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Kim Possible is the third Disney Channel Original Movie based off of the animated series of the same name, and the first Live-Action Adaptation of the series.

The film's plot follows Kim and her best friend Ron at the start of their first year of high school. Kim's first day is awful, but it gets better when she befriends a girl named Athena, whose day was even worse. Athena turns out to be a huge Kim Possible fangirl and Kim finds herself greatly enjoying her company. That is until she lets Athena tag along on a mission with her and Ron, where the rookie quickly eclipses Kim herself, leaving our heroine completely unsure of her identity if she isn't the best at everything. Meanwhile Dr. Drakken, recently broken out of prison by loyal henchwoman Shego, is putting together a new plan to gain whatever special "spark" Kim has that makes the teenager such a formidable opponent.

Sadie Stanley plays Kim while Sean Giambrone plays Ron Stoppable. Other series staples such as Dr. Drakken (Todd Stashwick), Shego (Taylor Ortega), Bonnie (Erika Tham), Kim's mom Dr. Ann Possible (Alyson Hannigan) and Wade (Issac Ryan Brown) also appear.

It came out on February 15, 2019. Here is the trailer .

Kim Possible provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parent: Drakken created Athena, and considering he was going to eighty-six her after her abilities are transferred into him, he's not getting any "father of the year" awards any time soon.
  • Action Prologue: The film opens with Kim and Ron saving a scientist from the evil Professor Dementor.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Kim's father James, while not ugly in the show at all, looks noticeably more youthful.
    • Wade looks a little less heavyset compared with his animated model.
    • Kim's grandmother is much younger looking.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: The film has Ron finding an already-adult Rufus in a lab, rather than Ron buying an infant Rufus at Smarty Mart when he was younger.
  • Adaptational Badass: Kim's mother Ann is a competent fighter in this continuity, and even joins her daughter (alongside Nana) on her mission to save Athena.
  • Adaptational Modesty:
    • Kim's mission outfit more resembles her season 4 redesign than her original one. She doesn't bare her midriff. Kim's original outfit is depicted in her closet as a Mythology Gag, but Kim doesn't wear it on-screen.
    • Kim being on the cheerleading squad has been replaced with Kim being on the girl's soccer team. As a result, there are no cheerleading outfits outside of the intro (as a reference to the cartoon).
    • Speaking of cheerleading and the intro, Kim's cheerleader outfit also doesn't bare her midriff.
    • The No Dress Code issue of the original series is changed by depicting the high schoolers more covered up.
  • Adaptational Personality Change:
    • Mr. Barkin lacks the more serious and commanding aspects of his personality from the cartoon.
    • Drakken's character is played more seriously and less campy.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Shego's ability to shoot green energy from her hands has been retooled. According to the cartoon, it's an inherent superpower she gained from a comet. In the movie, she emits energy blasts from devices worn on her wrists. This is actually a return to the original character concept — supplemental materials dating to the first season state that her powers come from her gloves, but this was never mentioned in any episode.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Mr. Barkin is more goofy than his cartoon counterpart.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Kim's hair is a darker shade of red than in the cartoon.
    • Ron's hair also goes from straight and blond to curly and a darker shade of brownish-blond.
    • Drakken and Shego do not have their unusual skin colors. Instead, Drakken has some bright blue veins on his face while Shego is primarily lipstick & eyeshadow.
    • Kim's mother Ann has longer hair than in the cartoon, while her father James has lighter brown hair. Tim and Jim are both blond instead of brunet.
    • Nana Possible has long, red hair instead of short, grey hair.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The film explains that Rufus's intelligence is the result of a genetic experiment that made him far more sentient than the average mole rat.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The Kimmunicator has been replaced with a necklace that shows holographic videos.
    • Kim's friend Monique also doesn't appear.
  • Age Lift:
    • In the cartoon, Bonnie and Kim are the same age. The film makes Bonnie a sophomore while Kim is a freshman.
    • Kim's grandmother isn't as old as she is in the cartoon.
  • All-Loving Hero: Even after Athena reveals herself to have been manipulating Kim the whole time, Kim still thinks of her as a friend and refuses to leave her behind in Drakken's lair until she has no other choice.
