What We Learned From the Failed American Version of 'Sailor Moon'

What We Learned From the Failed American Version of 'Sailor Moon' ...

Another piece of lost media footage that is no longer exists, is missing, or otherwise unavailable to the public might be released in 2022. Just this June, the famous "banned episode" of Sesame Street featuring Margaret Hamilton reprising her Wicked Witch character from The Wizard of Oz, deemed too terrifying for children, resurfaced online.

The Sailor Moon, which was first published worldwide in 1991, was adapted and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. Along with her fellow Sailor Scouts and her boyfriend Mamoru, she fights enemies in the hope of maintaining peace throughout the galaxy. In 2014, a reboot of the series, Sailor Moon Crystal, began airing.

Saban Entertainment decided to go with the current anime. Seeing how great Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had become, the company contacted two studios to create a pilot version; it was attended with outrage and outcry, and the film was approved by both Sailor Moon enthusiasts and the general anime-watching public.

Ray Mona, a YouTuber/documentarian who produced a video in March tracing both Sailor Moon's rise and its failure in North America, was unaware that this was just the start of the second video revealing the complete pilot's findings (dubbed "Saban Moon") at the Library of Congress.

The live-action portion of the film is choppy and cheap-looking, and apart from Barbeau and Britt, the voice-overs are blatant and lifeless. Is the story about the girls going on a different journey when they meet their animated counterparts? What does all of this indicate?

Fortunately, this version of the original Japanese series never went into production, being adapted and broadcasted on Fox Kids and Cartoon Network, keeping the brand's legacy intact and captivating multiple generations of viewers throughout the world. However, "Saban Moon" provides an interesting glimpse into a possible future.