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Kingdom Hearts actor kicks off 20th anniversary with an adorable puppet show


An unexpected but welcome surprise struck Kingdom Hearts fans' timeline yesterday as voice actor Erika Harlacher released a short musical puppet show based on our favourite video game franchise Kingdom Hearts.

The Disney x Square Enix collaboration is no stranger to adaptations outside the video game world with it being adapted into novels, a Manga series, and at one point it was almost made into a cartoon series. Now, although not official, it has been adapted into a musical puppet show. Who could see that one coming?

The short was created by longtime voice actor Erika Harlacher. Harlacher is most known for voicing Ann in Persona 5. But she has also provided her voice to well over a hundred different projects, including additional voices in several Square Enix titles like Final Fantasy VII Remake, NEO: The World Ends with You, and of course Kingdom Hearts III.

The short, titled Puppet Kingdom: Musical Hearts was published on both Youtube and Twitter, and retells the first chapter of the original Kingdom Hearts game where Sora first meets Donald and Goofy in Traverse Town.
 

The song is titled The Trio Song, and according to Harlacher she has 5 more songs already written that she may publish later assuming Disney lawyers don't put a stop to it first.

Harlacher, who herself is an avid fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, states that she's been on and off working on this project for a year and a half.

With the project being so well made, it has received praise from other known members of the community and fellow voice actors. Including a shoutout from Goofy's official voice actor for 30+ years, Bill Farmer.

If you're a fan of Kingdom Hearts, or just appreciate great puppet artistry, we urge you to check out the project! With enough support, maybe we'll see more of it!



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Man I never knew Erika Harlacher was a Kingdom Hearts fan! I love her even more now! Plus, that was an awesome video!

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This put a smile on my face and made my day thank you

15 hours ago, Deathscythe said:

This is what we all needed to wash off the stink of that robot chicken sketch.

I am still in therapy

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Some feedback for the writer of this article: the title is misleading as it makes the reader think this puppet show video was done to officially start the 20th anniversary celebrations and was endorsed by Square, neither of which is the case since the video is fan made and not an official production. I suggest revising the title of the article, especially since Square themselves have yet to officially start the celebrations.

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5 hours ago, phoenixmiko said:

Some feedback for the writer of this article: the title is misleading as it makes the reader think this puppet show video was done to officially start the 20th anniversary celebrations and was endorsed by Square, neither of which is the case since the video is fan made and not an official production. I suggest revising the title of the article, especially since Square themselves have yet to officially start the celebrations.

The title does not make it seem like that.

The Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary is as much a community celebration as it is an official marking since the release of the first game. So saying someone "kicks off (insert event) by doing x" does not in any way imply it being official.

I appreciate the feedback, but I disagree.

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On 1/12/2022 at 4:09 PM, Deathscythe said:

This is what we all needed to wash off the stink of that robot chicken sketch.

I had never actually watched the sketch until seeing this and, not realizing what you meant, decided to go and look it up on Youtube.

Yeah, uh...this is better. 

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This was, like, the cutest thing I've ever seen. Aww!

Now I want a full video like this. Haha. So CUTE!

And I hope Disney doesn't get mad at her, because I'd love to hear/see the other five songs.

You can just tell she loves the series so much. And that this was truly a passion project. So much heart and soul went into it, and I can't get enough of it. Especially since it's about my favorite KH1. 

It may not be official, but it sure is a great way to kick off the 20th anniversary. -goes to watch it a third time-

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