Did you know that a TV series called Kingdom Hearts was in development back then? Well, it was, and the original director shared the pilot earlier this week.
The Kingdom Hearts TV series was a modern American based game, but it never got off the ground. Although bits and pieces of the show have been online over the years, like storyboards and various pieces of art, a full pilot has been the ultimate satisfaction that fans have been chasing for years. Now, director of the project Seth Kearsley has shared the whole animatic pilot online, and it certainly isn''t the worst thing in the world.
Jiminy Cricket, who plays Sora in the original game, talks about the animatic, which he uses to keep a journal of games canonically. It''s certainly rough around the edges, as it''s rather an animatic than fully animated.
Pretty much everything from the voice cast has been restored, with Haley Joel Osment also missing, apparently due to scheduling issues, making this one of the rare occasions he hasn''t actually acted.
Kingdom Hearts can sometimes struggle to identify the characteristics of certain characters, such as Donald and Goofy, with their own take on them, but the pilot is significantly more apparent in other roles.
The pilot is also very 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 in January of this year that nearly killed him, so he wanted to share something he hadn''t previously planned to "put out in the world."
Unfortunately, Kearsley has taken down his upload, as a result of a "hysteria asked me to politely ask me to take it down." Although he explained, someone else has reuploaded it, indicating that you still have time to check it out.
Overall it''s an interesting look into an alternate world, one that would have featured a very early Disney show take on Kingdom Hearts. Whether that''s a better world or not, we''ll never know.