(He places his hands on Sora's shoulders as magic falls everywhere. In his lab, Dr. Finkelstein is still working on his latest creation. He pulls the switch and the lab table erupts with electricity. It swirls around inside his robot, but the machine just sits there. The doctor spins around in his wheelchair)
Finkelstein: There's nothing wrong with my design---it's flawless. There must be something wrong with the parts those imbeciles brought me. I need to find better assistants.
(He rolls over to the desk, where the familiar heart-shaped container is located. The experiment's head turns to look at him. The doctor thinks he hears something and considers moving his wheelchair. He whirls it around suddenly when something attacks him. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy arrive in the Hinterlands and see dozens of present scattered around the forest floor)
(Jack, still in his Sandy Claws outfit, is picking them up)
Jack: Perfect timing, gentlemen! Lend me a hand, won't you? These presents must belong to Sandy Claws. So I thought I'd better return them.
Sora (crossing his arms): You just happened to find them?
Jack: Of course, Sora. I'm finished with Christmas fantasies. You know that.
Sora: But...You thought you'd hold on to the suit?
Jack: What, this? It's just a costume. And Sally worked so very hard making it! Come on. We've got work to do!
(They walk to Santa's House with the presents)
(They place them on the table)
Santa: Wherever did you find these?
(He takes the present from Jack's hands)
Jack: In Halloween Town. You'll be needing them for Christmas, right, Sandy?
Santa: Of course. But these are just a few of the Christmas presents that were stolen.
(They look at Jack, who scratches his head)
Jack: Oh, Sandy... You don't think it was ME?
Santa: Still wearing the outfit, I see.
Jack: I just thought I'd dress for the occasion. But if you don't believe me, then we'll just have to find out who really did it!
Santa: Very well, I'll leave it to you.
Jack: All right, Sora, Donald, Buu, Goofy! We're off!
(He points to the door and starts to leave. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy slump in defeat. They hear a crash from the Toy Factory. They run to the second floor Wrapping Room and find Lock, Shock, and Barrel in amongst the toys)
(Lock tosses away a sailboat. Barrel looks at a stuffed bear)
Barrel: This looks good.
(Barrel tosses the bear away)
Lock: This one?
Barrel: No way!
(The three miscreants look up and see them)
Majin Buu: So YOU three took them!
Shock: Took what?
Jack: You stole the presents, didn't you!
Lock: It wasn't us!
Shock (taking off her mask): It really sounds like fun!
(She puts her mask back on and they start to run away)
Lock, Shock, & Barrel: Run for it!
(Sora quickly locks the kids in boxes, then interrogates them)
Sora: Where'd you put the presents?
Shock: We told you! We don't have 'em!
Donald: Then why are you in here!?
Lock: We're looking for parts for the experiment.
Lock: Dr. Finkelstein's making us a friend!
Barrel: One we get to boss around!
Jack: It's true the doctor's been hard at work making SOMETHING lately...
Lock: Besides, Christmas presents are boring. Not scary or gross... So what good are they?
Lock: There's nothing fun here. Let's go back to Halloween Town!
(The three of them leave. Sora, Donald, Buu, Jack, and Goofy meet with Santa Claus)
Santa: So, were those pranksters responsible for taking the gifts?
Jack: It doesn't look like it.
Santa: Then that means...
(Sally runs in)
Sally: Oh, thank goodness! You're all here.
Sora: Is something wrong?
Sally: The Heartless are back in the town square. I thought you should know.
Sora: That's our cue!
Donald: Back to Halloween Town!
(They start to leave)
Jack: But wait! What about finding the gift-napper?
Sally: Actually... The Heartless were playing with some presents when I saw them...
Jack (pointing): Aha! We have our culprits!
(They run to Halloween Town Square and find the Mayor yelling at the Heartless)
Mayor: You! You can't be here! Leave Halloween Town, by order of the mayor!
(The Heartless are busy playing with presents)
Mayor: Somebody? Anybody! I'm only an elected official---I can't handle this by myself.
Jack: Sally was right. We've got to get the presents!
(Sora gets out his Keyblade and defeats the Heartless, retrieving the presents. Jack sees an open present lying on the ground, though, he steps on the doll and picks up the box)
Jack: What a shame! It looks like it was such a nice present.
