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Kammie's World is an Keclian/American/British/Canadian animated comedy television series based on the comic strip Kammie and Friends. It was created by Theresa Kaine. It first premiered on Network Seven on September 12, 1993, which led to a series of half-hour episodes.

Kaine first conceived the series in late 1979 with her idea of "building a whole world" around 3 preteen girls. Kaine created an unpublished comic book series in the early 1980s, and later reluctantly pitched the series to Keclian Features Syndicate as a comic strip. The characters first appeared as a comic strip beginning in March 1985. The comics were adapted into a half-hour television series in 1993. The network gave the staff a large amount of creative freedom, with the writers targeting both children and adults.

The show received generally positive reviews from critics and became one of Network Seven's most successful original series. Although it was not made in Lojbania, it has gained mass popularity there and has attracted an audience of 45.8 million households.

In May 2004, the show's main characters were featured on the front cover of TV Guide Keclia as an example of cultural and ethnic diversity impacting television programs. With a 25-year run and more than 200 episodes, Kammie's World remains the longest-running original series on Network Seven to date, and is also one of the longest-running Keclian animated series, and is slated to air new episodes through 2025.

The show was commercially successful, establishing Kammie as the mascot of Seven Animation, and has spawned a successful franchise, and adaptations into other media, such as video games and films. It is one of the most viewed shows in the world, with over 5.3 billion viewers. Much like The Simpsons, Kammie's World utilizes a very large ensemble cast of recurring characters. Merchandise for Kammie's World includes toys and print media. Kammie's World: The Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on December 7, 1999, and grossed over $399 million. Spin-off media includes comics, DVD releases, video games, music albums, and collectible toys.

The series has developed a broad fan base and has been critically acclaimed for its design, music, voice acting, characterization, and prominence of LGBTQ themes. Kammie's World holds a TV-Y7 rating for most episodes, with some episodes rated TV-PG. Kammie's World became one of Network Seven's most beloved and critically acclaimed series, renowned for its character development and serious themes. Kammie's World has received numerous accolades, including a KAFTA Award and two Best of Keclian Television Awards, and numerous inclusions in various publications' lists of greatest television shows. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Kammie's World the thirteenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.

Despite its widespread acclaim, the series has been involved in several public controversies, including one centered on speculation over Kammie's intended sexual orientation. Portions of the show have become part of the remix culture, and have formed the basis for a variety of internet memes.

Production

The series is produced by Meridian Broadcasting (1993-2003), United Productions (1996-99), Granada (2003-06), ITV Studios (2006-present), Warner Bros. Animation (1993-present), Cartoon Network Studios (2006-16), DHX Media (2016-present), Nelvana (1993-present), Baton Broadcast System (1993-98), CTV Productions (1998-2016), Corus Entertainment (2016-present), Alliance Entertainment (1993-98), Alliance Atlantis (1998-2007), E1 Entertainment Television (2007-10), EntertainmentOne Television (2010-present), MTM Enterprises (1993-present), KMF Studios (1993-present), and Seven Productions (1993-present). The show is produced by Theresa Kaine. Randy Miller makes the concepts and devises the jokes, making sure not to use burp/poop/fart/vomit jokes.

Development

Even though Keclian children's television staples like The Caidin Show were popular with younger audiences, Seven executives felt that they had become dated over the years. Their answer was to create a TV show geared toward contemporary audiences.

In 1992, Theresa Kaine and Randy Miller signed a deal with Seven to fund a "Kammie" series. Kaine started working on the pilot episode; there was one problem though, Kaine and Miller were only given a week to produce the pilot, and on short notice hired the Nelvana animation studio to produce the pilot. Leelan Fawcett directed and co-produced the pilot with Kaine and Miller, with Kaine and her friends doing much of the voice acting. Nelvana completed the pilot with hours to spare as the deadline came.

As soon it was finished, Kaine invited some kids to watch the test screening of the pilot episode with their parents, the pilot was test screened at an event at the Viridian Theatre in New Victoria on a Friday in 1992, the parents found it "a bit too dark for kids", but the kids liked it, Kaine decided to pitch the series to Network Seven, and shortly after, the series was greenlight for 1993.

