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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Is "Buffy" Animated the future of the Slayer ?

Monday 9 July 2007, by Webmaster


Months after the Buffy spin-off Angel succeeded, there were rumors swirling around about the next big Joss Whedon project. One was a BBC mini series based on the Rupert Giles character. The other one was an idea that was resurrected several times now floating in creative limbo, forever out of reach. I’m talking about the Buffy animated series. Writers were hired (including Buffy staff writers as well as comics and screen writer Jeph Loeb). A number of scripts were completed, and most of the television cast was on board (sadly minus Sarah Michelle Gellar). The character design was similar to the Batman animated series, with a streamlined look. Fan reaction seemed positive. Everything was in place.

And nothing happened.

Buffy moved to UPN in 2001 and was cancelled in 2003.

In a premature move, the WB Network canceled Angel in 2004, while the quality was at an all-time high, and the ratings were still climbing. There was talk again of bringing the Buffy animated series to television, but that quickly fizzled faster than a vampire in sunlight.

In 2007, Joss Whedon published Buffy The Vampire Slayer "Season 8", in comic book form through Dark Horse Comics. The first issue sold out of several printings, and subsequent issues have had healthy sales as well. Fan and critical reaction was mostly positive, which leads to the obvious question: When are we going to see Buffy Animated?

Spike TV, G4 or Cartoon Network would be a terrific venue for the show. Direct to DVD sales of other animated projects have been successful so combine several of the scripts into a movie length DVD. Dark Horse is publishing a series of graphic novels in the style of the Hellboy animated DVD movies, so why not adapt the existing scripts into an animated style comic? Don’t keep them all to yourselves Joss, your fans are waiting.

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