Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Review


Drakken: When young Kim Possible goes on her first mission we’ll make sure she fails. This time her spirit will be crushed!

Beware: Spoilers may follow.

Kim Possible was a great Disney Channel show during the early to mid 2000s. And like most great Disney Channel shows back then it eventually got its own movie. While this was not its only movie it did prove to be the better of the two and proved to bring the same entertainment and heart each episode of the show brought.

The story is that Kim’s best friend Ron is moving away to Norway. Ron assures Kim that he will still be able to make it on missions with Kim but mostly by the time he arrives the mission is already done and it puts a strain on their partnership. To make matters worse, a trio of Kim’s foes made up of Dr. Drakken, Monkey Fist, and Duff Killigan has banded together to use a time-traveling relic to rule the world and attack Kim throughout the past, present, and future.

The animation doesn’t have much if anything to differentiate itself from the TV show. As a result, it is easy to see this movie as merely an extended TV episode. With that being said the animation carries the strength of the TV show which is the action. This movie has a lot of action in it and all the moves, angles, manner, etc. the animation utilizes lends its way to a great deal of creativity. The greatest strength of this movie does not lie in its heroes however but rather, lies in its writing.

This movie finally gave Kim’s archrival, Shego a chance to shine as a leader. In the show, despite being far smarter than her boss Drakken, she often undeservedly wound up playing second banana to him. Here, we find just how much she can do alone with the time relic as she uses it to become dictator and enslave the global population.

The writing doesn’t have much in the way of drama or emotional turmoil. The concept of time-travel in this movie, is not so much defined by the laws of time and space itself as much as it is rather the way the characters utilize it. It is rather mostly just a bunch of comedy. However, with the characters being so well defined (as well as having some impressive voice actors behind them), it is enjoyable and witty every step of the way. Even if a joke doesn’t work, they are delivered so fast that the bad ones fade and the good ones leave a greater impression. Whether it be the arguing amongst the villains (even over such petty matters), the joke about Ron’s dad being an actuary, Ron’s remarks about meat cakes and time travel, or Kim’s dad remarking that his daughter is merely lost in the time stream as opposed to being out late with a boy, the way the jokes are written are already funny but the voice acting makes it even funnier.

Kim and Ron themselves are every bit as fun as they were in the show. The concept of time-travel is utilized well with them as we go into their past and we get a bit of character depth into their friendship. And it keeps to the movie’s strange but effective comedic style as they encounter an ally in Rufus 3000, a descendant of Ron’s pet naked mole rat, Rufus. However the factor that truly makes this movie are the villains. Drakken, Killigan, Shego, and Monkey Fist are such different and well-defined villains that seeing them work off of each other, is entertaining and truly drives the movie. Like, most character-driven movies, you could have these guys just in a room talking amongst each other and it would have been fine.

Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time didn’t further the series in any way but it took full advantage of the characters’ best traits, which made it worthy. Its greatest strength does not lie in its narrative but its vast array of characters. And at the end of the day, that’s all the movie is: Just seeing these characters and the ways they interact off one another.