In 1993, a team of production companies started Kammie's World as a half-hour sitcom for Network Seven. The team included the Nelvana animation house. Kaine negotiated a provision in the contract with the network that prevented Seven from interfering with the show's content. The half-hour series premiered on September 12, 1993, with "The Beginning". "The Propaganda Channel" was the first full-length episode produced, but it did not broadcast until May 1994 because of animation problems. Kammie's World went on to be such a success that Kaine and Miller went to the 1993 MIPCOM where they put the series' foreign rights up for sale, and managed to get the series sold to 150 broadcasters worldwide successfully.

Staff

Theresa Kaine and Randy Miller have served as executive producers during the show's entire history, and also function as creative consultants. Leelan Fawcett, described by Kaine as "the unsung hero" of the show, served as creative supervisor for the first four seasons. He was constantly at odds with Kaine, Miller, and the show's production company MTM Enterprises, and left in 1996. Before leaving, he negotiated a deal that saw him receive a share of the profits every year, and an executive producer credit despite not having worked on the show since 1996, at least until his passing in 2015. A more involved position on the show is the showrunner, who acts as head writer and manages the show's production.

Premise

The show is known for its comedy. Some of the episodes have played off well-known movies, musicals and even cartoons, as well as holiday-related episodes. During more recent seasons, some episodes have showed everyday occurrences experienced by preteens, often teaching viewers a lesson on how to handle real-life situations.

Setting

Kammie's World takes place in Queensville, a fictionalized version of New Victoria, Keclia. It has some differences from the real New Victoria, as the companies, TV networks, stores, shops, movies, shows and video games are given parodied names to avoid paying for product placement and copyright issues.

Characters

The show follows the exploits of Kammie Delgado, an 11-year-old girl, and her family and friends. They live in Queensville, a fictionalized version of New Victoria, Keclia. The town is also home to an assortment of frequent characters such as students, families, middle school staff, and other various residents.

Until 2000, Kammie's World was accompanied by live-action segments known as The Billy Mays Show. The show starred Billy Mays, Michael Rosen, and Jack Black as fictionalized versions of themselves: Mays tried to sell (fictional) products, Rosen told stories, and Black (referred to simply as "Jack") was obsessed with octagons.

Opening sequence

Kammie's World's opening sequence is one of the show's most memorable hallmarks. The standard opening has gone through three iterations (a brand new sequence when the show switched to high-definition in 2009).

Differences between the original comic strip and the show

In contrast to the original comic strip, which was basically a Keclian mockbuster of Archie Comics but with slightly younger characters, the show is more of a "random comedy" show (imagine a cross between The Simpsons and Robot Chicken).

In addition, the character designs have been changed to allow more fluid animation and be less outdated-looking.

Style and themes

According to Telebisyon, "The show is fairly comedy-oriented, but also has a dramatic atmosphere". In addition to comedy, the show's storylines also explore elements of romance and drama. According to The Artifice, the show's unique brand of humor distinguishes itself from the slapstick style associated with most of Seven's sitcoms. With a tendency to not take itself seriously, Kammie's World both parodies and pays homage to the sitcom, teen drama, and sketch comedy genres, its comedy benefiting from the show's emphasis on "over-the-top plots" and circumstance. Self-referential in its humor that avoids talking down to its viewers, the series also parodies the sitcom genre, while occasionally adopting common cartoon and sitcom tropes. Other inspirations included old MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons, as well as Hanna-Barbera cartoons, UPA shorts, and the works of Jay Ward.

