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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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flametheskull Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds like Maleficent was the one possessing Riku and not Ansem.
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ohimark27 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Ahh what could have been...
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LRW0077 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its a huge sham this didn't happened because it would have helped KH to retch out to more people outside of the gaming community and from the looks of it this show would have been true to the games but be its own thing.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Just a sign of the times that the game was a much bigger cash cow for them than a series would have been and they were more interested in preserving the relationship with the Director doing the games.
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LRW0077 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Still one can dream.
And boy oh boy are these drawings AMAZING!!! I love how Sora Riku and kairi are mix between anime and cartoons...........anitoons if you will.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
hahaha...thanks...I was going for American Anime.  Although, I would have made the models closer to the original models of the game for production.  This is just how it came out of my hand.  
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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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Digi-Ink-by-Marquis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's to hope!!!
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