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Sailor, Sailor Moon!

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Ah, the infamous "Saban Moon," crushing the hopes and dreams of fans everywhere.

For those that don't know, Toon Makers produced a Sailor Moon pilot for an American audience back in 1994. It was a live-action/CG/hand-drawn animation hybrid that does little to resemble the original anime that was eventually dubbed into English by DiC. It sort of feels like a cross between Power Rangers, She-ra, and . . . Princess Gwenevere, maybe? The actual pilot never aired of course, but a presentation reel has long been available via youtube. [link]

The reason this pops into my head now is because a lot of production cels have recently turned up on eBay. I'm ashamed to admit that I sort of want one. ;p

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Nostalgialover808's avatar
I bet the writers back in Japan were like, "No way, Jose!" 
Serinji's avatar
Oh God, I remember seeing the video for that, classic! xD
Balron's avatar
I got a facebook notice from someone in my local anime club.  XD  I will give some props to the show for being inclusive, having a disabled person, a person of color, and a japanese woman.  Also that the disabled red head had a sailboat chair with a laser on the top of it. xD  And they actually had a ship and fought space aliens.  Who knows where this show would have gone? And why fight in 2-D?  I'm sure the networks could have made hardcore battle scenes being that was the time around the start of Hurcules and Xena warrior princess shows.  Would it have been as exciting?
XDD
Shadowgirlfan's avatar
lol, I kind of like this She-Ra/Sailor Moon Mix :XD:
Neville6000's avatar
'Stupid, Stupid Moon!'

Who the frak ever came up with this concept in the USA needed to be sentenced to endure Queen Beryl torturing them. All the same, this is great artwork.
XNekoXMika's avatar

Toon Maker was trying to pitch this idea to DiC who turned it down right away due to it's bad plot. They thought it would've been a lot cheaper if they dubbed Sailor Moon in America. Despite the bad dubbing and cutting episodes, DiC made the right call.


Think about how bad it would've been if Saban got involved Toon Maker's Americanized Sailor Moon. No doubt, I don't mind a mix of races being sailor guardians. However, the bad theme song and terrible writing would make up for it.

LarioLario54321's avatar
I LOVE IT; I LOVE SHE-RA MOON(MY NICKNAME FOR HER, DUE TO HER STRONG RESEMBLANCE TO SHE-RA)
SwordTiger8888's avatar
luckily it never became this.
Dark-Anmut's avatar
Lol, that would've been pretty awkward, but...quite 90's, actually... ^^;
Diaperpuff's avatar
Where did this clear GIF of Igasu come from?
Xemjas's avatar
I honestly would have been interested to see how they pulled it off once I noticed through my horror that one of them was in a wheel-chair. They beat Extreme Ghostbusters to the punch with a handi-capable hero........and now my brain has shipped them. Internet make that a thing!
ArtificialCabbage's avatar
I actually like this style, but the show probably would've been worse than the DiC dub
FlyingPrincess's avatar
Thank god it never aired. It wouldn't be popular. But this is a good picture.
XNekoXMika's avatar

I agree.


Toon Maker was trying to pitch the idea to Saban to make their own Sailor Moon after failing to get DiC's involvement. DiC thought the concept was stupid and didn't want anything to do with it. They thought it would be a lot cheaper if they dubbed Sailor Moon for an American audience. Despite the bad dubbing and cutting episodes, DiC made the right call.

FlyingPrincess's avatar
Absolutely. If they didn’t people probably wouldn’t know that there was a much better version of Sailor Moon out there.
XNekoXMika's avatar

Think about how bad the show would've been if Saban got involved with Toon Maker's Americanized Sailor Moon. No doubt, I don't mind a mix of races being sailor guardians. However, the bad theme song and terrible writing would make up for it.

XxNightstripexX's avatar
I actually kinda like the design. I love Sailor Moon, and I actually wouldn't really mind if DIC made their own adaptation of it, just as long as it's close to the original.
S-K-Khan's avatar
I doubt they would have. If anything I wish someone would redub the original uncut episodes.
CosmicFalcon-70's avatar
I actually really liked this look & outfit for Sailor Moon. Neat animation too :thumbsup:
Wordgirlserenity67's avatar
DiC sailor moon's better! Nice work though
DeadDancers's avatar
I will always have a fond spot in my heart for Sailor Barbie. :D As well as gratitude that it wasn't chosen over dubbing the original.
XNekoXMika's avatar

Think how worse it would've been if Saban gotten involved in Toon Maker's Sailor Moon

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