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Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Future of Kingdom Hearts: Worlds We'd Love to See!

As the Kingdom Hearts series progresses inevitably closer to the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III, I thought I'd take a look at some worlds in the Disney Canon that haven't yet been seen, and ponder the possibilities.

The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book is a fantastic Disney film that has yet to see the light of day within the KH series. We have not yet seen any characters or references, yet a Jungle Book world was on the verge of becoming a reality in Birth By Sleep - remnants of the world can be found in the game's source code, but, unfortunately, never made it into the final product. Although, this further strengthens the possibility of seeing Baloo and Mowgli in their own world in the future.

Toy Story (1995)
A Pixar world. Various Square staff have expressed their desire to see Pixar in Kingdom Hearts. Toy Story was the first Pixar world, and has had two successful sequels - possibly being the most famous and loved of all the Pixar films. It is interesting to note that models of Buzz and Woody were supposed to be included in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, as summons, and their models and can be found in the game's code. But, alas, they have not yet aided Sora in his journey. Perhaps, if not a world, summons would suffice. That would be awesome.



Finding Nemo (2003)
This is personally one of my favourite Pixar films. The world would possibly work in a similar fashion to Atlantica in the first game - or even as a mini-game world such as Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts II, but with less musical mini-games and more 100 Acre Wood-style games. Completing the games would allow Marlin and Dory to progress on their journey to find Nemo, while each mini-game would be unlocked as the main game's plot progressed - similar to Atlantica in KHII.

Wreck-It-Ralph (2012)
I admit...I haven't yet seen this film. Which is a shame. It looks fantastic, and could perhaps work in a similar manner to Space Paranoids - getting zapped into the computer. Perhaps even using the same technology in Radiant Garden. Ralph as a party member? Yes.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2002)
While this film didn't achieve a great commercial reception, it was still, in my opinion, a good film. It had a fantastic style - a style which, I think, would translate brilliantly into the Kingdom Hearts universe. Altantica-styled Keyblade? Yes, please.

Tangled (2010)
This was a brilliant film. It was great. If you haven't seen it yet, go and see it. The characters, the world, the bright pastoral colours, would all fit snugly in Kingdom Hearts. Also, one of Zachary Levi's reasons for voicing Flynn was so that he could be in Kingdom Hearts one day. Mandy Moore, who voices Rapunzel, has already made an appearance in Kingdom Hearts - as Aerith in the first game. Hopefully, with enthusiasm from the cast, a Tangled world may make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts III.

So, what did you think? Agree with any of my thoughts? Disagree with any? Any worlds you think absolutely HAVE to be in KH3?

I will post a Part 2 to this article in the future with another 6 worlds! Stay tuned!
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