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Buffy: The Animated Series – The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spin-Off That Never Was

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Another fascinating wrinkle is that Dawn can be a personality which, as these accustomed to the authentic present know, didn’t grow to be the case till season 5. This retroactive insertion of Buffy’s child sister (Dawn would have been simply 11 or 12 throughout the first season) would definitely have been an fascinating method of producing recent tales and never being handcuffed to canon. 

But as we all know, the thought by no means got here to fruition, and evidently it wasn’t for a scarcity of making an attempt. Despite the preliminary plan for the present to air on Fox Kids, it was left homeless after the channel’s closure. From there, Whedon and Loeb had an uphill battle to promote it some place else. 

In 2003, Whedon instructed The Hollywood Reporter: “We simply couldn’t discover a residence for [it]. We had an ideal animation director, nice visuals, six or seven hilarious scripts from our personal employees – and no one wished it. I used to be utterly baffled. I felt like I used to be sitting there with baggage of cash and no one would take them from me.”

Of course, the animated present wasn’t the solely Buffyverse spin-off that was deserted earlier than it ever reached our screens. The most well-known was Ripper, a Giles-centric present that will comply with the character on ghostly adventures in England, and there was additionally a possible sequel sequence following the newly-woke up potential slayers, a a lot-hyped Faith-centric present from seasoned Angel author Tim Minear, and even a film about Spike (the script for which was ultimately launched as comedian Spike: Into the Light). 

Like the Spike challenge, the animated sequence additionally discovered its technique to the web page in After These Messages… We’ll Be Right Back, which noticed Buffy ponder how life might need been easier when she was again in highschool. In tribute to the bygone sequence, the pages had been drawn in the similar animation model.

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