me of “The Incredibles”. We can never relate good vs evil to a black and white concept due to the fact that so many people just want what they want. Shego was always a bad-ass biotch, but she wanted more for herself. She saw her potential.
Ron was such a great comic relief because he was able to take any dangerous situation into a neutral zone. Nothing stopped him from laughing or screaming about Kim’s adventures, and however he reacted was just how he was. It defined his character to be open about his emotions, a quality that isn’t usually explored with boys. The relationship between Kim and Ron grew so gracefully, as well, throughout the series. Initially, they were too mixed up for each other, and would never work as love interests. However, they took time to build a trust with one another and that is truly a mature choice for teenagers. She chose the nice guy who was scared to death most of the time. He chose the aggressive and busy girl who was secretive. What a balance between the two. Also, Will Friedle is my ultimate crush so BIG thank you for that! ❤
All in all, this series has a level of education that is so fitting for kids and honestly, I wish it still ran on television programming. I still like watching it. If there’s one thing to take away from it, one should always strive to do the impossible.
I want to extend my appreciativeness to the whole cast and crew behind this show for letting me into the world of Kim Possible and influencing a whole generation.