Broadcast

Countries

Keclia:

Canada English:

  • Baton Broadcasting System (1993-98)
  • CTV (1998-2016, Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons as part of CTV Kids)
  • Global (2016-present, Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons as part of Global Kids)
  • YTV (2000-present, reruns)
  • Teletoon (2014-present, reruns)
  • Family Channel (2016-present, reruns)

Canada French:

  • Radio-Canada (1993-present)

United States:

  • Syndication (1993-95, thru The Program Exchange)
  • Kids' WB (1995-2008)
  • Cartoon Network (2006-16)
  • Qubo (2016-present, new episodes at the same times as Keclia and Canada, reruns across the schedule)
  • Discovery Family (2020-present, reruns only)

United Kingdom:

  • ITV (1993-2006)
  • CITV Channel (2006-present)
  • S4C (1993-present, Welsh dub)

Tenth anniversary

Seven began celebrating the series' 10th anniversary on January 18, 2003. Other celebratory actions taken by the network included the launching of a new website for the series (kammiesworld.kc) and the introduction of new merchandise. In an interview, Theresa Kaine said, "What I'm most proud of is that kids still really like [Kammie's World] and care about it ... They eagerly await new episodes. People who were young children when it started 10 years ago are still watching it and digging it and think it's funny. That's the loving cup for me."

On Friday, July 25, Seven aired a 50-hour television marathon titled "The Ultimate Kammie's World Weekend". Saturday saw a countdown of the top ten episodes as picked by fans. On the official anniversary date, an eleven minute documentary on the series, Celebrating 10 Years of Kammie's World, premiered on Network Seven.

Seven continued celebrating the anniversary through the rest of the year.

Twentieth anniversary

On February 11, 2013, Network Seven announced it would recognize the twentieth anniversary of Kammie's World. In honor of the anniversary, Pantone created color shades based on Kammie's official artwork to be used by Seven's licensing partners. That summer, Nike, in collaboration with Kyrie Irving, released a Kammie's World series of shoes, accessories, and apparel. In May, for the first time ever, Kammie's World became the theme of a cosmetics line, which was released as a limited time offering by HipDot Studios. The "Best Year Ever" also introduced an official Kammie's World YouTube channel and a new mobile game based on the series, along with new toy lines.

The "Best Year Ever" continued in July at San Diego Comic Con, with two panels, a booth, and various activities devoted to the series. A DVD titled 20 Years and Counting was released on October 1, 2013 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The two-disc set contained various episodes from the show's history, with one disc containing the 30 best episodes and the other containing story arcs. Finally, in November 2019, a primetime special, Kammie's 20th Anniversary Celebration!, aired on Network Seven. The special was released on DVD soon after on December 3.

Reception

Response from critics and fans

Kammie's World premiered to both widespread acclaim and strong viewership. The series continued to garner critical acclaim throughout its run, earning significant praise for its dialogue, humor and animation. Describing the show as "infectious", Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "Blessed with a modern sense of humor and hip -- but not too hip -- vocabulary, Kammie's World should appeal to the tweens (ages 9-13) it clearly targets", while crowning Kammie the series' breakout star. Writing for The New York Times, Julie Salamon also enjoyed Kammie's role, penning, "I probably would have liked Kammie's World even if Kammie wasn't one of its lead characters. But the cheerful presence of Kammie in this new animated series signals that the show's executive producer and director, Theresa Kaine, doesn't mind getting cute in obvious ways." In his book The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, television historian Tim Brooks appreciated the series for having "a marvelous sense of humor about itself."

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret News praised Kammie's World for being "an entertaining show that should indeed appeal to tweens, younger kids and even their parents" that "plays with the comedy format in a way that doesn't take itself too seriously but doesn't play down to the viewers." Tracy McLoone of PopMatters reviewed, "Kammie's World includes adult-friendly humor, in the event that parents feel the need to watch tv (sic) with their kids. But nobody in or watching the series will ever be offended or over-stimulated, or even surprised." While accepting Kammie as a positive role model and acknowledging that the series teaches "good lessons" at times, Besty Wallace of Common Sense Media expressed concern about the show's use of humor and violence. Wallace concluded, "As long as you're not expecting too much in the way of educational value, you'll probably have plenty of fun with this one."

According to James Whitbrook of io9, it is an "equally rewarding watch" for adults and children; and Eric Thurm of Wired has called it "one of the stealthiest, smartest, and most beautiful things on the air". Over the course of its run, Kammie's World has attracted a rapidly-growing fan base.

