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Kingdom Hearts Pilot Board by SethKearsley Kingdom Hearts Pilot Board by SethKearsley
These are select panels from THE COOLEST project I ever had the pleasure of working on, which never saw the light of day.

This goes back to about 2002.  Only the first game had come out at this point.  I was hired by Disney TV animation to develop and direct an animatic for a possible Kingdom Hearts animated series.  I played the first game from beginning to end and was so excited to get this opportunity.  This would have been the perfect thing for me, especially because of my action/comedy background with Mummies.  It was dark.  It combined anime and classic disney characters.  Are you kidding me?  This was awesome.  I also had control of the script on this so it was INCREDIBLY DARK...but then so is the game.  The darkest moment in the pilot was when Maleficent possessed Riku after he snatched the lamp.  That's the very last panel here.

You'll notice a series lack of backgrounds in these boards.  There was a pretty good reason for that.  As part of the project, I was able to go to the Disney Animation Archives.  The episode took place on Agrabah, so I pulled actual production BGs from Aladdin and boarded with it in mind that I would use this backgrounds.  

This is one of those projects I really wish I could go back and have another crack at.  Especially with the technology now.  Looking back at these drawings, I can't believe how small some of them are.  I also can't believe I inked them and did marker tones on all of them.  I must have been temporarily insane.

At any rate, the pilot animatic tested exceptionally well but it was decided there wouldn't be an animated series because they planned on making many more games.  WHO KNOWS...there could be a Kingdom Hearts animated series at some point.  
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julayla Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Ugh, this would have been so awesome! Why can't fandom have nice things?!
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Spoon300 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
Contact John Vignocchi about it and show him this series called Bokurano. He'll love it!
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PikaRiyad Featured By Owner 6 days ago
The nose of Sora is ... wieird
But I still love it ! We want a KH Anime ! :'D
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Yeah...that's because I need to work on my anime drawing.  I mostly draw western or my own style.
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PikaRiyad Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Ok ^^
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RM-Keyblade-Mistress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still want to know if Disney Channel is going to do this. Because I saw a trailer of it on youtube and the release date is in two days.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Filmographer
That was probably for the game.  As far as I know there are no plans for a series.
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RM-Keyblade-Mistress Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a plan for a good Kingdom Hearts tv series that you might try. It'll be a spin-off of the game based AFTER the Third Kingdom hearts game (Kingdom Hearts 3). You can have new keyblade masters (a new generation) and you can make a new world for them to live at before they start on their adventure. You can design your own keyblade designs for the new characters, or you can use one of the keyblades that's been used in the game.

How's that for a good idea?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Sounds good!  Since Kingdom Hearts, and some other similar projects which would have been awesome but failed to gain traction with the studio, I've been trying to focus my energy on my own projects because at least at the end of the day I can control what does or doesn't happen with those characters.  Although, I'm currently working on a reboot of three kindergarten superhero girls you may have heard of before.
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RM-Keyblade-Mistress Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The Powerpuff Girls!? You're doing a reboot of the Powerpuff Girls?
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