Sora (seeing the doll beneath Jack's boot): Uh, Jack---
(The door to Dr. Finkelstein's lab opens and the doctor wheels himself out, rubbing his head)
Finkelstein: Oh, help! Someone help me! My latest experiment is gone---it's been stolen!
(They follow the doctor inside)
Finkelstein: I was just sitting here brainstorming, when all of a sudden I was attacked! I collapsed! And when I awoke, my experiment was gone!
Jack: Don't worry, Doctor---we know who took it.
Sora: The Heartless.
Finkelstein: What, those wretched things? Preposterous! This was nothing like a Heartless.
Sora: Not the Heartless, huh...
Donald: Who else could it be?
Jack: Say, I have an idea. The thief must like Christmas present. So... We place irresistible gifts about to draw him into a trap.
Finkelstein: And this miscreant is the same one who stole my experiment?
Jack: That's right.
Sora: How will we know for sure?
Jack: Well, now, that's easy! We'll scare a confession right out of him!
Sora: What do you say we go with Jack's plan...just for now?
Jack: Let's get to Sandy's house posthaste! We've got to make some Christmas presents, quickly!
(They return to Santa's House)
Santa: Have you found the presents yet?
Jack: Almost, Mr. Claws!
Sora: We're going to reel in the thief with Christmas presents as bait.
Jack: Would you mind if we used your factory to create a few presents?
Santa: Presents as bait? Goodness...I don't like the sound of that.
(Jack scratches his head)
Santa: Just this once, I suppose. It's for a good cause... All right, use the second floor. And put some heart in it.
(They ascend the stairs in the Toy Factory to the Wrapping Room and find an elf)
Elf: You're going to make presents, right? You can use this machine.
Sora: Let's make it!
(They quickly make 100 decoy presents)
Donald: All done!
Jack: Not quite.
Goofy: There's more?
Jack: Don't worry, I'll take care of the rest.
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy return to Santa's House)
Santa: Did you finish making the presents?
Sora: Yup, just waiting for Jack.
Goofy: So, uh, where do you think we oughta leave them?
Santa: Oh, I know a good spot. Whenever you're ready just say the word.
Jack (walking in): I'm back!
Santa: Now then, are you all set?
Sora: Yes. Let's go!
(They walk outside to Candy Cane Lane, where Santa unlocks the doors to the Christmas Tree Plaza)
Santa: This plaza should work well for your plan. Now, Jack...what IS your plan?
Jack: I've got it all figured out.
Santa: You do...
Jack: Of course! And I also have a wonderful idea. If we catch the thief for you, I would be honored to deliver the---
Sora (covering Jack's mouth): And on that note, we'll be going.
Jack: What are you doing? Let me go!
(They lead Jack to the plaza. Sora let's go of Jack's mouth and pats Jack's shoulder. Jack looks unhappy. After they enter the Christmas Tree Plaza...)
Donald: Stop kicking!
Goofy: It's not me, Donald.
Majin Buu: It was me, sorry.
Jack: Patience, friends.
(There are dozens of presents scattered around one giant present with a bow. Donald scuffles around inside the box)
Donald: I said cut it out!
Majin Buu: Sorry.
Goofy: Gawrsh, was that you?
Sora: How come we have to be the bait?
Jack: Good plan, eh?
(Dr. Finkelstein's experiment seems to be walking on it's own towards the presents. It picks up one and sees the giant one. It walks closer. Sora, Donald, Buu, Goofy, and Jack pop out of the box)
(They see only the experiment)
(It twirls it's arm around)
Jack: Doctor Finkelstein's experiment did it!
(They fight the doctor's experiment)
Jack: We did it! The mystery is solved!
(Santa arrives in his sleigh)
Santa: Did you catch the thief?
Sora: I just can't figure out why the doctor's experiment would go around stealing Christmas presents.
Santa: His experiment?
Jack: The thief! It was a moving puppet made by Doctor Finkelstein.
Santa (walking up to it): Hmm... The doctor's made a moving puppet? I see... He is always tinkering with things. Now listen, Jack. I'd like to thank you, and while delivering presents is something only I can do, I can give you an idea of what it's like.
