Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series was one of the many failed Buffy spin-off projects. The show was developed in 2001 by franchise creator Joss Whedon and famous comic book writer Jeph Loeb, and boasted the involvement of almost the entire original cast, with the notable exception of lead player Sarah Michelle Gellar. Yes, the poor girl thought this was actually something which could hurt her career. Buffy Summers would instead have been voiced by the girl who does her in the video games, which is a shame since she sounds immensely annoying. The show would have taken place late in Season 1 of the live-action series, but bafflingly, no channel was willing to air what looks like it could have been a sure-fire hit, and the above 2004 presentation is the only animation that came out of it.
It’s really a shame, since this short segment is really good (aside from Buffy’s voice) and it’s amazing how many failed projects surrond the Buffyverse. There was that Faith show, the Giles prequel TV-movie Ripper, the Spike TV-movie, the Slayer School TV show,… All of these never got off the “pitch” stage. With a property as beloved as Buffy, you’d think it would be easy to get projects on their feet, but no, the franchise instead lives on solely in comic books, novels, and video games. Everything is possible though, and you can go here to sign a petition demanding for The Animated Series to be produced.