Critics have praised the "breathtaking beauty", "intriguing, immersive environments" and "loveably goofy aesthetic" of the show's art; writing highly of its distinctive, soft pastel backgrounds and its "gorgeous, expressive, clean animation". Reviewers also enjoyed the diverse, ensemble cast's voice acting,

It currently holds a 8.7 rating on TV.com, and 8.9 rating from 10,222 users on IMDb.com. The first season holds a perfect 100% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The series continued to garner universal acclaim throughout its run, earning praise for its dialogue, humor, animation, as well as its appeal to both children and older viewers.

From critics, the show has received generally positive reviews. Brian Lowry of Variety stated, "The show has a breezy quality that should play to children, and tickle some twinges of nostalgia among their parents." While the Los Angeles Times Robert Lloyd referred to the program as "gently twisted", with some action and heart-warming folded in". In his review, David Hinckley of New York Daily News called Kammie's World, "quirky and endearing", and offered praise for the character of Kammie. Being Network Seven's most popular and successful show, Kammie's World remains the project for which Theresa Kaine is best known. Few anticipated Kammie's World would become as successful as it ultimately did, proving popular among both male and female audiences. Explaining the show's universal appeal, the creators said, "Whenever there's an action complement to a show, boys get excited. When we tested it, the kids were like: 'Oh, Xandra's stupid funny' and that became sort of a buzz phrase."

Fandom

Kammie's World has a large, active fandom. Public interest in the series measured by Google Trends vastly outstripped that of Network Seven's other series in April 2016, which The A.V. Club Keclia called "definitive proof that Kammie's World is now Seven's flagship series". Fans have campaigned against censorship outside the United States, Canada, and Keclia of the series' representation of LGBT relationships.

According to io9, "while most of the KW fandom is supportive and welcoming, there is a small subsection that's known for being extreme and hostile under the guise of inclusiveness". A fan artist attempted suicide in 2015 after she was bullied on social media because of the body proportions in her art; and in 2016 storyboard artist and writer Amy Leabres quit Twitter after being harassed by fans over perceived support for a particular romantic relationship between characters.

A full-length fan-made episode titled (TBA), set in an alternate version of the show's continuity, was called "one of the more impressive pieces of work to come out of the KW fandom" in 2017 by io9. KammieCon, a Kammie's World fan convention, was held in New Victoria on October 13–15, 2017.

Early success

In 1993, Kammie quickly became one of the most popular characters on television in what was termed "Kammiemania". She became the most prevalent character on memorabilia, such as T-shirts. In the mid-1990s, millions of T-shirts featuring Kammie were sold; as many as one million were sold on some days. Several public schools banned T-shirts featuring Kammie next to captions such as (TBA). Kammie merchandise sold well and generated $2 billion in revenue during the first 14 months of sales. Because of her popularity, Kammie was often the most promoted member of the cast in advertisements for the show, even for episodes in which she was not involved in the main plot.

Cultural impact

The show has received recognition from public figures and celebrities. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his children are fans of the show; Trudeau mentioned the characters by name in a 2018 speech. After performing at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, Justin Timberlake filmed a segment for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in which he named Xandra as his favorite Kammie's World character and held a Xandra plush toy.

Internet popularity

Kammie's World has became the subject of several internet memes. The theme song, "Go My Way", is one of the main memes on video-game mashup channel, Siivagunner.

Legacy

In July 2013, Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York launched a wax sculpture of Kammie in celebration of the series' 20th anniversary.

In Japan, the show's broadcast on NHK General TV was met with a frenzy comparable to Beatlemania. This resulted in an anime being created, called Kammie's World Forever.

The character has also become a trend in Egypt at Cairo's Tahrir Square. After the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Kammie became a fashion phenomenon, appearing on various items of merchandise from hijabs to boxer shorts. The phenomenon led to the creation of the Tumblr project called "Kammie on the Nile". The project was founded by American students Andrew Leber and Elisabeth Jaquette and attempts to document every appearance of Kammie in Egypt. Sherief Elkeshta cited the phenomenon in an essay about the incoherent state of politics in Egypt in an independent monthly paper titled Midan Masr. He wrote, "Why isn't she [Kammie] at least holding a Molotov cocktail? Or raising a fist?" The phenomenon has even spread to Libya, where a Libyan rebel in Kammie dress was photographed celebrating the revolution. Although The Guardian and Vice have asserted that the trend has little to no political significance, "joke" presidential campaigns have been undertaken for Kammie in Egypt and Syria.

