Before the series exists it's used as part of the pitch. "Here's what the show is going to be, give me money and a timeslot."
Once the show does exist it's used to keep the writers on the same page. It has the basic facts that you do not want to fuck up, it has overviews of the characters so that they're in character, so forth. The writers read it before they write and as a result (hopefully) the TV show has cohesion.
On April 18th one of the creators of Kim Possible, Bob Schooley, came across the pitch-era bible for the show while unpacking stuff into his new office (the two Kim Possible creators are going to be the ones doing the Big Hero 6 TV series at Disney.)
And thus began the tweeting of pages from said bible. The bible was used to pitch the show in 2000. The show hit the air in 2002. As always with early production material it's interesting to see what changed and what remained the same.
Twelve pages of the bible have been released. At some point I'll talk about what's to be gleaned from them, for now I'm in "I shouldn't even be doing this much this close to a screen" mode because concussion.
Speaking of, apparently I didn't forget about "brain rest", it's something that's relatively recent so it wouldn't have been mentioned last time I had a concussion. But fuck are they right about it. Screens and florescent lights are kryptonite to me right now and if I hadn't been told to stay away from them I'd have no clue because I'd be around them too often to notice the difference. I'd just think the suffering was unavoidable.
So, until I do say something about the series bible, let me link you to what there is so you can look at it for yourself if you want to (these are all links to tweets, three of them links to the same tweet):
- Cover page
- One page description of Kim and thus the show
- Character bios for Kim and Ron
- Character bios for Rufus, Wade, and Ken (Ken got a name change and reduced to one episode)
- Not released: Kim in her own words
- Ron in his own words
- Not released: Ken in his own words
- Description of what's to be found in a usual episode
- Enemies : Drakken, Steel Toe, Shego, Bs (Steel Toe, as described, never appears)
- Enemies: Dr. Botox, Duff Killigan, Monkey Fist, Seniors (Dr. Botox definitely never appears)
- Family: Mom, Dad, twins (Jim and Tim)
- High School: Zita, Bonnie, Josh, Rick (changed to Brick in the show)
- Not Released: One more high school character on the next page, probably Mr. Barkin
- Slang guide (only the front page is legible)
And that's it.
You can make out a bit of the text on the following page in most of the pictures which is how I know that there's one more "high school" character bio.
Oh, and if you have anything to say on any of that stuff, please do share it in the comments here.