Did you know that a TV series called Kingdom Hearts was in production back then? Well, it was, and the original director revealed the pilot earlier this week.
The Kingdom Hearts TV series was an American concept for the original game, but it never got off the ground. Although bits and pieces of the show have been online over the years, like storyboards and several pieces of art, a full pilot has been the holy grail that fans have been following for years. It honestly isn''t the worst thing in the world.
Jiminy Cricket, who plays Sora in the original game, tells the animatic as he keeps a diary of the games canonically. It''s certainly rough around the edges, as it''s rather than fully animated.
Aside from scheduling disagreements, almost all of the cast has been confirmed, with Haley Joel Osment as Sora, apparently missing. This is one of the rare instances when he hasn''t actually expressed the character.
Kingdom Hearts may sometimes struggle to enlist the character of Donald and Goofy, moreso having a unique look at them, but the pilot is considerably more common in other appearances.
The pilot is quite condensed, revealing just about what you need to know, with the majority of it being built on Agrabah from Aladdin.
In a separate video, Kearsley explained that he decided to share the pilot due to a serious car accident he experienced in January of this year that nearly took his life, so he wanted to share with his fellow pilots work that he hadn''t previously planned to "put out in the world."
As he explained, Kearsley has since removed his upload, and someone at Disney "was politely asked to politely ask me to take it down. Even though he has reuploaded it, you still have time to check it out.
It''s an interesting look into a different world, one that would have featured a very early Disney show on Kingdom Hearts. Whether that''s a better world or not, we''ll never know.