Nearly 20 years ago, Disney produced a prototype for the animated series Kingdom Hearts, but the project has never been seen before. That may change in the near future, as Executive Producer Seth Kersley discusses the possibility of releasing the unfinished animation online. Kearsley was in a near-fatal car accident earlier this year, and says Kingdom Hearts “is one of those projects I would have been shocked to have if no one had seen it.” Kearsley will release a video of the pilot next week, after which he says “we’ll see about the pilot being shot down the next week.”
A tweet from Kearsley about the potential release can be found embedded below.
The page just exploded today. There are 700 more of you today than yesterday. Working on a video about #hearts of the kingdom pilot for next week, and then we’ll see if the pilot gets shot down the following week. If you are new here, I have a shop. https://t.co/Gkjl64CK84
– SethKearsley September 29, 2022
Kiersley clearly has a huge passion for this Kingdom Hearts project! Kearsley has yet to get the pilot digitally from the VHS he owns, which is why it won’t be released for at least two weeks. It also remains to be seen if there are some legal hurdles preventing this from happening, including some musical cues. The Kingdom Hearts series is in a very different place today than it was in 2003, so it will be interesting to see what elements go along with the first game, and how the narrative can deviate from the source material.
Interestingly enough, Kearsley also shared the roster of cast for the pilot, which does not include Haley Joel Osment. It seems that Sora’s voice actor has not re-prized his role due to a scheduling conflict. However, the pilot featured several other voice actors who managed to make a comeback. The following actors were cast in the pilot:
- Bobby Edner-Sora
- David Gallagher-Rico
- Hayden Panettiere- Kerry
- Tony Anselmo – Donald Duck
- Bill Farmer – Jovi
- Susan Blaxley – mischievous
- Jonathan Freeman – Jafar
- Frank Welker – Cave of Wonders
If Kearsley manages to release this beta after all these years, it will surely delight many Kingdom Hearts fans! For now, we all have to wait and see.
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