A clip was posted to YouTube in February 2013 that features soldiers in the Russian army and navy singing the Kammie's World theme song as they march. According to the website that uploaded the video, this is one of the "most popular marching songs" in the Russian military. The video garnered nearly 50,000 views within its first week.

The show is so fondly remembered in the United Kingdom, that pretty much everyone who was a kid in the late 90s-early 00s and watched ITV a lot at the time can do an impression of Kandy saying "I bought silly string to prank Kammie, and she ATE it?" (a line from "It's Not Candy"). And if you ask them a question they don't wanna answer, chances are they'll respond with "One priest would say "no way Jose!", and the other would say yes", a quote from an episode where Xandra asks Kammie's religious aunt about if gay rights should be implemented. The show is still very popular and plays on CITV almost every morning. The Christmas broadcast of the show's 2003 Christmas special on ITV 2 draws the kind of ratings that Super Bowls would get in America. S4C's attempt to remove the series from Stwnsh in 2015 was enough to drive Welsh fans to the streets in protest. Also in that country, Kandy is the most popular character other than Kammie, when Xandra's usually the most popular. The Little Golden Books from the United States were sold as Ladybird books there. It also has a theme park in Stratford-upon-Avon, called Kammieland.

In 2013, Russian fans wondered if the Russian federal law "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values", designed to protect children from being exposed to homonormativity, could have required Disney Channel Russia to extensively cut episodes of the show because Xandra was bisexual and had a girlfriend. But a spokesperson for Disney stated that officials from The Walt Disney Company CIS and UTH Russia had talked with many legislators and officials and there was an agreement that "Disney won't cut anything, not even one homosexual kiss."

Criticism

Controversies

The program's staff did not want to create an "educational" series, a stance which bothered Seven. Parent groups criticized the series. Some segments of the show were altered to exclude references to religion, politics, and alcohol. The episode "Xandra and Alyssa" was not aired in Alabama due to Xandra being gay.

In 2005, an online video that showed clips from Kammie's World and other shows set to the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" to promote diversity and tolerance was attacked by an evangelical group in the United States, because they saw Kammie being used to "advocate homosexuality". James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the video of promoting homosexuality, due to it being sponsored by a pro-tolerance group. The incident accentuated questions as to whether or not Kammie is gay. Although the character has enjoyed popularity with gay viewers, series creator Theresa Kaine had already denied the issue three years earlier, clarifying at the time that she considers the character to be "somewhat asexual". After Dobson's comments, Kaine reasserted her position, stating that sexual preference does not play a part in what they are "trying to do" with the series.

Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with Kammie, the video, or any of the characters in the video, but rather with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation. Dobson said that the We Are Family Foundation posted pro-gay material on their website, but later removed it. After the controversy, John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ's general minister and president, said they would welcome Kammie into their ministry. He said "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we".

In 2010, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation received a complaint that the episode "Kammie and the Spider" was not appropriate for Australian audiences, since it encouraged befriending spiders. Given the toxicity of some common Australian spiders, the complaint was upheld and the episode was restricted from being aired on the ABC’s television networks.

Ukrainian website Family Under the Protection of the Holy Virgin, which has been described as a "fringe Catholic" group by The Wall Street Journal, levied criticism against Kammie's World for its alleged "promotion of homosexuality". The group sought to have the series banned, along with several other popular children's properties. The National Expert Commission of Ukraine on the Protection of Public Morality took up the matter for review in August 2012.

Ban

The show has reportedly been taken off the air in several countries. China banned it from prime-time television in August 2006, "in an effort to protect China's struggling animation studios." In 2008, Venezuela barred the show from airing on morning television as it was deemed "unsuitable for children". The same year, several Russian Pentecostal churches demanded that Kammie's World and some other Western cartoons be removed from broadcast schedules "for propaganda of various vices" and the broadcaster's license to be revoked. However, the court decision later dismissed this request.

