One of Cartoon Network's most successful original animated television series to date, Codename: Kids Next Door, will be premiering its first feature-length television movie. Digging deep into the history of the Kids Next Door organization, this feature movie, which will premiere on the Fridays programming block, is just the beginning of what many animation fans, television viewers and CN hopefuls believe to be the consistent delivery of original long-form programming [related A.I. news: "CN Upfront Overview"]. The Codename: Kids Next Door film, "Operation Z.E.R.O." (Zero Explanation Reveals Origins), will premiere this Friday, August 11th at 7:30pm ET. Additional news related to this popular franchise can be found in the following official announcement:
Codename: Kids Next Door "OPERATION Z.E.R.O." is a feature-length escapade that needs 90 minutes to unfold as it reaches far back into the mysterious, ancient origins of The Kids Next Door's global organization. The looming threat of both kids and adults being turned into tapioca-eating, hideously wrinkly Senior Citizombies forces the team to re-commission their greatest operative ever to join them in a battle that exposes Earth-shattering revelations about KND as well as their arch enemies. "OPERATION Z.E.R.O." will debut on Friday, August 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Cartoon Network games group further stokes the "Operation Z.E.R.O." hotness with a single-player arcade action game - Outnumbuh'd - in which players take on the role of a KND Operative and upon completion of the game reach an exclusive sneak peek video clip! Outnumbuh'd will be available on the special event KND page (http://www.operationzero.net) beginning August 7th 2006.
Like any good team, the operatives in Codename: Kids Next Door each have their own distinct skills and personalities. Numbuh One is British-born Nigel Uno, the cunning, slightly overzealous leader of the group. Hoagie P. Gilligan, Jr. the group's expert pilot and mechanical genius, is known as Numbuh Two and hails from the United States. Diversionary tactics are the domain of Japanese operative Kuki Sanban a.k.a. Numbuh Three. The brash, impulsive Australian Numbuh Four, Wallabee Beetles, is a master of hand-to-hand combat. Rounding out the group is the team's other American operative, Abigail Lincoln, alias Numbuh Five, the smartest KND operative this side of puberty.
Tackling really important issues facing their peers, such as the right to crash "adult swim" at the local pool or stopping the drinking age of soda being raised to 13, the crew takes on top secret missions utilizing their patented "2 x 4 Technology." With incredible resourcefulness, the kids use everything from moldy plywood and Styrofoam cups to spare tires and used chewing gum to build such vital contraptions as an Intercontinental Clam Cannon and nacho cheese-powered flying machines. Most of the construction is done inside the KND headquarters, a massive tree house that harnesses the power of thousands of hamsters to operate its impressive security system and elaborate mechanical devices.
About Codename: KND: Codename: Kids Next Door debuted on Cartoon Network in December 2002, having been greenlit to become a Cartoon Cartoon original series by Cartoon Network viewers through an online vote. The show consistently delivers an average 1.2 million viewers ages 2+ year-to-date. Award-winning animator Mr. Warburton is the creator of Codename: Kids Next Door. He developed the Cartoon Network animated short Kenny and the Chimp and served as director on Cartoon Network's acclaimed series Sheep in the Big City. Warburton was the lead character designer on Pepper Ann and worked with J.J. Sedelmaier Production on television projects including Saturday Night Live and Schoolhouse Rock. Codename: Kids Next Door is produced at Curious Pictures in New York for Cartoon Network
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