Editor’s Notice: This text was initially revealed on January 9, 2017, however with the discharge of Kingdom Hearts III this yr, we felt it wouldn’t harm to share it once more.
The thought of merging the characters of Ultimate Fantasy with the world of Disney is simply a type of loopy accidents that one way or the other labored. I imply, who would ever have thought that this could possibly be the sort of billion-dollar concept that you would construct probably the most profitable franchises in gaming historical past on.
There’s a whole lot of issues that make the collection work, from the likable characters, to the darkish storyline, to the addictive gameplay, however one of many chief parts that basically permits Kingdom Hearts to soar is the implausible choice of worlds that Sq.-Enix and Disney selected for the participant to go to.
From catalog mainstays like Delight Rock from The Lion King to extra obscure decisions just like the nostalgia-tinged backdrop of Steamboat Willie, the worlds we’ve been allowed to discover in earlier entries have made for a number of the most memorable features of the franchise.
Now with the primary actual Kingdom Hearts recreation in 10 years on the horizon, we’re tallying up our listing of the worlds we’d like to see introduced to life with that beautiful KHIII artwork fashion.
10) The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The story of two childhood buddies who’re separated earlier than assembly once more as rivals appear customized constructed for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The Fox and the Hound follows an orphaned pink fox named Copper who befriends a searching pup by the identify of Chief. The 2 share an intimate bond and have a variety of enjoyable collectively earlier than being cut up aside and reunited at a later age in their lives when their extra pure instincts and roles in the world put them at odds with each other. The one pitfall can be the attainable want to shift Sora and co’s look dramatically to match in, although it’s by no means stopped them earlier than.
9) Monsters Inc. (2001)
A light-hearted but touching movie about a few monsters who type a particular relationship with a bit human woman, Monsters Inc. is the sort of heartwarming storytelling that Pixar has been excelling at for almost 20 years now. Even when it’s not probably the most pure match for Kingdom Hearts, the characters are so charming that it will work with the only of ease and having Sully be such a pure surrogate associate for the Beast simply makes it all of the extra compelling.
eight) The Black Cauldron (1985)
In all probability the least possible entry on this listing, The Black Cauldron is an notorious bomb for Disney, and by some reviews, it even got here shut to sinking the entire firm. It’s not straightforward to pin down precisely why, however one of the generally cited causes is the darkish tone and imagery of the movie, which made it a harder promote to the younger viewers it was aimed toward. Nonetheless, the grim story of a younger pig farmer and a princess rising up to problem The Horned King (who is perhaps probably the most terrifying Disney villain ever designed) can be proper at residence in the mythology of Kingdom Hearts.
7) Maleficent (2014)
Maleficent is among the most necessary antagonists in the whole Kingdom Hearts mythology, and as such, a world exploring her origin story can be wealthy fodder for the universe of the collection. Sora and firm would have the opportunity to see their long-standing nemesis at a really totally different level and perhaps even come to empathize with and perceive her plight. It will work very a lot in the identical approach that the juxtaposition of Pete’s roles in the primary recreation and in the Timeless River of Kingdom Hearts II did and add a number of dimension to one in every of Disney’s and Kingdom Hearts‘ greatest villains. Bonus points if Maleficent joins your party in this world!
6) The Skeleton Dance (1929)
A very macabre piece of animation, particularly for the time, The Skeleton Dance is a wonderful short from the earliest days of Disney’s historical past. It considerations a gaggle of skeletons having a celebration in the graveyard, full with singing, dancing, and pulling elements of one another off to use as devices. With the recognition of the Nightmare Earlier than Christmas sections in the KH collection, this brief can be an excellent place to set one other extra horror-themed world, even when it simply served as a quick diversion in the grander story. Seeing an animation like this introduced to life with the KHIII engine would really be a sight to behold.
5) Wall-E (2008)
Wall-E is a wildly creative and very charming little movie, notably in its first half, and it’s straightforward to see why the forlorn little robotic, Wall-E, can be an ideal addition to the Kingdom Hearts universe. The trash-filled, deserted Earth can be a tremendous place to discover, and having Wall-E in your group can be an exquisite change of tempo because the writers and animators would have to problem themselves to make him work along with Sora’s crew. Additionally, an area part actually deserves to be achieved proper after the lame-sauce that was the Lilo and Sew world in Delivery By Sleep.
four) Kiki’s Supply Service (1997)
The works of Studio Ghibli have lengthy been hallowed in the halls of animation, and with good cause. The filmmakers and artistic minds of Pixar Studios commonly cite Studio Ghibli as a supply of main inspiration for the tone and animation of their works. Kiki’s Supply Service is one in every of Ghibli’s very best, and because the first movie launched by the studio after they partnered with Disney, it was even distributed in North America by the home of mouse. The story of a younger woman getting used to what it means to be an grownup throughout a collection of coming of age trials, Kiki’s Supply Service is an absolute marvel to behold, a stunning gem crammed with fantastic characterizations and significant life classes. It’s environments, characters, and particularly the distinctive animation (think about Sora and co instantly being anime for this world) can be an absolute deal with to behold on PS4 and Xbox One.
three) Toy Story three (2010)
The factor about this decide is that it’s closely contingent on it being the third entry in the collection, in any other case, it is perhaps the primary decide. That would imply some tough writing for the parents at Sq.-Enix, however hey, if they will one way or the other make sense of the Kingdom Hearts core mythology than they have to be wizards proper? Toy Story three is the sort of heart-breaking coming of age story that may be the right combine for Kingdom Hearts III. A story of longing, remorse, and letting go of the previous, this world can be an ideal setting notably for Riku, ought to he take extra of a middle stage position in KHIII, as he did in Dream Drop Distance. To wit, the gameplay choices of being miniature toys dwelling in an outsized world can’t be ignored, whereas the host of nice characters is simply extra cause to make this one a serious precedence.
2) The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Speak about a world that appears customized constructed for this collection. As Sora heads towards his final future and the ultimate battle with Xehanort, what story might probably be a greater match from a storytelling perspective than The Sword in the Stone? This yarn a few younger King Arthur who’s destined for the sword Excalibur, and can someday go on to be the best hero his land has ever seen, regardless of being only a child, is principally a poetic mirror for the story of Sora and the Keyblade, and with Merlin already a longtime character in the collection mythology, this one solely makes extra sense the extra you consider it.
1) Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
Might there probably be any doubt? A movie which explores not simply online game tradition in element, but in addition the concept we will select our personal paths and our personal destinies in life, Wreck-it Ralph has to be the primary world we’d love to see in Kingdom Hearts III. The sheer quantity of element, the number of duties, and oh the mini-games–consider the mini-games! The story of a villain who simply needs to lastly do one thing good, Wreck-it Ralph isn’t just probably the greatest Disney movies of the final decade however among the best in all the canon. It’s a touching story with tons of nice humor and a metric ton of online game references. It could possibly be a little bit of a licensing nightmare for Sq.-Enix due to all the character cameos from different video games, however it might completely be value it for the Inception ranges of meta it might pull off. Bonus factors if we will get reformed villain Riku in this world as properly.
So there you’ve gotten it people, our prime 10 worlds for the ultimate leg of this long-winded trilogy. So what did you consider our picks? Any you’d swap out? Tell us in the feedback!
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