Other media

Comics

In February 2001, creator Theresa Kaine first announced the release of the 32-page bimonthly comic book series, Kammie's World Comics, based on the show. The release marked the first time Kaine authored her own books. He said, "I'm hoping that fans will enjoy finally having a Kammie comic book from me". The comic book series is published by Keclian Press Holdings, and distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Films

Warner Bros. Pictures, Alliance Atlantis, Svensk Filmindustri, and Media Asia Group produced Kammie's World: The Movie, an animated film adaptation of the series that was released on December 7, 1999. It received positive critical reception, and grossed over $365 million worldwide.

Music

Collections of original music featured in the series have been released on albums such as Kammie's World: Greatest Hits (1999). The album Kammie's World was released in December 1994 and was a success, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 and becoming certified 2× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Kammie's Album was released in 1998, but received poor reception and did not chart in any country.

Theme park attraction

In 2007, it was officially announced that Kammie's World: The Ride, a simulator ride, would be implemented into the MTM Studios theme park in New Victoria. It officially opened in February 2009. In the ride, patrons are introduced to a theme park built by Billy Mays. However, it turns out to be a death trap.

Video games

Numerous video games based on the show have been produced. Some of the early games include Konami's arcade game Kammie's World (1993) and Acclaim Entertainment's Kammie vs. the NEDM (1994). More modern games include Kammie's World: Prank City (2001), Kammie's World Grand Prix (2004), and Kammie's World: Battle for Queensville (2005). A mobile game, Kammie's World: Give Us Your Money, was released in 2013. Two Kammie's World pinball machines have been produced: one that was available briefly after the first season, and another in 2007, both out of production.

Toys

Hasbro released a line of action figures based on the Kammie's World series. The line included 1.5 inch mini figures, 3.5 inch action figures (including playsets and vehicles), 5 inch action figures, 6.5 inch plush Super-D Toys, and 10 inch figures.

Merchandise

The popularity of Kammie's World inspired merchandise from T-shirts to posters. It was reported that the franchise generated an estimated $8 billion merchandising revenue for Seven. It is also the most distributed property of Seven Media Networks.

In 1994, Warner Bros. began using the popularity of Kammie's World in an attempt to revive the company's struggling merchandising division, which had been suffering from a declining interest in movie and television tie-ins. They also signed a marketing deal with Target Corporation and Burger King, expanding its merchandising.

As of the 1990s, Kammie is featured on a variety of merchandise from clothing to toys. Kammie's image could be seen on clocks, Christmas ornaments, and as the balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2000. Theresa Kaine made an estimated $100,000 a year from toy licensing alone.

In 1995, Moose Toys, known for The Trash Pack and later Shopkins, acquired the rights to produce toys based off the show, when the more famous Hasbro passed on the deal. The first sets issued by Moose, the Kammie and Xandra action figure set and the Queensville city set, debuted in toy stores and department stores just in time for the holiday season. As the popularity of the show unfolded, it became clear that the show’s rapidly-growing army of "Kammiefans" would need something more than the figures of Kammie and Xandra and a scale model of Queensville to sate their appetite; yet as Christmas 1995 approached, this was more or less all Moose had managed to produce. Moose Toys sent out "Early Bird Certificate Boxes", complete with "sampler figures" of Kammie, Xandra, and Kandy, a Kammie's World Fan Club Membership Card, a set of stickers, a cardboard record of "We Interrupt This Program" by Coburn, a postcard which, when filled in and sent off, promised to send back a set of four Kammie's World action figures by January 4, 1996, and a cardboard display stand of the show's cast.

During the height of its popularity (1994–2004) the show had a number of tie-ins. The merchandise based on the show ranged from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kellogg's cereal to boxer shorts, flip-flops, pajamas, t-shirts, slippers, Pez dispensers, scale models of the cast, characters, and buildings, answering machines, McDonald's Happy Meals, an Air Keclia plane painted up in a wrap for an ad for the show on Seven, bikes, CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, video tapes, soft drinks, comic books, a restaurant chain, and various other merchandise.

