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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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alannacrystal Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting these great storyboards. It is really interesting to see how the TV series would have looked for Kingdom Hearts. I truly hope there will be another chance for a Kingdom Hearts animated series in future.
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CinusTheHuskyWolf02 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I.NEED.Kingdom.Hearts.ANIMATED.SERIESS!!!!
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Keytee-chan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, it's sad they didn't make the KH Animated series... That would be the top!
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Ironytoaster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I REALLY want this.
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ratchetsly2324 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2016  Student Filmographer
Who doesn't?
If Disney would just do it, it would be succesful!!!!
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Ironytoaster Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes.
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CatVan92 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, did this man ask you about the pilot?

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDPaoM…
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Filmographer
yup.  Caused quite a stir on Twitter last week because I actually found a VHS tape of the pilot.
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:iconcatvan92:
CatVan92 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some people are just too obsessed with finding lost media... besides
I don't have any knowledge of KH besides the Disney Characters.
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BerryNiceCherry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey ya.
A person could buy that pilot?

I don't have money but it's the same.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Two big companies own it and it's full of their characters, so I don't see anyone being able to buy it.
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BerryNiceCherry Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see...
And it legal to give it free?
'Cause you know,I have no money.
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panther-star Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Student General Artist
I wish this would happen. Too bad it didn't come out.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Filmographer
:) (Smile) 
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JackMUGENArt20 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Artist
I Using My Pen To Make My New Animated Series It's Called "Jack-Man" Look Like "The New Adventures Of Batman 1977 & 1997" So I Will Make Pilot Form You.
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JackMUGENArt20 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Artist
The Film From Based On TV Show Is Like: Sonic SatAM, The Batman, And Film Based On Video Games Was Called "Scott Vs The World"
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Psychic-Monkey009 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually have heard about this on the Pizza Party Podcast on the topic of lost media. This is pretty fascinating.
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DREWW0TM8 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I would love to see it! My hype would be multiplied by nine octillion if we get to see my boy Cloud Strife. (And more if we also get to see Sephiroth as well.).
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NathanTheMoldy Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Funny, there was a debate in a thread to whether or not this will be made by Disney, or an anime company. I concluded by what you said. Also, would there be worlds prior to the worlds that are already established in the games? Or will there be Disney worlds that would make it, but it's kind of risky? Like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit world, but can't due to copyright laws with Disney and Amblin?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Filmographer
You could now have Marvel and Star Wars with Kingdom Hearts.
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FunsterTimister Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
*If it was for you I mean. You seem to have good dark ideas that I may know.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.  Who knows...they might still do something.
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FunsterTimister Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I bet they will. And so can you! Do you take requests, commissions or art trades at the moment?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Filmographer
At the moment, I don't even have enough time to work on my own stuff.  Sorry.
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FunsterTimister Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It's ok! Keep working on what you are doing! ;)
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FunsterTimister Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's amazing!! By now, if you were still working on the Kingdom Hearts Tv show, it would be possibly airing on Disney XD on its Xehanort Saga. I'm not sure if it still can be acceptable now but Disney XD is losing good shows sadly and Kingdom Hearts possibly would've saved the network (possibly company) if it wasn't for you!
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gordhanx Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
OH MY GOD, THESE ARE EPIC! I would've loved, to see this turned into a series. Or at least a pilot.
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Theres sad irony in these experimental things that look like they might've clearly worked for KH (including Fragmented Keys) being shut down...

I'm curious, if it were to be made, what would it have been like, traditional animation, anime-esqe?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
It would have been traditional animation....I mean...anime is a style of traditional animation.  So the characters that looked more anime would have been animated more anime and the characters that look more american style would have been animated more american style.  At the time this came out, I was talking a lot about american anime as something I wanted to do and this worked perfectly for that idea.
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! I'm just imagining Nightmare Before Christmas traditionally animated!

aside from this, what have/are you worked/working on?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I've worked on one or two things you might know.

www.imdb.com/name/nm0444054/

Most recently, I've been working on The Secret Life of Pets.
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
that's GRAND!...except mayhaps 8 crazy nights...but still that's an awesomely great set of things you helped with!
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Shnobbs Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Will our human eyes ever see the Kingdom Hearts pilot?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Filmographer
My lawyer says no....unless Disney makes it....but I'm not posting it anywhere.
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
darn it! I Wish we can see it one day Seth. I bet [and looking at your other stuff] it would of been epic! maybe the could make a trilogy tv anime films,get you to do them and they lead into a tv series. Would of been perfect! Still, maybe you could do threads of Fate/Dewprism.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional Filmographer
My sister sent me copies of the animatic...now I just need to find a working VCR somewhere to see if there's anything on the tapes worth seeing.
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student General Artist
hmmm, is radioshack still around? or good will. I Don't know where to find a VCR, but that's nice that your sister found copies.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I have one in storage somewhere.  Just a matter of digging it out and seeing if it works.
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student General Artist
well that's good to know. you could also transfer it to DVD.
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Shnobbs Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I see, just curious.
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I always believed there should have been an animated series.  I actually heard rumors of this possibility all the way back then.  It looks like those rumors really were real after all.  This looks awesome, and I think you would have done pretty well.

Considering some of the stuff that has been created over the past decade that have had pretty dark moments, even in 'kid shows,' that have been produced by various studios, do you think it is possible this project could ever be revived?

Out of curiosity, how many episodes do you think would have been necessary to adapt the first game?
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional Filmographer
To be honest, it's been so long, I couldn't give you a number off the top of my head.  1-3 episode per world.  From a production standpoint, most of the worlds in that first game already had animated series set there, Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, Etc., so a lot of the production art could have been used from the libraries of those shows.  The overall production costs would have been much lower than a show that used all new content.  

I used this to my advantage in the pilot by digging through the Disney Archives and pulling actual backgrounds from Aladdin to be used in the story we were doing.
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princessofDisney27 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
OMG I remember seeing this in KH insider website! I love Kingdom hearts! this would have been awesome to have a tv series of the game XD all of the styles in this is perfect! :D I would have loved watching a TV series of the game lol XD 
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
maybe someday.
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princessofDisney27 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Yeah or even a movie too! :D
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mikotoh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that riku n sora hug is rly cute tho..........
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks...Woulda been cool.  The animatic had music from Gladiator, both for the intense parts, and the sorrowful end where Riku is pulled back through a portal by a giant heartless hand controlled by Maleficent.  Trying to establish, in 7 minutes, that Sora's quest was to save his two best friends, while constantly having to battle one of them.  Pretty good stuff.  All inspired by a week where I played the first game from start to finish.

Thinking I should put more of this stuff up since everyone has responded to it so well.  This is probably the most liked and commented on of all of my stuff on DA.
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Silver-Solace Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be awesome if you put more stuff up from this. As much as possible lol. Everyone responded well to this probably because so many people wish this would come true.
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
It's all in a box in my storage somewhere.  I stumbled across it by accident when I put this up initially.  When I put the color board up, it's because I stumbled across that when looking through an old hard drive.
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Silver-Solace Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I see. Lol that's usually how it happens. Things will pop up when you're looking for something else. Well, I hope you find that box so we can possibly see more of your KH project :) I know lots of people would enjoy it, especially since we're all starving for Kingdom Hearts 3 news and he haven't gotten any for months and probably won't for a long while.
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