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The Kingdom Hearts TV Pilot Resurfaced Two Decades Later

The Kingdom Hearts TV Pilot Resurfaced Two Decades Later

Kingdom Hearts fans, rejoice! An old Kingdom Hearts TV pilot from the early 2000s has resurged online, including a script, cast, and plot for the canceled series.

While we eagerly await the fourth numerical title in the game series; we can now sit back, relax, and indulge in the resurfaced Kingdom Hearts TV pilot. The very one that the franchise had been hiding away from us all this time!

Image Source: Kingdom Hearts II / Square Enix

The Success of Kingdom Hearts

The early 2000s brought a great receptive audience to the game – and despite the success that Kingdom Hearts had as a gaming series and the multiple spin-off book series, the franchise still has yet to see TV or film. Originally released in 2002, the game became wildly popular with cameos from the Final Fantasy games and some of our favorite Disney movies. But the TV pilot was abandoned when Disney and Square Enix decided to cancel the in-development anime.

The anime was set to air in 2003, but Disney thought it was too dark for fans. Animator Seth Kearsely – known for his work on Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, and Phineas and Ferb – was supposed to lead production, and now he’s leading us through the project we never got to see! He’s been revealing the never-before-seen scripts, info he had on the project, and even some original tapes from the Kingdom Hearts TV series.

The Lost Tapes

Seth made note to let fans know that these tapes from the canceled pilot have been dated back to nearly two decades ago: 2003. The original script references Destiny Island and happens to take place well before any of the characters we’ve grown to love were aware of what a Keyblade was, or the power that they held.

Kearsley also tweeted a list of the planned cast for the animated series, which happens to be very similar to the cast of voice actors for the video game franchise. David Gallagher, Susanne Blakeslee, Frank Welker, Hayden Panettiere, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, and Jonathan Freeman were on the game voice cast!

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Seth is getting ready to release the Kingdom Hearts TV pilot in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for that! Kingdom Hearts celebrated its 20th anniversary just a few months ago, so now’s the perfect time to start playing – they’re available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and you can also download the Cloud versions on the Nintendo Switch.

We know we just can’t get enough of Kingdom Hearts, but what about you guys? Are you excited to see what the franchise has been hiding in the vault for nearly two decades? Tell us in the comments, tweet us @TheHoneyPop, or drop a comment on our Instagram and Facebook. And for more gaming content, click here.


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