KHV's Top 10
~Most Wanted KH3 Disney Worlds~
Since Disney's first animated film of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937, Disney and it's side companies have released hundreds of animated and live action films. With 14 submissions sent in this month, KHV members have sent in their most wanted picks that can be read below.
#15) The Incredibles
#14) The Jungle Book
#13) The Princess and the Frog
#12) Monsters Inc.
#11) The Emperor's New Groove
#10) Pirates of the Caribbean
Average Ranking: 5.00
Appearing first in Kingdom Hearts II, Port Royal is the only world on this list to have been introduced into the series so far. While the animation may not have blended well with the cartoon styles of Donald and Goofy, the film series was popular enough to warrant desire from fans to continue the stories of Jack Sparrow. To date there have been four released films, with a fifth one to come in 2016, but when it comes to which story they prefer, submissions sent in were particularly interested in the Davy Jones story from the second film; Dead Man's Chest.
#9)The Black Cauldron
Average Ranking: 3.80
Released in 1985, The Black Cauldron was the first Disney animated film for many things. First animated film to be rated PG, have computer graphics, and feature absolutely no songs! (Sorry kids, no sing-alongs here) , One of Disney's most darkest films, it had to be re-edited and revised to ensure it didn't go past the PG-13 rating due to graphic or violent scenes. Looking at the plot, is is based on the Chronicles of Prydain book series. It centers around a pigkeeping boy named Taran and his quest to find and destroy the black cauldron. It wasn't a huge box office success since it earned only half it's budget, making it one of the more least likely films to be introduced into the series do to Disney's stance on darker stories and putting the more popular films first. This film even had a princess that wasn't introduced into the Disney Princess line-up for the sole reason of it's poor theatrical performance!
#8) Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Average Ranking: 5.83
Following the exploits of a devoted researcher named Milo, the story revolves around him, and a cast of highly trained crew members to find the lost city of Atlantis. Well look at that, some one who wants to see another world. Wonder how that would fit in... The film shows a lot of new environmental possibilities, going deep underground through caverns and breath-taking scenery of water falls and what life on land would look like under the ocean. This sci-fi film also features the voice of Master Xehanort himself; Leonard Nimoy.
Average Ranking: 5.33
Pixar's first film that took place in the far distant past, Brave centers around Merida; a princess who wants constant adventure outside her royal duties... Well, at least she has the archery going for her. The film's script and producers were shifted around a bit, causing the film to have some bumps before the final product released. All in all, it's a nice mother/daughter story with the right amount of heart and humor to it. The villain, being a bear, could always be modified as perhaps some sort of heartless, I guess, with some bow and arrow action from Merida as a party member. Seriously though, we could use some more Disney female party members. (The only two being Ariel and Mulan) And speaking of female party members...
Average Ranking: 4.83
Seeing the perspective of new cultures can be either intimidating or welcoming. Most of this film focuses around the peace and war behind two different kinds of people. The one who live off the land, and the one who make money off it. Integration was never a huge theme in the series as Sora usually got along with most of the people he met, never feeling the need to actually question some of the styles or customs. Heck most of the time, he would just say it's weird and just move on. Darkness could easily be found in the hearts of the men who have hatred towards the other side, allowing the player and main protagonists Pocahontas and John smith, to play peacemaker. I don't know why, but I would just like to see Pocahontas herself as a party member. Fighting with the spirits of nature and all the colors of the wind. ALL OF THEM.
Average Ranking: 4.50
A name change from the classic story of Rapunzel, Tangled re-invents the story to explain many aspects not included in the original tale. It also includes a cast of funny new characters, including Flynn Rider (A charming, narcissistic thief) Pascal, (the mute chameleon who shows emotion through facial expression) Maximus, (The horse who takes his royal guard job very seriously) and a tavern full of thugs with dreams. One of the more popular CGI films from Disney, Tangled marked the 50th film from the Walt Disney Animation company and would make a lovely addition to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. (Though I do feel sorry to the game animator responsible for Rapunzel's hair)
#4) Wreck-it Ralph
Average Ranking: 3.00
A wonderful possibility for minigames in my opinion. Wreck-it Ralph takes place in an arcade, featuring a cascade of games. The three main ones from the film being Sugar Rush, Fix it Felix Jr, and Hero's Duty. (Hehe, Duty) It would also be nice for Sora to find a villain who isn't filled with darkness, but is just an honest guy doing his job to keep the game running. Also, would he need a costume change? I mean, I know he's already a video game character, but he isn't aware of that. If this film ends up being introduced into the franchise, I sincerely hope for the moment of sweet irony when a character asks which "Game" Sora's from.
#3) Toy Story
Average Ranking: 5.77
Not going to lie. I kind of want to see Sora in this world as some kind of ken doll. All plastic, with rubber limbs, I wouldn't be able to stop laughing as I played him. And for Donal, maybe being a rubber duck? Goofy a toy soldier? For those who don't know, Toy Story is a Pixar franchise featuring the many trials and thoughts in the world of the toys. The three films perfectly captured what toys can mean to a child and show that they do care for their owner and enjoy being played with. Seeing as how Kingdom Hearts just loves that theme of the heart so much, Toy Story could always be a possibility. In fact, if you look in the Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix coding, you'll find unfinished models of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who were meant to be summons.
#2) Treasure Planet
Average Ranking: 4.66
Treasure Planet is a sci-fi adaptation of the classic novel; "Treasure Island." Plenty of ship sailing and starry scenery, Treasure Planet takes place in the distant future, where space travel and technology make for steampunk cyborgs and aliens galore. The main character; Jim Hawkins, finds a map to the fabled Tresure Planet, which is believed to have a planet full of riches. So how could this fit into Kingdom Hearts? Well, upon re-watching the film, I thought of some possibilities. For one, Jim is known to be a talented solar surfer. (It' like rocket powered windsurfing off the ground) Seeing as how Birth by Sleep introduced keyblade gliders, this world could perhaps feature a few fun little obstacle courses for some skillful maneuvering. Another is that most of the ship is meant to be full of criminals and the like. Similar to Hook's ship, the ship could be crawling with heartless, or some other form of enemy that the ship's captain doesn't know about. When it comes to the story, Jim's father left when he was little, and since his journey began Jim and Long John Silver grow a bit of a father/son bond, changing the course in certain plans for the treasure. Whatever the plausible idea, this film has proven to be underrated in Disney's film lineup, since many of it's fans can't wait to see a world based off it.
Average Ranking: 3.83
The most recent Disney film, the frontrunner for the new KH3 Disney hopeful has been crowned. Frozen has been all the rage since it's release for it's animation story, and songs that you can't help but sing along to. But that's not why it seems to be ahead of the pack in this list. (Well those songs are pretty catchy...) Frozen unifies itself with the message Kingdom Hearts spreads in it's games about opening your heart to those you meet with and that closing it off will only bring the person's own ruin. The film itself focuses on two sisters; Anna and Elsa. Elsa is gifted with magical power to create and control ice and snow, which she used to accidentally create a blizzard over their kingdom. She then runs to the mountains for fear of what she might do to others and what they might do to her, isolating herself. From there, her sister Anna, accompanied by Olaf the snowman, Sven the reindeer, and some useless guy named Kristoff, go out to find her sister and bring her back to stop the blizzard. New environments and a nice soundtrack to tune with, Frozen offers just what the series delivers in all it's games. So for those who love the film, I hope your happy with the list, and to those who hate it; "Let it go".