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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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Steamland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
what?! ...WHAT?! THIS WAS  AREAL THING?! [okay ALMOST A Real thing] but there is an actual 7min animation pilot you made? can we by any chance see it one of these days?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I don't even know if I still have a copy on a hard drive somewhere.  Not to mention that there are confidentiality contracts signed about this sort of thing.
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Steamland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
oh yeah there is those pesky red tape  CC's. darn it XD it would of been fun to  see the show. I would of LOVE to see the reused backgrounds for each world and this sounds like it could of been a sorta proto-MCU style anime. [which now disney would probably want to take] 
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DeebzNutz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's to hope!!!
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PaintTheRosesRed14 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
I wish it went through
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julayla Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Ugh, this would have been so awesome! Why can't fandom have nice things?!
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Spoon300 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  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 Jul 18, 2014
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 Jul 20, 2014  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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Steamland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
its a nice complermentary style I Think/ Maleicent looks kinda like ms. Frizzle. :3 
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