  • Alternate Continuity: The film is doing it's own thing and doesn't follow the cartoon note for note. For example, in the cartoon Ron had Rufus since childhood and brought him at a pet store. Here, he finds Rufus in a lab and rather then just be intelligent for the sake of being a Team Pet, it's due to experiments done on him. Another is Kim and Bonnie's relationship, in the cartoon, they're heated rivals on the cheer squad. Here, they're more friendly rivals in that regard.
  • Always Someone Better: The main plot of the film. Kim befriends a girl named Athena and then invites her along on a mission. Athena then proves to be better than Kim in every way, which really gets under Kim's skin.
  • Amazon Brigade: Drakken's henchmen are replaced by "hench-women" in this film.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed, but Kim's mom rarely got directly involved in her daughter's missions (exactly once, in fact), while it was her dad, who had a direct and personal connection with her arch-foe, Dr. Drakken and would often get involved in Kim's missions, either to help her or by getting kidnapped. Also, his profession as a rocket scientist made him a potential target for supervillains, whereas, Kim's mom, being a brain surgeon was not targeted by enemies. Here, Kim's dad gets Demoted to Extra while her mom joins Kim in the climactic battle.
  • Becoming the Mask: Athena was supposed to help destroy Kim from the inside out, but she ended up genuinely befriending her.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Athena's guesses for what Kim helped Poppy Blu in the past include zombies, ninjas, and zombie ninjas.
  • Canon Foreigner: Athena is a new character who befriends Kim and Ron and is eventually invited to join them on missions.
  • Character Exaggeration: Ron Stoppable was always an awkward, geeky weirdo but his weirdness gets amplified by 1000x in this movie. For example, he wants to grow up to be a dog. The cartoon Ron wouldn't have been THAT weird.
  • Composite Character: Athena is a combination of Monique (Kim's Token Black friend) and Eric (an android created by Drakken to infiltrate and disrupts Kim's life).
  • Continuity Reboot: Takes the base mythology of the show as gospel, but focuses on a Kim before the animated series (freshmen year of high school), and doesn't particularly care about it being a prequel thanks to the differences in aesthetics. There are a few distinct changes, such as Kim trying out for soccer rather than cheerleading and a few events that occurred during her high-school years in the cartoon (Team Possible's first conflict with Drakken and Shego, Señor Senior Senior becoming a villain) established as having happened before her first day of high school.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Just before Shego arrives to bust him out of prison, we see Drakken taking out his frustrations on a crude Kim Possible doll he built.
  • Demoted to Extra: James, Jim and Tim Possible generally are just there to give hints at Kim's home life, though they do end up with some indirect contributions in the 3rd act.
  • Embarrassing Superpower: When Professor Dementor tests the dissolving slime, he is initially jubilant... until the stuff turns pink and sparkly.
    Professor Dementor: I cannot take over ze vorld vith ze pink und ze sparkles! Everybody will make ze fun!
  • Escape Pod: Both Dementor and Drakken included one for quick escape in case the lair gets blown up. Dementor's gets hacked by Wade to deliver him to the police.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Shego questions why Kim would be so determined to save Athena after learning that Athena has been lying to her since the moment they met.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Kim is so relieved to find Athena alive and guilt-ridden over the way she treated her that she doesn't notice that Athena isn't being held prisoner.
  • Foreshadowing: When meeting Poppy Blu for the first time, Athena Squees like a fangirl and claims to have loved her music for years, despite having previously acted like she'd never heard of her. An early hint that she's not being completely honest with Kim.
  • Fountain of Youth: When the transfer device gets damaged, Drakken gets reverted into a preteen.
  • Freshman Fears: Kim is going into her Freshman year. She has no fears at first but suffers a horrible and humiliating first day. Her subsequent experience is not much better as she is outshone at every turn. But it ultimately works out.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Lampshaded by Shego. Drakken celebrates beating Kim by drinking milk. Shego sarcastically remarks "Never let it be said you don't know how to party, Dr. D". (She does however take one celebratory drink of it moments later) Drakken is then shown "hungover" with several bottles of milk scattered about.
  • The Ghost: Duff Killigan is mentioned once by Drakken, but doesn't actually make an appearance.
  • Grade Skipper:
    • Like in the cartoon, Wade earned a college degree in spite of being a kid.
    • Invoked as a cover-up for child!Drakken during The Stinger when he starts attending Middleton High.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Despite Athena being created to gain Kim's trust and then betray her, she genuinely befriends Kim to the point of revealing her artificial nature and urging Kim to escape before Drakken can spring his trap. After she is recovered from the wreckage of Drakken's lair and reassembled, she is purged of Drakken's "evil programming".
