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(Note: IMDb's automatic spell-corrector will not let me spell the title
of this film correctly. It's "A S-i-t-c-h in Time", not "S-T-i-t-c-h".)
While Kim Possible (Christy Carlson Romano) sidekick Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle) learns that he must move with his family to Norway, villains Monkey Fist (Tom Kane), Dr. Drakken (John Di Maggio), Shego (Nicole Sullivan) and Duff Killagan (Brian George) join forces to acquire the famed Tempus Simius, which would enable them to time travel and finally rule the world. Can the Possible gang stop them?
Unlike other Kim Possible releases, such as The Secret Files (2003), A Stitch in Time is laudable for being conceived and constructed as a single film, telling one longer story, rather than being a compilation of half-hour episodes. However, there may seem to be some negatives with this film, especially if you are considering buying it on DVD. It only clocks in at 66 minutes--on the short side, even for a direct-to-video animated Disney film. There isn't much on the disc in the way of extras--just a very brief but cute "Naked Mole Rap" video (it must be less than 2 minutes long), and a few drawings with brief descriptions of Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable and Rufus at various ages. In terms of quantity, the disc is slim pickins.
Even when you first begin watching the film you might be hesitant. A Stitch in Time was drawn and inked largely by Disney's Asian television animation division, and is much simpler in some ways than even other Disney direct-to-video fare, or other Kim Possible DVD releases.
But it soon becomes apparent that rather than being overly simplistic like a low budget Saturday morning cartoon, the animation in A Stitch in Time is smart and highly stylized. It's very attractive visually; it ended up appealing to me more then The Secret Files. Also, kids (I would guess maybe 6 or 7 to 14 or 15) are obviously the primary target audience, so the shorter running time can be more of an asset with them.
Most significantly, however, the story and script are excellent. Writers Bill Motz and Bob Roth pack so much into the script, and Steve Loter directs the animators and voice actors to deliver such consistently high-energy, intelligent performances that the film doesn't feel short. Rather it has an epic feel, broad in scope, deep in content, and despite a plot line that could easily turn into a mess in the most capable hands (as has frequently been the case with similar subject matter in "adult" live action sci-fi/fantasy films), A Stitch in Time is always coherent and clever.
This isn't just a film for kids, although they're sure to enjoy it. Motz, Roth and Loter have filled A Stitch in Time with countless jokes, jibes and references that you'd have to be not only an adult to catch, but a quick-witted adult. A Stitch in time is full of social satire, refreshing irreverence (including towards the Kim Possible characters themselves), wonderful surrealism and mind-bending time travel paradoxes. It is closer to The Simpsons or even Ren & Stimpy in its delightfully anarchic spirit (although with nothing inappropriate for young kids) than the much more standardly paced and plotted The Secret Files (which is still a good "film", but nowhere near the quality of this one).
So leave any reservations in the dust and make sure you check out A Stitch in Time if you're a fan of animation, fantasy or sci-fi--even if, like me, you are older and have no children.
It's been a while since I've seen a good adaptation of a TV series into a movie. Not only is the plot interesting and exciting, but the humor is top-notch. Starting with a simple mix-up between Latin the language and Latin the ethnicity the movie stays true to the series' style of blending hilarious one-liners and dialog exchanges with fast-paced invigorating action sequences. Recommended for any fan of the series or anyone who just wants to see a good movie.
"Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time" works as a feature-length episode of this
cracking Emmy-nominated series and as a good movie in its own right, if not
the most original one of its type - but in any case, time travel's always a
good source of stories and so are villains teaming up. In this case,
writers/story editors Bill Motz and Bob Roth have most of Kim's recurring
enemies joining forces to sort out our heroine once and for all, with Kim
getting some help from the future's Rufus 3000 - a muscle-bound molerat who
talks with the voice of Michael Dorn. Okay, so it does have some
Most of the show's regular (Kim, her parents, Ron, the tweebs Jim and Tim, Wade, Rufus) and semi-regular characters (Drakken, Shego, Monkey Fist, Duff Killagin, Bonnie, Monique) make appearances here - though Senor Senior Senior and Senor Senior Junior are missing - and a lot of the fun comes from seeing their future selves, especially Wade and the tweebs; unlike some extended episodes there's no padding at all, and plenty of what makes "Kim Possible" such a great show, from sharp writing to good vocal acting (give Christy Carlson Romano credit for differentiating between Kim as herself and as a slightly younger version of herself - and Walt Disney Television credit for leaving the guest cast uncredited until the end).
