Saturday, November 27, 2010

Video of the Day: "Buffy The Animated Series"

       Back in 2002, while the hit show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was on TV, there were plans for an animated spin-off series, set somewhere during the first season of the show. Despite initial excitement and most of the real life cast providing voices (minus Sarah Michelle Gellar), "Buffy the Animated Series" never got off the ground. It's a shame because, judging by this 'proof-of-concept' video, it would have been a welcome addition to the Buffy-verse.


  1. Great clip, but Buffy was NEVER a hit show. Cult hit, maybe, but the ratings were always in the toilet. Still, nice to think of what might have been with this cartoon...


  2. The definition of 'a hit show' is entirely up to anyone's opinion. I was a huge Buffy fan and still remember it fondly. And yes, the cartoon would've been pretty cool.

  3. I disagree. I think a hit is a pretty specific and finite term meaning high viewership, high sales, or broad widespread popularity. While it aired, BTVS had none of those things, even if it deserved better. You could say it was "acclaimed" "well-reviewed" or a "fan favourite" but I don't know anyone who would call Buffy a hit in its' day.

    That said, great clip. I wonder why they thought to try an animated series. It's sort of a strange idea, having an animated series of a currently airing show. I mean, even Punky Brewster added a magical imp to their show. The fact that they had the cartoon so closely resemble the original show, while it aired it puzzling to me, especially given the aforementioned dismal ratings. I could see it being successful now, though, since we've had no Buffy television in so long.


  4. I'm kinda glad there are no further additions to the Buffyverse, honestly. Have you read that Season 8 comic? Thank goodness that show was canceled if they're that out of ideas.

    And since I'm adding my two cents, it's fair to say that Buffy was a CRITICAL darling, as it always made best 10 lists, but it was one of the lowest rated shows on one of the lowest rated networks for all of its' run. Definitely not a hit, by any stretch.

  5. I really wanted to like the Season 8 Buffy comic. I really did. But aside from the team-up with Dracula vs the Japanese vampire clan, there was no other storyline that I found particularly enticing.