  • Informed Species: Rufus is stylized as he is in the cartoon, making him look even less like an actual naked mole rat. He just looks like a deformed, hairless fancy rat.
  • Instant Costume Change: Kim steps away for a moment and returns in her mission outfit. Later, her mother and grandmother do the same.
  • Jerkass Ball: As Athena defeated Shego on her first mission with Kim and Ron, Kim starts becoming jealous. Not just the mission, but how everybody at school shows affection to her about it.
  • Just Between You and Me: After capturing Team Possible in an array of energy beams, Drakken can't resist gloating:
    Drakken: That forcefield is 100% inescapable. Why? Because the off switch is all the way up there!
    (He indicates a Big Red Button mounted high on the wall)
    Shego: (annoyed) Don't tell them where it is!
  • Kid Hero: The film stars two teenage superheroes. More specifically, they just started high school.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: The Action Prologue shows Kim and Ron rescuing one from Professor Dementor.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Mr. Barkin. At one point, Athena and Kim show up late for class, and Athena gets him to let it slide by claiming to have been helping out at a cat shelter.
  • Luck-Based Search Technique: Kim asks Wade to find a way to blow up Dementor's lair and destroy the slime. Before she can finish asking the question, Ron leans on the Big Red Button to trigger the Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Lyric Video: The theme song has an official lyric video.
  • Meaningful Name: Athena's name comes from the Greek goddess of wisdom, but her other title was as the god of strategic warfare. A perfect title considering she was built as a living weapon to undermine Kim.
  • The Mole: Athena is not as innocent as she initially seems. She's actually a cybernetic humanoid created by Drakken to befriend and surpass Kim Possible.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Professor Dementor has an all-black costume. In the cartoon, only his mask, pants, and buttons were black.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Athena’s mission gear resembles Kim’s season 4 attire.
    • The season 1-3 opening sequence is recreated into live-action pretty closely.
    • Kim's more famous mission outfit does make an appearance briefly. Kim for her part said she stopped wearing it over and over as it felt "a bit cartoonish".
    • Kim asks Bonnie about cheerleading practice, only for Bonnie to say that Middleton High is "a soccer school".
    • Athena turning out to be a cybernetic humanoid is similar to the main twist of Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, where Eric turns out to be a Synthodrone.
    • Shego casually reading a magazine or filing her nails while Dr. Drakken schemes is taken straight from the cartoon.
    • The school sign with its punny notices is back.
    • Duff Killigan and Señor Senior, Sr. are name-dropped.
    • There's a shot of Kim walking in on Ron and Athena talking at Bueno Nachos that matches a shot in "Stop Team Go!" where Ron walks in on Kim and Shego in a similar situation.
    • Drakken's skin briefly glows blue during the transfer process.
    • A quick scene before the ending shows Kim dodging a bunch of lasers like in A Sitch in Time.
    • The Stinger scene of child-Drakken going to Kim's school intent on bringing her down resembles one of his schemes from "A Sitch in Time". He researches teen slang in an attempt to blend in better, echoing his occasional attempts to sound "hip" in the cartoon.
    • Aside from the intro, the cartoon's running gag about Ron losing his pants is said to have happened during the first day of a previous school year.
    • Not only is Poppy Blu played by Kim's original voice actress, but she's also a pop star who helps transport Kim to a mission as a thank you for helping her out in the past. Kim called in a similar favor in the first episode of the cartoon.
  • Nerdy Nasalness: Ron is given a more nasally voice than he has in the cartoon. He's a nerdy Unlucky Everydude in a Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship with Kim.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When Athena wonders what Kim did to make Poppy Blu grateful to her, her guesses include ninjas, robots, and ninja robots.
  • Noodle Incident: In spite of what happened during their first day of high school, Ron says it's the best school year first day ever. Kim mentions Ron losing his pants during a past year's first day but the viewers are given no clues about other years.
  • Once More, with Clarity: When Kim discovered the truth about Athena some of Athena’s most important scenes are played again showing that she was manipulating Kim the whole time.
  • Pride: Kim's big issue going through the movie that as a well to do, determined, successful crime fighter, she shouldn't be surpassed in anything, and once her ego gets bruised in various ways, it starts effecting her ability to perform.