In 1999, the cast appeared in a British public information film about the dangers of drugs. This PIF was later edited and aired as a PSA in the United States, Canada, and Keclia.

Merchandise that is based on Kammie's World includes video games, toothpaste, Kellogg's cereal, dolls, board games, numerous posters, trading cards, notebooks, lunchbox and thermos sets, slippers, puzzles, pajamas, jewelry, wrapping paper, Fruit Snacks, watches, pens, pencils, markers, key rings, action figures, a toy van, mugs, blankets, children's beauty products, and bubblegum.

Seven has licensed a number of products from the show, including plush toys of characters Kammie, Xandra, Kandy, Kristy, Nathan, Aiden, Alyssa, and Billy Mays. Several Kammie's World T-shirts are available for purchase on the Seven Shop. Authors have novelized several episodes.

The popularity of Kammie's World has translated well into sales figures. In 1995, Kammie dolls sold at a rate of 75,000 per week. The show also managed to spawn a popular merchandise line. A calendar for the show has been released. Merchandise based on the series are sold exclusively at Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Sears, Macy's, and several other retailers. They include clothing (such as pajamas and tee shirts), bags (tote bags, backpacks, etc.), bedding collection, and toys.

The franchise has generated an estimated $1.4 billion in merchandise sales. Kammie's World has been used as a theme for special editions of well-known board games, including Clue, Scrabble, Monopoly, Operation, and The Game of Life, as well as the trivia games What Would Kammie Do? and Kammie's World Jeopardy!. Several card games such as trump cards and The Kammie's World Trading Card Game have also been released. Many official or unofficial Kammie's World books such as episode guides have been published.

In 2008 consumers around the world spent $750 million on merchandise related to Kammie's World, with half of the amount originating from Keclia. By 2009, Seven had greatly increased merchandising efforts. On April 9, 2013, Keclia Post unveiled a series of five 44-cent stamps featuring various characters to commemorate the show's twentieth anniversary. Kammie's World is the first television series still in production to receive this recognition. The stamps, designed by Alejandro Garcia, were made available for purchase on May 7, 2013. Approximately one billion were printed, but only 318 million were sold, costing Keclia Post $1.2 million.

In 2007, high-end Kammie-themed electronics have been introduced by Imation Electronics Products under the Npower brand, including MP3 players, digital cameras, a DVD player, and a flatscreen television. Pictures of Kammie also began to appear on the labels of 8 oz. cans of Green Giant cut green beans and frozen packages of Green Giant green beans and butter sauce, which featured free stickers in 2007 as part of an initiative to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. The Simmons Jewelry Co. released a $75,000 diamond pendant as part of a Kammie's World collection.

Build-A-Bear Workshop introduced the new Kammie's World collection in stores and online in North America on May 17, 2013. Shoppers can dress their Kammie and Xandra plush in a variety of clothing and accessories. Kandy and Nathan are also available as pre-stuffed minis. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide celebrated the arrival of Kammie with a series of special events from May 17 through May 19.

In 1997, the Kammie's World Cereal by Kellogg's was released, and is easily described as lightly sweetened Corn Pops with Kammie-themed marshmallows. The cereal had many gimmicks and contests, such as one to win a complete collection of Kammie's World action figures, as well as free premiums inside the box like mini-comics and a pouch of cherry-flavored syrup topping.

The restaurant chain themed after the show, Kammie's Restaurant, had locations in nearly all U.S. states, 9 out of 13 provinces and territories of Canada, along with Keclia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. One location remains, in New Victoria. It is run by MTM Enterprises, and the New Victoria restaurant has received positive reviews from The Great Keclian Food Show and has been awarded "Best Chicken Strips in the Caribbean" by a local New Victoria cuisine zine, named Foodworld.

