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7 Worlds That Should Be In Kingdom Hearts III
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Adriaan den Ouden
REVIEWS EDITOR



Now that Square Enix has finally announced Kingdom Hearts III, fans of the series are all asking one thing: what new worlds are we going to see this time? It's an unfortunate problem with the series, particularly among its spin-offs, that worlds from previous games are regularly recycled, and it's a shame since Disney has such a rich filmography from which to draw from. Even the last main entry in the series, Kingdom Hearts II, had a large number of previously seen worlds at play. In the seven years since the last proper entry in the series, Disney has released a myriad of excellent films from which to draw, on top of the vast, untapped library they already possessed. With that in mind, here are seven worlds that I would love to see in the newest installment.

Number 7: Nottingham (Robin Hood)

The Disney animated film Robin Hood first released in 1973, but it remains a fan-favorite among Disney films. Based on the old British folk tale of a bandit who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, Disney anthropomorphized the characters, creating a version of Nottingham filled with talking animals, the title character being portrayed by a crafty fox. While many Disney franchises have been used to some degree over the course of the Kingdom Hearts series, Robin Hood sadly has been completely overlooked. Given the adventurous spirit of the story, it seems a perfect fit for Square Enix's RPG franchise.

Number 6: Municiberg (The Incredibles)

Released by Disney/Pixar in 2004, The Incredibles takes place in a world filled with super-heroes and tells the story of one family in particular. It's an action-packed film chock full of references to the 1960s and 1970s, particularly campy shows like Adam West's Batman, or Roger Moore's James Bond films. More importantly, it's a world where Sora, Donald, and Goofy, being heroes themselves, would feel right at home, and could certainly lend a hand. An action-packed boss battle against Syndrome and his Omnidroid would make for one heck of a finale.

Number 5: Litwak's Arcade (Wreck-It Ralph)

If there was ever a Disney film that screamed to be added to the Kingdom Hearts universe, it's 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. After all, it's a movie about video games! There's even a Final Fantasy VII reference early on! Between Sugar Rush and Hero's Duty, there's plenty of potential level-building content to make use of, and it's not like Sora is a stranger to getting sucked into computer systems. The only caveat is that the film makes hefty use of characters licensed from other game developers such as SEGA, Capcom, and a slew of others. Getting the rights to use any of their characters might be next to impossible.

Number 4: The Highlands (Brave)

Brave, which was also released in 2012, made waves for featuring a strong, female protagonist: Merida, the willful, red-haired princess of Clan Dunbroch. Once again, this is a world that has a sense of adventure at its core, and would feel right at home in the Kingdom Hearts universe. The Scottish Highland setting of the film offered up a wide array of beautiful backdrops, including castles, ruins, forests, fields, and waterfalls, and Merida, being a skilled archer, would make for a terrific temporary companion for Sora and friends.

Number 3: The Death Star (Star Wars)

Before you say anything, think about this carefully. In 2012, Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise along with the rest of Lucasfilm. Could there possibly be a better place to make use of this than Kingdom Hearts? Imagine it: keyblade versus lightsaber, firaga versus the force, as Sora goes one on one with Darth Vader himself. Han and Luke could be party members. Chewbacca could be a summon! They've even got a potential animation style thanks to The Clone Wars. Imagine Mickey Mouse uttering the famous line, "That's no moon. That's a space station!" Come on, Square Enix: make this happen!

Number 2: Toon Town (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Anyone who is a fan of the 1988 film noir parody that brilliantly mixed live action with animation has probably been hoping for a Toon Town world in Kingdom Hearts for ages. And why not? It's a celebration of classic animation from the 1950s and 1960s, and is the closest Kingdom Hearts can get to the world of Looney Tunes without striking a deal with Warner Bros. More importantly, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? portrays an unusually silly side of Disney that deserves a turn in the spotlight.

Number 1: Andy's Room (Toy Story)

Finally we come down to what is probably every Kingdom Hearts fan's number one most wanted world: Andy's Bedroom from 1995s ground-breaking Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story. The fact that this movie hasn't been tapped for some role in Kingdom Hearts is an absolute travesty, especially considering that it is arguably the most successful property Disney has ever owned. In fact, to date no Pixar film has been included in the Kingdom Hearts series, and this is something that desperately needs to be rectified. Toy Story is beloved by kids and gamers alike, would fit perfectly in the Kingdom Hearts universe, and as the most widely recognized Pixar franchise, would be the perfect place to start.




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