An old Kingdom Hearts animated TV pilot from the early 2000s has resurfaced, detailing the script, cast and plot for the canceled series.
Despite the success of the Kingdom Hearts game series, the franchise has yet to make the jump to TV or film. However, an animated series – which was first developed in 2003 – was originally going to be released after the first game was developed.
Renowned animator Seth Kearsley was originally going to lead production for the Kingdom Hearts TV series. Kearsley is a successful animator best known for his work with the Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, and Phineas and Ferb franchises.
In a series of tweets, Kearsley revealed some of the unearthed scripts, information and tapes he has from the Kingdom Hearts TV series. The first image featured a VHS copy of the Kingdom Hearts pilot episode, with Kearsley captioning the post, “who knows an easy way to import VHS to digital?”
The script for the canceled show revealed by Kearsley dates back to 2003 nearly a decade ago. It contains references to Destiny Island and appears to take place well before any of the characters knew what a Keyblade was, an indication that the show was likely to be the same. story and follow the same events of the game.
The script image also featured a section at the top that referred to the length as 11 minutes long. However, it’s unclear if this means the episodes were planned for that long or if that was just the amount of time that particular script would take.
Kearsley also added an image for the planned cast for the animated series, with many of the names on the list, including the voice actors taking the roles in the video game franchise. People like Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Freeman and many others are associated with the project.
Kingdom Hearts is one of the most successful franchises of the past 20 years. Since the first game released in 2002, the franchise has spawned multiple games and spin-offs. It combines an original set of characters and stories with some of Disney’s most famous and beloved characters. People like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Daffy Duck are all longstanding figures of the franchise.
Now that the VHS of the pilot episode has been found, fans are calling for the episode to be made public.