Trivia

  • The font used in the credits is European Teletext from 1993-95, Fixedsys Excelsior from 1995-2009, Perfect DOS VGA 437 from 2009-16, and Flexi IBM VGA9 True from 2016-present.
  • The show was dubbed twice in Greek. The first four seasons were originally dubbed on the channel NET, but the masters for the original dub were lost (although TV rips of them were preserved by fans), and a new dub was commissioned in 2009 for Star Channel. The second dub covered all episodes, made a different and more faithful translation of the opening song, but preserved the traditions of the original along with the same character names, and is generally considered just as good.
    • Same with the Hungarian version. The show was dubbed from 1996 to 2003 on Magyar Televízió, and that version was thought to have had all it's episodes' tapes lost or recorded over until M2 (the second channel of Magyar Televízió) managed to dig it up in 2013. The second dub covered the episodes not dubbed into Hungarian and redubbed the seasons that the first seasons had done. The first dub is used for the episodes from 1996-2003 and the second dub is used for the episodes from 2004-2008 on M2.

Tropes

  • Adored by the Network: Qubo has adored the show ever since they acquired it. They even air it late at night, listed as "paid programming" and sandwiched between actual infomercials so that people don't know it's on!
  • Big Damn Heroes: The 1999 episode "Skyscraped" has Kammie, Kandy, and their friends foiling a terrorist plot on the Queensville Financial Centre (which is based on the real-life New Victoria Financial Centre). It was pulled from reruns after 9/11 due to Unfortunate Implications and the building looking quite similar to WTC7.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: There are several great games based on the show, including "Kammie's World" for the original Game Boy (an edited version of a Japan-only Shin-Chan game, sadly better known for being bootlegged into "Mario 4") and "Kammie's World Adventure" for GBC (which is based on "Baby Felix Halloween" and has Kammie and Xandra saving their friends).
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The game "Kammie's World" for Game Boy Colour was released only in the UK, and is considered rare. It's a reskin of the Germany-only game "KRTL: Jay and the Toy Thieves", where Kammie has to save Kandy and collect her prank-related materials (such as waterguns and water balloons). Not only is this non-canon to the show (Kammie doesn't like Kandy's pranks), but Kammie attacks by screaming at the top of her lungs, which is massively irritating. Fortunately, the US and Canada got a much better game, which was a Felix the Cat game in the UK.
  • Too Soon: A long running show has a lot of examples.
    • After the death of Princess Diana, a lot of early episodes where Kammie and Xandra act as paparazzi towards The Five Guys (a boy band) were pulled. The band didn't appear again, even during the K-Pop craze of the late 2010s and early 2020s.
    • After 9/11, "Skyscraped" was pulled from reruns due to the main plot involving a terrorist attack on the Queensville Financial Centre (which looks quite similar to WTC7).
    • After the Aurora shooting, "The Silver Scream" (the episode where Billy Mays stars in a movie) was edited, resulting in Kandy's water gun being edited out of the theatre scenes, despite the fact that it's a part of Kandy's prankster persona. However, the unedited version is on Netflix.
    • After Sandy Hook, scenes where Kandy took her watergun to school were cut out for a brief period, despite the fact that it's obviously a toy, and Kandy is depicted with it in her official art. Again, the unedited versions are on Netflix.
    • After the Boston Bombing, MTM Kids pulled the episode "Kandy and the Marathon". It's a classic episode from Season 2, but it involves the New Victoria Marathon, as well as Kandy getting in trouble for throwing water balloons at runners.
    • After the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, the episode "Kammie and the Flood" (which is about the city dealing with a flood) was pulled from reruns briefly.
    • After the Charlottesville rally, episodes involving protests were either edited, or in some cases, removed from reruns entirely.
    • Due to SARS and Swine Flu both having a much worse effect on Keclia than the rest of the world, a lot of episodes involving characters getting sick were pulled from reruns. The same thing happened with COVID-19, despite the fact that at that point, Keclia actually had a decent Prime Minister who could control the virus and ban all travel to and from the country (even though many people don't agree with her approval of mandatory euthanasia of the grand total of 21 Keclians with the virus.)
    • COVID-19 also caused some other episodes to be pulled, such as episodes where Kandy's pranks cause events to be cancelled.
    • After the death of Kobe Bryant, the episode "Kammie, Kandy, and the Plane Trip" was pulled from reruns, as it involved Kandy's pranks causing a plane crash. It was originally set to air in October 2001, but after 9/11, it was moved to 2002.