Kingdom Hearts Director Wants To Add Pixar

Kingdom Hearts Director Wants To Add Pixar
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Buzz Lightyear as a Kingdom Hearts character? Could happen.

Longtime Kingdom Hearts veteran and co-director of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Tai Yasue told me at E3 this week that he’d love to take Sora and Rikku through the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s films. As a collaborative project between Square Enix and Pixar parent company Disney, Kingdom Hearts could definitely find its way into a setting like Wall-E or Cars.

“Personally — and this isn’t an announcement — I would really love to do a Pixar world,” Yasue told me. “A lot of us do.”

“Any particular favourite Pixar world?” I asked. His answer: Toy Story.

So maybe we’ll get to see Sora and Rikku fighting alongside Woody and Buzz in Kingdom Hearts III, whenever that comes out. If it ever comes out.


  • Woody and Buzz were meant to be a summon in the original plans for Kingdom Hearts II, but were scrapped. You can still find the models, albeit without textures, in the coding for the Final Mix edition. So we can fully expect to see some Pixar in our KH some time very soon.

    • To be fair, they were removed from KH2 before release, and there have been 4 Kingdom Hearts titles since without anything Pixar related, even in the way of partially removed content found hidden in the game code (358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep, Coded/Re:Coded and now Dream Drop Distance). If anything, this would indicate (particularly with the success of previous Pixar films and how much of a boost it would have been to a Kingdom Hearts title to feature a Pixar world or two) that Pixar-related films aren’t as free for Square to touch as other Disney films are.

      That being said, I would love to see some Pixar love in the next Kingdom Hearts title. Pixar have created some very interesting worlds that would translate well for a Kingdom Hearts title (Toy Story would be a given, but Wall-E would be fantastic IMHO), and the draw of one or multiple Pixar worlds would drag more people to try the series out. That, and I think we’ve seen Agrabah, Wonderland and Neverland a few too many times by now.

  • If Pixar is added then Square loses more influence on the franchise and I don’t like the sound of that. But honestly thinking about it, it wouldn’t be that bad exploring new areas instead of the same old stuff.

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