Jack (ecstatic): Sandy Claws!
(He leaps into the sleigh)
Santa: Yes, all that poor puppet wanted was a heart.
(Jack rides off in the sleigh)
Jack: Ho! Ho! Ho!
(They return to Halloween Town Square)
Finkelstein: Interesting! So the puppet wasn't stolen after all! It ran away on its own! In other words, my experiment was an overwhelming success!
Sora: Santa Claus thinks maybe it left because it was trying to find a heart.
Finkelstein: That's quite possible. Unlike my Sally, it wasn't equipped with a heart.
(The doctor spins his wheelchair around and rides off)
Sora: But if it wanted a heart, why was it going around stealing all those Christmas presents?
Sally: Maybe because...presents are a way to give your heart to someone special.
Sora: Hmm...when you put it that way, I feel sort of bad for it.
(The hear the sound of ringing bells and Jack drops out of the sky. They see Santa in his sleigh flying up near the moon)
Santa: Happy Halloween!
(It starts to snow)
Sally: What a nice present.
Jack: I don't understand. There's no box! No ribbon tied in a bow!
Sora: Jack, it's not about the box or the ribbons. It's about what's inside the box!
Sally: No, Sora. What really counts---what's really special---is the act of giving the gift. To wish deep in your heart to make someone else happy.
Jack: Right...of course! Thank you, Sally, you're absolutely right. Wait! What's this? I feel so strange...so very happy!
Goofy: Jack, that must be Sally's present!
Jack: Really? This wonderful feeling?
(He takes her hands in his)
Jack: Oh, Sally! You've given me the nicest present in the world! And I've nothing to give you in return. What would you like? Just name it. Absolutely anything.
Sally: The nicest present I could ever ask for, Jack, is just to be with you.
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy are feeling a little bashful)
Jack: You don't even have to ask for that.
(Jack picks Sally up and jumps. They dance, hand in hand)
Sora: Maybe I never gave her a real present after all.
Majin Buu: Kairi of course.
Goofy: Aw, I bet Kairi would like most anything you gave her.
Sora: I know. That's what made it so hard to decide.
Donald: It's not the gift, it's what's in your heart!
Sora: My heart...
Majin Buu: You bet, Kairi's like Sally!
Goofy: Well, as long as she can be with you, what else does she need?
(They watch as Jack and Sally dance. Sora pictures himself and Kairi dancing, Kairi laughing. Sora smiles and chuckles. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy return to the Gummi Ship. Sora pilots the Gummi Ship back to the Pride Lands. They walk through the Savannah and run into Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed)
Shenzi: Oh, it's you guys. Man, we were hoping you were a meal.
Banzai: Don't gimme any of that "hiya" stuff! Thanks to you clowns, we're back to scavenging scraps for a living.
Shenzi: C'mon, it's not that bad. I enjoyed that week-dead elephant we had yesterday.
Sora: Hey, how's Simba?
Banzai: We gotta laugh every time we hear that dude's name.
Shenzi: Ooh. Say it again!
Shenzi (laughing): One more time!
(All three laugh)
Sora: That's enough!
Shenzi: Go on then, see for yourself. Simba is one wishy-washy king.
(They walk away)
Banzai: Yeah, I bet about now, even some of those high and mighty lionesses were wishin' they'd gotten themselves a different king.
Goofy: Gawrsh, whaddya think coulda happened?
Sora: Well, let's go find Simba and see.
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy reach Pride Rock and see a large darkness. An image of Scar appears through the darkness)
(He runs to it, but it disappears)
Majin Buu: A ghost?
Goofy: We better tell Simba about this. Wonder if he's up there...
(They proceed up Pride Rock)
Lioness: Have you come to see Simba?
Sora: We saw Scar's ghost!
Lioness: An omen like that could only be foretelling the end of our pride. Yet... King Simba won't do a thing. I guess just being the son of the great King Mufasa doesn't necessarily mean he's ready to rule the kingdom himself.
Sora: Trust me, Simba will think of something.
Lioness: The time for thinking is past. We need him to take action---as his father would have done. He ruled with courage and pride. I remember it like yesterday... The mighty Mufasa...
