The "Codename: Kids Next Door" logo.
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 (with the exception of "Operation: G.R.O.W.U.P.: Getting Really Old Will Upset Plans" and at least three other episodes as of August 2004), 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).
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.
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.
- 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. He also cannot swim, although that has recently been rectified.
- 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 with the teenagers; the two clash on multiple occasions.
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 never seen. As of 2004, viewers have seen Numbuh One's father (Operation OOMPAH), Numbuh Two's grandmother and mother (Operation CLUES), Numbuh Three's parents (Operation CLUES), Numbuh Four's mother and father (Operation SPROUT), and Numbuh Five's father (a surgeon who sounds like a younger Bill Cosby, in Operation SUPPORT).
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), 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 operator. Numbuh Four has also been shown to have a little sibling, name unknown, of toddler age (Fanon establishes the boy's name as "Kowala", continuing the marsupial trend of the Beetles family).
One complaint voiced about the show is its stereotypical portrayal of the Japanese children in cartoons include Kimi Finster from Rugrats and Ami from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
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), 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.
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").
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- Codename: Kids Next Door (http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Other_Studios/C/Curious_Pictures/Codename__Kids_Next_Door/index.html) at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Codename: Kids Next Door (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312109/) at the Internet Movie Database
- Stardrifter's Forum (http://numbuh8.proboards17.com/index.cgi) the largest KND fanbase on the net.