Did you know that a TV series called Kingdom Hearts was back in the day? Well, it was, and the original director shared the pilot earlier this week.
The Kingdom Hearts TV series was an American-inspired approach to the original game, but it never got off the ground. While bits and pieces of the show have appeared online over the years, like storyboards and various pieces of art, a full pilot has been the holy grail that fans have ever been following for years. Now, director of the project Seth Kearsley has shared the entire animatic pilot online, and it honestly isn''t the worst thing in the world.
Jiminy Cricket, who plays the Sora in the original game, makes the animatic sound interesting considering he keeps a journal of the games canonically. It''s definitely rough around the edges, as it''s rather than completely animated.
Most of the voice cast has been restored, with Haley Joel Osment, the only one missing as Sora, apparently because of scheduling difficulties, making this one of the rare occasions he hasn''t actually voiced the character.
Kingdom Hearts can sometimes struggle to capture the traits of characters like Donald and Goofy, moreso having its own grasp on them, but the pilot is much more like they are in other roles.
The pilot is also quite condensed, revealing just about what you need to know, with the majority of it being set on Agrabah from Aladdin.
In a separate video, Kearsley explained that he decided to share the pilot because to a serious car accident he experienced in January of this year that almost took his life, so he wanted to share his work with the world he hadn''t previously done.
Unfortunately, Kearsley has since taken down his upload, as a result of that being asked to politely ask me to take it down. Although evident, another person has taken it down, so you still have time to read it.
Overall it''s a fantastic look at an alternate world, one that would have featured a very early Disney show, Kingdom Hearts. Whether that''s a better world or not, we''ll never know.