Kingdom Hearts. Our favorite simple, clean, ordinary franchise. While it has long blossomed into a sprawling series of light, darkness, friendship, and keyblades, back in the early ’00s it was a quaint single game with a (comparatively) straightforward plot. And, as you might expect from a Disney property around that time period, the company was looking for ways to adapt it — including, it turns out, a pitch for an animated series. 

 

 

Enter Seth Kearsley. A veteran animator (he directed Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, several Looney Tunes Show eps, and much, much more), he was going to head a Kingdom Hearts animated series adaptation back in 2003. He’s been going through old files and finding a treasure trove of content: old scripts, boards, and other production notes.

 

 

 

 

Kearsley has expressed fondness and thanks to KH fans for taking notice and buying some of the storyboard art (which helped him out of a financial jam). It’s a heartwarming footnote to some really fascinating stuff, and we’re excited to see the animated pilot pop up sometime soon. We’ll be sure to let you know when it happens!

 

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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.