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Interviews | Jane Espenson
Buffy: The Animated Series

Picture I gather you’ve written some scripts for the animated show. What's the style of the show going to be?

I’ve written two scripts for the animated Buffy. One is called Teeny and one is called Food Fight. Steve DeKnight, one of the other writers, has written one and is in the process of writing a second one and the show’s executive producer Jeff Loeb has written one.

These are all with Joss supervision and they’re coming out great, they’re really a blast to write. They’re a half hour (long) so we’re writing them just like Buffy scripts, we’re breaking them like Buffy scripts, except it’s just the humour and the horror. It doesn’t have the angst, they don’t have a arc, because in animation it’s very hard to predict the order in which the episodes are going to air.

They tend to air them all higgledy-piggledly, so you can’t really develop a realty strong arc and what’s going to happen next week. It’s much more self contained episodes, so they’re like my favourite episodes of Buffy. They’re like the stand-alone episodes. Something crazy happens that affects our people, let’s see what it does.

They’re just as metaphorical and strong and themic as regular Buffy, but without all the tears.



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