This isn’t the first blog to come up with a list of ideal Disney movies to include in Kingdom Hearts, and I doubt it will be the last. But with Dream Drop Distance coming out next year and Kingdom Hearts III still on the horizon, I wanted to throw in my two cents as well. So, without further ado…
10. Phineas and Ferb
I realize that this one will probably never happen because KH has yet to include a world based on a Disney Channel show. Also, I’m not sure that the simplistic designs of Danville and its characters would translate well with the art design of Kingdom Hearts. For example, how would Square’s development team make Phineas’ triangular head three-dimensional?
But the spirit of the show would fit very well in the Kingdom Hearts universe, and Phineas and Ferb would love to help Sora, Donald, and Goofy fight Heartless with all the crazy inventions they’ve made over the summer. And considering that the newest game, Dream Drop Distance, is supposed to be all about the Realm of Sleep and well, dreams, how perfect would it be to show Sora or Riku running amok with Phineas and Ferb’s imaginations?
If nothing else, it would be great to have Agent P as a Summon ally!
9. Toy Story
It’s probably only a matter of time before these classic characters make an appearance in a Kingdom Hearts game. Pixar worlds haven’t been included yet, but now that they’re owned by Disney, this is something that fans have been begging for for years (myself included). To be honest, Toy Story isn’t the Pixar world that I want to see the most, but it’s a wonderful trilogy, it’s beloved by so many people of all ages, and it has some of the best examples of friendship in cinema. And isn’t friendship what Kingdom Hearts is all about?
At first, Pocahontas got added to the list purely for nostalgic reasons. It was my favorite Disney movie for years, until Mulan was released. Then I started thinking about whether or not it could really fit with KH thematically and got stuck. Pocahontas focuses on specific issues about learning to accept other cultures, respect the enviornment, and find nonviolent solutions to conflicts. That doesn’t really fit well in an action RPG setting, because A) such games always end with a big, long boss fight between the hero and the villain, not a diplomatic meeting with a peaceful resolution, B) hacking and slashing at nature is one of the best ways to get bonus items, and C) Sora has never had a problem with other cultures. He’ll easily befriend anyone, as long as that person has no evil intentions.
Then I realized that this clash between the morals of Pocahontas and basic action video game mechanics could make for an interesting story. Sora knows, based on past experiences, that sometimes it’s necessary to take action when dealing with something that’s genuinely evil, like the Heartless. On the other hand, depending on what’s happened to Terra and Master Xehanort since Birth By Sleep, Sora might have to take an alternative route if he wants to save Terra. Interaction with Pocahontas could inspire him to try something different. Likewise, Pocahontas would have to come to terms with helping Sora fight invading Heartless in the New World if she became allies with him. I think adding Pocahontas’ world could open up some different story possibilities.
And it looks like I’m not the only person who’d like to see a Pocahontas world: there’s a fantastic hypothetical theme for a Pocahontas world on YouTube, created by a talented fan called BlueNctrn. Check it out if you’re interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKD5WN47DOU&feature=channel_video_title
7. Darkwing Duck
Like Phineas and Ferb, Darkwing has a less likely chance of appearing in a game because he’s the star of a Disney television show, not a movie. But if Square-Enix ever wanted to experiment and include characters outside of the Disney movie canon, Darkwing would be a good candidate because his show is a spinoff of Ducktales, and we’ve already seen some of the characters from that show make an appearance in the games: Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewie, and Louie. Of course, you don’t have to be familiar with Ducktales to know who those four ducks are, but I had never seen Tron or The Nightmare Before Christmas before I started playing the Kingdom Hearts games, and that didn’t stop me from enjoying Halloween Town and Space Paranoids. Darkwing Duck is a very entertaining character, along with Launchpad, Gosalyn, and the Fearsome Five. St. Canard could easily be included as another section of the world of Disney Town, like how Timeless River was added as Disney Castle in the past.
So what are you waiting for, Square-Enix? Let’s get dangerous! 😀
6. Treasure Planet
To be honest…I don’t have an amazing, well-thought out reason for this, beyond the simple, “Treasure Planet was an awesome movie and I want to see my favorite Keyblade wielders fighting space pirates!!!” I love everything about that movie, from the jaw-dropping, gorgeous animation, to the sad and complex relationship between Jim and Long John, and the song, “I’m Still Here,” and the awesome action scenes, and it’s just highly underrated and underappreciated, in my humble opinion. I don’t know how Jim’s emotional coming-of-age journey would fit well with Sora’s story, unless the writers had Riku or Kairi visit that world instead, but I think it would be a lot of fun to fight Long John Silver’s crew and more Heartless pirates.
Tomorrow I’ll post the top 5 worlds I’d like to see in a Kingdom Hearts game, so stay tuned!