  • Powers as Programs: Drakken's plan is based on this, using Athena to absorb Kim's skills and abilities and then transferring them from Athena into him.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • In the cartoon, Drakken and Shego have blue and green skin respectively. The film downplays these features to a minimum, with Shego sporting some green makeup and Drakken bearing blue veins on the sides of his face. The co-director explains that these veins are the result of a past experiment that went horribly awry.
    • While Rufus still retains his intelligence, he's no longer capable of speech. Instead, he makes animalistic squeaking sounds.
  • Race Lift:
    • Possibly Bonnie, who was Ambiguously Brown in the series. She is potrayed here by Erika Tham, who is of mixed ancestry, but is Chinese-Malaysian on her mother's side.
    • Ditto for the Ambiguously Brown Professor Dementor, who is clearly Caucasian in the film. This is justified, since both versions are played by Patton Oswalt.
  • Raised Hand of Survival: After Athena is caught in an explosion, Rufus spots a hand and leads Kim to it. It's just her detached hand. However, it turns out that her head and apparently the rest of her cybernetic body survived sufficiently intact to be recovered and re-assembled.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Athena gives a massive one to Kim about how bad a friend was when she began to surpass her.
  • Recycled Plot: Drakken's scheme involves sending a highly advanced android to befriend Kim at school before eventually turning on her. This is strangely similar to what happened in the So the Drama movie in the original animated series, although at least Bueno Nacho still has bendy straws this time. The difference is that unlike the android in STD, the one in this movie became the mask and performed a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Remake Cameo: Christy Carlson Romano, who played Kim in the original series, plays Poppy Blu, a larger than life pop star who gives a ride to one of her missions.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Once you learn Athena is an android created by Drakken, it casts her in a new light.
  • Running Gag: Kim repeatedly has to get to "the other end of the school" to get to class on time or deliver a large heavy bin of soccer equipment.
  • Sequel Hook: The final scene has a de-aged Drakken enroll at Middleton High and plot his next scheme against Kim.
  • Setting Update: From the 2000s to the late 2010s. The technology has advanced, with Wade using more holograms than before.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Drakken takes one look at the power source Shego purchased online, declares it to be a useless "cheap knockoff", and sends Shego to go get the real thing.
  • Short Teens, Tall Adults: Kim and Athena, both teens, are both only around shoulder height with Shego, an adult.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ron suggests the slime scientist use his slime on "the occasional kids' award show," referring to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and their green slime.
    • Kim calls her grandmother and mother "Team Golden Girls", which gets her mother mad at her.
    • During one of the times the Middleton High sign is seen, it announces a procrastinators' meeting being postponed. The same gag was previously used in an episode of the series (as seen on the current Different in Every Episode page image), and also in a Family Guy episode.
  • The Stinger: As the credits begin to roll, the de-aged Drakken is shown enrolling in Kim's school as a student who's been skipping school, with Shego posing as his mom. As he enters the school, he plots his revenge on Kim and laughs maniacally, hinting at a sequel.
  • Stock Scream: That old standby, the Wilhelm Scream, comes with the henchman who goes off the scaffold and lands on Professor Dementor.
  • Supervillain Lair: Played with. Drakken grouses about the lair Shego set up while he was stuck in prison (irritating her with his complete lack of appreciation for her efforts), comparing it unfavorably to what he used to have and to pictures of Duff Killigan's and Señor Senior Senior's much more impressive hideouts.
  • Tainted Veins: Dr. Drakken has sickly blue veins on his neck, as opposed to his blue skin in the cartoon.
  • Uplifted Animal: Rufus in this version is a genetically engineered mole rat that scientists experimented on to make him smarter before Ron discovered him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Drakken and Shego bring with them a pack of "hench-women" for the abduction of Athena. They're not seen or mentioned again after that.
  • Wham Line
    Athena: Would you two stop arguing, I was just trying to get your attention. And a little credit, after all, I befriended Kim, I surpassed her in every single way, and I broke her just like you asked me to.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Kim and Ron get trapped in a tank with an electric eel. As it turns out, Kim has a terrible fear of electric eels.
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • Mr. Barkin's design is completely different. He's bald, fatter, and has a mustache. Mr. Barkin in the cartoon is younger, has brown hair, is muscular, and is clean-shaven.
    • Ron has curly brown hair instead of straight blond hair, lacks his freckles, and wears different clothes than in the cartoon.

Alternative Title(s): Kim Possible 2019