Anytime there is a discussion of shows that were cancelled too soon, the show Firefly always shows up. The Joss Whedon creation was a blend of science fiction and western, without any aliens, and it was yanked off the air before half a season was through. The fanbase for the show was so huge that there was the Serenity film that reunited the original cast, but that was essentially it except for the comic books. However, there could be an animated series with the original cast, if the fans speak loud enough.
It is possible that the cast would be up for a reunion, according to Uproxx. There is a piece of animation created by animator Stephen Byrne, and this could be a way that the hit science fiction franchise could live on.
According to Yahoo TV, there is a production diary that detailed all of the work in making this trailer, and that was two years ago. This means that it is going to take a while before anyone will see any more of this.
However, I think we will all agree that this is a proof of concept. That is, if whoever has the rights to Firefly wants to just fund an animated series, I can't see why it couldn't work. It would be a lot easier to get the original cast together to do vocal roles rather than all of them together for a reunion.
One of the issues with Firefly is that the Serenity movie wrapped up the main plotlines of the show very well. The show always dealt with the recurring plot of River Tam (Summer Glau), who had been saved by her brother Simon (Sean Maher). The crew of the Serenity had been harboring this fugitive for the entire show, but the movie took care of the charges against River, not to mention all of the recurring villains of the Reavers and the Alliance.
However, the fans of the show just want to see more of the Serenity crew exploring the universe, even though two of the cast members, Wash (Alan Tudyk) and Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), were killed off. I would imagine that it wouldn't be too hard to come up with new plotlines for this crew, and the comics are doing that already.
This is the time when I am going to talk about Firefly, because everyone talks about how Fox was so foolish as to pull it from airing. The issue is that why in the world did it not catch on in the first place? I mean, I realize that the Internet was somewhat young when the show debuted in 2002, but it was still the world's watercooler. Why is it that Mr. Robot and Empire were overnight successes, but Firefly was somehow just overlooked when it was on the air?
Perhaps this could easily be the fate of a Firefly animated show, but it would go well anywhere. I'm thinking the SyFy network on primetime.