The identity of the Supreme One is a bit too easy to guess - though in fairness Rufus 3000 does say it's obvious - and the insistence on draping a couple of the fight scenes with distracting songs is unfortunate (Adam Berry's score intentionally references John Williams's "Minority Report" music at one point, which is much more interesting), but these are the sole real flaws in an otherwise good production. Fun both for fans and for newcomers, "Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time" is SO not the waste of time, and arguably the best thing Freddie Prinze Jr's done to date.
"Why is everyone in the future so ripped?"
I liked this movie very much. I sat down and watched it with my kids who are into the Kim Possible show. I liked the fact that were so many "big-name" voices in this one. This movie was pretty much like the show except the obvious being longer in length. You had Kim fighting villains that were in her show and actually losing a battle or two to the "bad guys." I liked the fact that they made the relationship between her and her friend/sidekick, Ron Stoppable, that of a "friends only" type of thing when they showed it. There were her brothers who I don't really recall in her shows in this movie. In fact, they helped out quite a bit! Good one to add to your collection!
As a parent, I love this show. It's hip (far as I can tell, anyway), funny,
exciting, teaches gentle moral lessons without an unduly heavy hand, and
manages to hint at being sexy without remotely getting close to any
boundaries. At its best, KP is better than lots of "Buffy"
Alas, this film isn't up to KP's own standard. Like many feature-length excursions from a TV series, it goes off in directions that are not really part of the canon, including some time-travel into the near future that lets us see some things about the characters' destinies that are just not all that interesting.
Regardless, the devotion Kim and her sidekick Ron have for each other, which is--to my mind--the greatest strength of this show, comes through clearly, and that's a good enough reason for KP's fans to see this one. If, however, "Sitch" is your first meeting with the high-school superspy who "can do anything," give the series a try too; it's better than this not-bad film.
It was obvious that with the success of the TV show of Kim Possible,
that there was bound to be a TV movie to come. Kim Possible, her batch
of friends, family and even villains are all pieces of what makes this
cartoon so successful. And the best thing is, this hour long TV movie
keeps everything the same, which is what should be done for any lovable
franchise. But, making things even better is how the writers were able
to twist the story to be even cleverer than one would think.
The story is as many would guess without reading the plot is about time travel. Dr. Drakken, Shego, Duff Killagan & Monkey Fist team up to travel back to Kim's early years to keep her from being the crime- fighting good girl that she currently is. Unfortunately along with this news comes word that Ron Stoppable will be moving to Scandinavia with his family. Because of this, the duo tries to keep ties strong but it ends up getting too inconvenient for both to travel to the same location from different parts of the world. Soon, these events will lead to the intervention of individuals from the future to inform Kim Possible about the impending danger.
This is where things get funny and interesting because by the finale, the third act will take place in the future. What's funny is to see the current cast in the future and it's hilariously clever. One of the ongoing jokes is that everyone is ripped and muscular. Funny. Also, the voice actors chosen for the future character roles are a load of laughs too. It is just so oddly placed but funny all the same. As for the rest of the characters, their respective voice actor is with them which is great because no one can do it better than like the originals.
Now it's a little hard to say whether this movie had a budget bigger than its series but the backgrounds are good looking and the animation is well done. The action scenes were sequenced great and the music by TV composer Adam Berry made an energetic score as well. But like most TV movies, the score is never released which is rather disappointing. The only quarrel people might have with this movie is again that it deals with time travel and how messing with the past can alter the future. But all around it's still a lot of fun.
Although it wasn't made for the theater, this TV movie of Kim Possible is still one to enjoy. The action is great, the music is energetic and comedy is always abundant.
Featuring the characters of the original Kim Possible series, this film
proves to a be gripping, exciting and quite hilarious along the way.
The flaws are mediocre animation and fighting that, though it may be
cool, it becomes tedious. Better things about the film are the songs
(though they may not be to everyone's standards as they are quite
modern), the gags and the plot. This film will be enjoyable for most
teenagers and children!
Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable have a rather tough adventure on their hands. Ron has just moved to Norway and without him, Kim is finding beating the boisterous baddies particularly difficult. With a stone idol called "Tempus Simmea", which is a small monkey statue, the villains are trying to activate some sort of evil...
Enjoy "Kim Possible: A Stitch In Time"! :-)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
For my first comment, I'm going to say something about the theme; For a Disney cartoon, it's surprisingly cool. In fact, I'd almost rank it near the same level as "Turn Down the Sun," from IS IT FALL YET? Unfortunately, like "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold, it wasn't originally written as a theme song. Some have compared it to the opening cheer from BRING IT ON(2000), although nobody's uniform falls off out of nowhere in this one. You can even hear the swishing of the pom-poms and bouncing around on the gymnasium floorboards through the music, which makes it obvious they used multiple soundtracks here. After the cheer-session, we find Ron has signed both himself and Kim up for Latin class, only to find the Latin he signed them up for was Latin the language, rather than Latin American culture. Which raises the question, Just how dead is Latin as a language if it's still being offered as a course in our schools? Anyway while making his speech about how great the new school season is going to be, he suddenly finds his family is moving out of town...WAY out of town! Specifically, NORWAY! Soon we find that Ron was NOT exaggerating when he said moving out would mean the end of life on earth as we know it, as Kim & Ron's efforts to stop freaky super-villains on three different continents don't work so well. We also find that the Latin class Ron got Kim into were useful after all. Since our little Kimmie-cub is the only thing standing in the way of world domination for Drakken, Shego, Monkey Fist, Duff Killigan or any villains not appearing in this movie, Drakken decides to take the three other mentioned villains and to travel through time to thwart Kim's evolution into the confident teen heroine we know her to be, using primate-obsessive Lord Monkey Fist's knowledge about an ancient time-traveling relic called the "Tempus Simia." Once she figures this out, a much more articulate and not-so-naked descendant of Rufus(voiced by Michael Dorn) visits her from the future and drafts her to help them with the fight against "the Supreme One," by going back in time to stop them. I like how he goes into a grandiose speech about the importance of a mission, and then says "I'm making cookies." Like the original series it's humor relies on slapping standard hero and villain clichés right in the face. Shego has a sarcastic streak rivaling Daria Morgendorffer, even if she's not as smart as or far more evil than Daria. As expected with any movie (or TV-Movie for that matter) based on an existing cartoon since the 1990's, this cartoon relies on something extra to distinguish itself from the regular series -- the use of CGI-Animation, however the use of these techniques is far more subtle than in THE FAIRLY ODD-PARENTS: ABRA-CATASTROPHE(2003)(TV), from earlier that year. Compare this to 1966's THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE, which only had musical interludes and unique camera angles to distinguish itself from that series. The statues of "The Supreme One" look like they were done with pencil, but my guess is that they were airbrushed. The fight at Shego's lair seems a lot like something out of STAR WARS, and others appear ripped-off of SAMURAI JACK, but that's not much of a reason to complain. I did notice that one of the people who gave Kim a ride was an Australian Bushman who drove a HUMVEE with left-hand drive(Another goof I tried and failed to submit to IMDb). Despite these anomalies, it's still great partially because it shows the origins of Kim's world-saving activities, and what would happen if she were to fail. Overall, it's not as good as the would-be series-ending "So the Drama," but still good.
The first Kim Possible movie, A Sitch in Time, is a fun movie for fans of
the Disney series.
The premise is that the partnership between Kim and Ron breaks up when Ron
moves away. The villains featured in the movie are Dr Drakken, Shego,
Monkeyfist, and Duff Killigan. They team up with the newly found ability
time travel to defeat Kim Possible during different periods of her life.
doing this they hope to take over the world. Kim is pulled in by a
futuristic 'Rufus' who provides her with means of time traveling as
All in all, the movie was entertaining and fun. There were a few annoying
time fillers of pop songs that went on too long. It was entertaining,
though, to see young versions of Kim, Ron, and the villians as well as
versions of most of the characters. The jokes were typical for the show
in that aspect they were appropriate. It keeps true to the series so it's
great for any fans of Kim Possible.
I love this movie! It's hilarious. Shego was definitely at her best. "I'm working with a man named Monkey Fist! My evil career is SO in the toilet!" is an AWESOME line! And Little and Preteen Ron were adorable. So was Kim.
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