|"Firefly: The Animated Series" by Otis Frampton|
Casting - One of the biggest problems with bringing back Firefly is, ironically, its excellent casting. Most of the brilliant actors on the cast went on to huge success in movies and television , and have a full committment. .For example, Morena Baccarin is on the TV show Homeland and Nathan Fillion is on the TV show Castle. With an animated series, the cast members could just come in on their own schedule to record their dialogue separately. The actors have aged since the show aired, but the animated versions could look the same or younger, and even do their own stunts.
Cost - With its spaceships, fight sequences, and elaborate sets, Firefly was an expensive show to produce. All of that would be reduced with an animated series. Sets, costumes, actors would all be drawn or CGI, creating a more attractive show for less money.
Distribution - The entertainment world has been turned upside-down in recent years with new channels of distribution through the Internet. Web-only series like Burning Love and The Guild have brought legitimacy to digital TV series, and Netflix has even introduced original streaming content on their line-up. Whedon already experimented with digital streaming when he launched Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog on YouTube. A Firefly animated series could easily find a home on YouTube or Netflix, bypassing network television altogether.
Until then, enjoy this fan-made trailer for a potential animated series.
Would you watch an animated version of Firefly?
[Image Source: Otis Frampton]
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