Trivia / Kingdom Hearts I

Trivia tropes:

  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • Squall (or Leon) was voiced by Angel and Bones star David Boreanaz.
    • Aerith was voiced by pop star Mandy Moore, who would go on to voice Rapunzel in Tangled 8 years later.
    • Kairi being voiced by Hayden Panettierre is a borderline example. She'd had a few roles but it was right before her recognizable ones in Ice Princess, Raising Helen or Heroes.
    • Sephiroth was voiced by Lance Bass.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Bonus Boss Kurt Zisa was named after a contest winner.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Alice and Wendy in Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, respectively, reprised her roles despite being in her mid 60s at the time. She's also one of only a few actors/actresses who worked with Walt Disney directly to be involved with the Kingdom Hearts games as well; John Fiedler, who voiced Piglet, did the role in the games as well until his death.
    • Jodi Benson, who was 31 at the time, once again voiced the 16-year-old Ariel.
  • Development Gag:
    • Rikku from Final Fantasy X was going to make an appearance as part of the Final Fantasy gang in Traverse Town, but she was replaced with Yuffie. As a nod to this, Yuffie wears an outfit originally designed for the Kingdom Hearts version of Rikku.
    • Squall from Final Fantasy VIII was originally designed with longer hair - and Leon's appearance here is a reference to that.
  • Fandom Nod: Aurora's dress is coloured purple on her illustration during the Awakening. This is a nod to the Sleeping Beauty fandom sometimes offering purple as a compromise to the pink and blue colour war the fairies have.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Several Disney characters from older films had different voice actors, due to their original actors being deceased. This includes:
      • Tress McNeille replaced Verna Felton as the Queen of Hearts.
      • Susanne Blakeslee replaced Eleanor Audley as Maleficent.
      • Corey Burton instead of Joseph Kearns as the Doorknob, and Hans Conried as Captain Hook.
      • Christopher Steele instead of Bobby Driscoll as Peter Pan.
    • Sean Astin provided the voice of Hercules, who was voiced by Tate Donovan in his film. Donovan reprised his role in the second game.
    • Dan Castellaneta voiced the Genie instead of Robin Williams due to the latter's refusal to work with Disney at the time.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson replaced Samuel E. Wright as the voice of Sebastian, the only time the character has been voiced by someone other than Wright.
    • Due to the characters being much younger than their canon counterparts, Tidus and Wakka have different voice actors. Tidus was voiced by Sean Fleming instead of James Arnold Taylor, while Wakka was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker instead of John DiMaggio.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Final Mix, which got included in the 1.5 ReMix.
  • Saved for the Sequel:
    • A world based off The Lion King was planned, but the game engine couldn't handle quadruped movement for the lions. The world was later included in II after an engine switch.
    • Tifa from Final Fantasy VII was planned as an optional boss, but had to be cut. She appears in the second game.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The Final Fantasy characters were included so as not to create new characters to fill minor roles.
  • Sleeper Hit: The game was this for Squaresoft following the very polarizing reception it received when it was first announced.
  • Talking to Himself: Barring a ton of examples in the English version; in the Japanese version, Donald Duck and Genie are both voiced by Koichi Yamadera, along with Sebastian, Beast and Mushu.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: It's an urban legend that Ariel was going to be a Princess of Heart originally but they couldn't find a way to work her getting legs and captured by Maleficent after defeating Ursula - and thus was hastily replaced with Alice at the last minute.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original concept for the game had Mickey as the main character, with Donald and Goofy helping out. The development team eventually became divided over whether he or Donald should be the true main character. As a result, they compromised by creating Sora.
    • The original scenario involved Sora saving the Princesses of Heart with the assistance of their respective princes.
    • Sora's original design was more lion-like and wielded a chainsaw sword. This was changed to a giant key to be less violent.
    • Many early screenshots for the game showed Donald and Goofy wearing their classic outfits from the original Disney shorts. This was changed to the current attire they wear in the game, presumably to give them more adventurous appearances, and they can only be seen wearing their classic attire in the game's epilogue.
    • Kairi's role in Hollow Bastion was going to be larger.
    • Bahamut, a recurring Final Fantasy character usually included as a Summon, was originally going to be featured. While it is possible to hack the game to include Bahamut in the Summons menu, choosing him will crash the game.
    • There was planned to be one more battle against Ansem-possessed Riku at the End of the World. It was very nearly completed but Dummied Out in the final version. It would have taken place on a crumbling island - which would have been a remnant of the Destiny Islands, consumed by darkness.
    • Chernabog was going to be the final boss, being the embodiment of all darkness. This was changed for various reasons. Some concept art shows that the battle would take place at an unknown castle.
    • Some concept art showed Sora wearing a loincloth in the Deep Jungle and a world icon for a Toy Story world.
    • A world based on The Lion King was planned, but Square did not have the technology necessary to make Sora's lion model function properly. Instead, Simba only appears as a summon and the world was eventually featured in Kingdom Hearts II.
    • Rikku from Final Fantasy X was to appear in Traverse Town as part of the gang of Final Fantasy characters, and concept art exists of her. She was replaced with Yuffie since there was already a character with the very similar name of Riku, and Square wanted to avoid the confusion of having two characters with similar names. She appears in the sequel but her name is never spoken.
    • Disney Castle was going to be a playable world and was shown in the game's beta trailer. Although it was removed, it can be accessed with a cheat code (since it still appears in cutscenes).
    • Aerith was originally going to have her name spelled the same way it was in the parent game. But as it was changed late in development, you never hear the other characters say it aloud. Her name is not actually spoken aloud in the Compilation until Crisis Core.

Miscellaneous trivia:

  • "Destati" is apparently considered cursed by the production team due to odd incidents—the worst being the entire building losing power—occurring whenever the vocal track was inserted into a piece of background music.
  • Kurt Zisa, one of the game's bonus bosses, is named after a fan who won a contest. He appears if you try to fly to the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin's house after visiting Hollow Bastion.
  • For the remastered version of the Final Mix re-releases, Nomura himself stated that the team had to rewrite the whole code of the game from what was available from the original game since the original version's game data was somehow lost, which lead to a ton of research, and stated that "it wasn't easy trying to recreate everything in HD from there".
  • While some character models were massively updated for the HD remaster, other models, such as Sora and Ansem's, were instead ripped from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

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