Buffy: Willow, short of the Apocalypse, nothing's gonna keep us from that party tonight.
Giles: Ahh, Buffy, good. We're having an Apocalypse.
Poor Buffy can't catch a break but it seems we have. Remember Buffy the Animated Series? Well, neither do I. That would be because it never aired.
Initially developed in 2001, Buffy the Animated Series was to be produced by Joss Whedon and Jeph Loeb for Fox Kids. Unfortunately, after Fox Kids ceased development no other network was willing to purchase the series which would have been set during the latter half of Season 1 with Dawn included in continuity.
A few years later Fox tried again to create interest for the show and even went so far as to create a four minute pilot with the original actors providing the voices for Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia, Angel, Principal Snyder, Joyce and Dawn. The voice of Buffy was recorded by Giselle Loren who voice Buffy in two video games. This pilot has just surfaced online for the first time. Here it is via YouTube:
Looks like a lot of fun right? Joss Whedon thought so too. In 2003 he told the Hollywood Reporter, "We had a great animation director, great visuals, six or seven hilarious scripts from our own staff - and nobody wanted it. I was completely baffled. I felt like I was sitting there with bags of money and nobody would take them from me." Maybe with a little luck it could get made now, especially since the comic is doing so well.
With our first look at this new genre of Buffy some fans have decided it's worth pulling for. Check out the Buffy the Animated Series Facebook page and of course the comments over at Whedonesque to see just how far their willing to go.
In continuing Ghostbusters news, (no, not about the video game) come November Time Life will release the complete collection of the Ghostbusters animated series. No, not Filmation's Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters. It's a 25-disk set that includes all 147 episodes plus an amazing twelve hours of bonus features.
Are they trying to bribe us now for the whole no-video-game-thing? Who cares?!
Last, but certainly never least, Princess Diana a.k.a. Wonder Woman, is going to kick some major mythological ass in her animated DVD movie! Some heroes were made. This one was born.
The trailer for Wonder Woman is now up at Yahoo! Movies and it looks awesome! Though I'll admit, I don't think I've ever or could ever be disappointed by anything DC animated. This time around Kerri Russell is voicing Diana and her co-star from Waitress, Nathon Fillion (a.k.a. Captain Hammer), will be voicing Steve Trevor. It's a great cast all-around but I kind of wished they had stuck with Lucy Lawless for Wonder Woman. I thought she did a great job in The New Frontier and I always thought she would have made the perfect Wonder Woman. Anyway, can't wait!