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December 31 2004

Jane Espenson and Eric Wight on Buffy: Animated. A great interview about the Buffy series that never was.

Loosely related question...
Has the closing of Mutant Enemy affected the chances of this finally getting made at all?
The impression I get, though I may be way off the mark here, is that Joss's "Production Company" was in Joss's head, and I would assume still is... A physical office would be merely a support to whatever was going on at the time and with no active TV productions is not needed. But if a great idea came up tomorrow that he wanted to do I can't see him saying "But I can't, I haven't got a company!"

Interesting about the SMG likeness. I always thought the drawings didn't get her look and it turns out that was deliberate. I guess if they used her likeness they'd have to pay her money.
zz9, totally agree with you with Mutant Enemy being in Joss's head, good way to put it, lets hope it's needed again on tv in the future.
I would cheerfully beat someone to death with a shovel to see this on the air. (No I'm not scary-crazy; I'm just paraphrasing Willow talking to Riley, season four.) Not being a big animation fan, I was initially not excited by Buffy: Animated. But I told myself to "get over it" and now, well, I'm ready to brandish a shovel to see the show get made. It sounds terrific. Oh, and Jane Espenson? Love, love, love her.
Does anyone know if they will use the Nerf Herder Buffy theme for the credits or will they use some other tune. I think it would be cool if they did opening credits like on the original show!
"Interesting about the SMG likeness. I always thought the drawings didn't get her look and it turns out that was deliberate. I guess if they used her likeness they'd have to pay her money."

Usually they will only use the likeness if the star signs on with the project, many won't because the star is either way to big to get money wise, or they have no interest in reprising the role in any form once the film/tv project is over, such as the Men in Black cartoon,The Real Ghostbusters etc, even though they had the same names as the characters they didn't resemble at all the actors that portrayed them.

The Buffy video game character only vaguely resembled SMG as well, I am guessing she didn't go in and sit down for a computer scan of her face for it, though I am sure she got a good little royalty from using her image on the box, I guess if they paid SMG enough they could have used the likeness, but with the cost of animation as it is, better off just making her generic looking..lol
In the first xbox game I'd agree with you that it didn't resemble her exactly but it was good. In the second one, it was really meant to look like her and they did a pretty good job.

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