Kingdom Hearts has been around a long time. Spanning eight “main games” (and even more counting re-releases and mobile games) they have taken us to countless amazing Disney worlds. But even so, Disney itself has been around for even longer and Square Enix hasn’t even touched the surface of the Disney worlds available. I thought it would be fun to talk about a couple (literally) of Disney movies that I have always wanted to be represented in Kingdom Hearts.
First up is The Great Mouse Detective. Now this one might be the most obscure movie out of my two picks. It is the story of Basil, who is basically a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes, who takes on what becomes his greatest case, to save a kidnapped toymaker. Released in 1986, it came right after The Black Cauldron bombed. The Great Mouse Detective’s financial success single-handedly proved to Disney that animated films were still wanted. If it wasn’t for that film we never would have gotten the Disney Renaissance when some of their best films were made. You would think a milestone like that would be fondly remembered, at least by the company itself right? Yet here we are when it’s been put so deep into obscurity that even the biggest Disney fans don’t remember it.
And it’s a shame too because it is an excellent movie full of amazing set pieces for Kingdom Hearts levels. From creeping around in none other than the real Sherlock Holmes’s house to a toy shop full of over-sized toys, and a tavern called the Rat Trap which is home to the secret base of Basil’s nemesis Ratigan. And the movie’s climax is almost already set up perfectly to be a final boss sequence. But more on that in a second.
First I want to talk about the possibilities for Sora and the gang’s disguises. Now, in Birth by Sleep, in the Cinderella world, they did have sections where the player characters interacted with mice and they had no disguises. They were simply shrunken down humans. And while that could work, I think it would be way cooler to see them take on mouse forms. Either more traditional designs as the other characters in The Great Mouse Detective or even slightly more creative Mickey Mouse based designs. Maybe they could have all of their same clothes except they would have Mickey ears and a fake tail, the reactions from the rest of the cast would for sure be a riot. Basil at the very least would not fall for their tricks.
The boss possibilities are where I get really excited. One of the main antagonists is a bat creature who has a habit of kidnapping people. There’s a scene in the film where he attacks Basil and his friends as they explore the toy shop. This would make an excellent battle where you would have to run and dodge around oversized toys as the bat tries to take members of your party.
Later on, Basil is trapped by Ratigan in a killing machine (that just so happens to be a mousetrap). It could make a cool sequence where Sora has to fight heartless while keeping the trap from being activated as Basil works to make his escape.
And, finally, the ultimate boss: Ratigan himself. While there could be a couple tussles with him throughout the world, the climax of the movie is what has Kingdom Hearts boss written all over it. In the movie, Basil chases Ratigan to Buckingham Palace, facing off against tons of his goons. Ratigan makes his escape and takes to the air in his dirigible. Basil constructs a hot air balloon and gives chase after him, which would make a killer action sequence. There have already been similar chases in the series (I think even, again, in Birth by Sleep) but it being above the streets of London would be something special.
Then, once Basil catches up, they crash and the battle continues inside Big Ben of all places. Basil and Ratigan fight amongst the gears as they maneuver their way up the inter-workings of the clock, eventually continuing outside, onto Big Ben’s numbers and clock hands. This sequence would be incredible as a boss fight. Not only would you have to deal with Ratigan (who, by the way, is rather giant and imposing all by himself) but Big Ben would almost be like a second boss, it’s many parts working to try and kill both you and your enemy. Which would be another cool dynamic, using the environment to damage Ratigan while you stay out of harm’s way yourself.
That final fight has forever been in my head as the perfect boss fight for a Kingdom Hearts game. But there is one movie that I want to see a world from even more. Which brings us to my all time favorite Disney movie and my most wanted world: Treasure Planet.
Like Great Mouse Detective, its title is almost completely self-explanatory. It’s Treasure Island but in space. But space makes everything so much better, doesn’t it? In this telling of the story, Jim Hawkins is a troubled youth without a father who stumbles not on a map to just an island, but a whole other planet full of treasure. His journey is ripe with possibilities for a Kingdom hearts world.
The thing I’ve always been most excited for is actually where the movie begins (well, after the prologue): with Jim “solar cruising.” An activity that he does with an awesome hover-board with a sail on it, making it an early version of the ships he eventually sails. The scene where this is introduced is amazing. He shoots up into the sky and then spirals down, opening the sail before he hits the ground and speeding off. Honestly, I didn’t just dream of playing it in a game, I wanted it to be real!
Kingdom Hearts has had hover-board like sections before so I already know it would be great, but I would like to see them go even farther with it. Instead of the usual on-rails sections, I would love to see moments where you are able to explore a large area and ride it freely, fighting heartless all the while. With a mix of those two gameplay types, I think it’d make for some fun moments.
Not too far into the movie, Jim joins a whole crew with the mission to use his map to find Treasure Planet. The crew is made up of some awesome and sinister aliens. One of which is an insect-like alien named Scroop with big red pincers and a lot of legs. He would make an excellent boss. Things hit the fan not too long into their adventure and Scroop chases Jim all around the ship. Imagine running around a boat in space with an insect monster chasing you inside and out of the boat. It could start with a stealth-like section as you try to hide from him, but then he spots you and a chase sequence is activated. And then you finally get to face off against him on the sails, high above the rest of the ship.
I realize there’s already been pirate related stuff in Kingdom Hearts before, with another Pirates of the Caribbean world already confirmed for Kingdom Hearts 3. But the sci-fi setting totally transforms it into something brand new. A perfect illustration of that is the thought of what Sora and friends disguises could be. In the Pirates of the Caribbean worlds it’s obvious that they would be grittier and decked out in pirate garb but in Treasure Planet? They could be anything because of the vast array of alien types that are already in the movie. I honestly could be here all day thinking up ideas for what they could look like. The developers at Square Enix would have so much freedom to make whatever they wanted, it wouldn’t be nearly as limiting as just a pirate theme.
The “villain” of the movie is John Silver, a cyborg cook that eventually leads a mutiny to take over the ship and the map to Treasure Planet. I use the term villain lightly because Silver and Jim develop a sort of father and son like bond, where even when Silver betrays the crew you can tell that he is conflicted about hurting Jim. Their relationship is the center of the movie and is the main reason I love it so much. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy beating up John Silver a few times over the span of a world.
The climax of the movie, again, would make a legendary finale to the world. They find the treasure but set off a booby trap that starts to not only destroy the treasure but the planet itself. A fight with John Silver while the treasure is crumbling away beneath you, followed by a dash to safety on your hover-board through an exploding planet… I can’t imagine how fun and intense it would be.
So, there you go, my two most wanted Disney worlds. If you have never seen The Great Mouse Detective or Treasure Planet, I highly suggest you check them out. They are forgotten classics. And I intentionally left out so much detail, so even if you know the basic plot structure there will still be surprises.
How about you guys? What Disney movies are you still hoping show up in Kingdom Hearts someday? Let us know!