Sora: Simba'll do all that, too. You'll see!
Lioness: I'm not so sure.
(The lioness leaves)
Sora: Wait here. I want to talk to Simba.
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy enter the King's Den)
Simba: You came back...
Donald: Are you okay?
Goofy: You don't look so good.
Sora: Hey, Simba. Why don't we team up and do something about that Scar ghost? Seems like everybody's worried about it. So, now's your big chance to show 'em what you're really made of!
Simba (growling): That doesn't concern you!
(He calms down when he sees their worried faces)
Sora: It's okay.
Simba: I just wish I knew what my father would do.
Majin Buu: But he's not here, Simba. It's all up to you now. And that means the important thing is what you're gonna do being the king. Not what your father woulda done.
Simba: So you're saying...it's all up to me...
Sora: See, there ya go!
Timon & Pumbaa: Exactly!
Timon: We know your dad was a great king, and all. But now it's your turn. Remember what I taught ya. "You gotta put the past behind you." It's time to go out there and show everybody things are gonna be just fine!
Sora: Yeah, you can do it!
Timon: You gotta live for today!
Pumbaa (swinging his head): And find your own path!
Simba: Live for today... And find my own path... not my father's...
Sora: That's it!
Nala (walking up to him): I'm glad to hear you say that, Simba.
Nala: Promise me you'll help Simba any way you can.
Timon: As long as Sora handles the dangerous parts!
Nala: I'm counting on you, Simba...and so is our baby.
(Simba and the others stand defiantly)
Timon: Great! Now we're going to have to babysit!
Simba: Let's go see Rafiki first. I'm sure he'll be able to tell us something about that ghost.
(They walk to the Stone Hollow)
Rafiki: Oh ho ho! The king---he is ready to be king?
Simba: I think so.
Majin Buu: Can you tell us about Scar's ghost?
Rafiki: Oh, yes...the ghost. A being with no body. It is created when the evil heart of Scar meets the hesitating heart of Simba.
Rafiki: Ohhhh... You thought you were not?
Goofy: Gawrsh, that ghost sounds just like a Heartless.
Sora: Hmm, I don't know.
Rafiki: You're right, you don't. But you do know it is upsetting. And it is upsetting the hearts of everybody in the Pride Lands. You may not know what it is, but it still IS. This world, it is full of many such things. And these things, a king must face. It is the test that has been set for you, Simba.
Simba: That's all? Come on. You have to tell us more about the ghost...
Rafiki: No, not today! But the hyenas in the elephant graveyard may know more. Does not matter, though. There is little the Simba of late can do.
Sora: Aw, don't say that! Not when he's ready to try!
Rafiki: In his head, perhaps...but what about his heart?
Simba: Forget it, Sora. Let's head for the elephant graveyard.
(They run across the Savannah and enter the Elephant Graveyard and see several fires and the hyenas)
Donald: Hey you!
Banzai: Aw, c'mon, can't you guys just leave us alone?
Simba: Do you three know anything about Scar's ghost?
Shenzi: Huh? Scar's ghost?
Sora: You DO know.
(The hyenas run throughout the graveyard, just waiting to be caught)
Banzai: Oh no... I guess you caught us ALL.
Shenzi: What're we gonna do?
Simba: Tell me about Scar's ghost!
Banzai: Sorrrry. We don't know nothin'.
Shenzi: Ooh, wait! It's coming back to me! That's the one who only hangs out around fraidy cats. Right, Banzai?
(Ed laughs as the ghost appears behind them)
Banzai: And there it is.
Shenzi: Must be a fraidy cat around here somewhere!
Sora: Simba! Do something!
Scar: How does it feel to be king, hmm? Why, you must be a truly inspiring ruler by now.
(Simba starts to back away)
Scar: After all, you ARE the son of the great Mufasa.
(Simba runs away)
Sora: Where are you going?
Scar: Ah, Simba...running away as always.
(The ghost vanishes. The three hyenas laugh and leave)
Goofy: Gawrsh, Rafiki was right.
Sora: You mean, Simba's still unsure?
Goofy: Seems like. Do ya think there's some way we can help?
Majin Buu: Hmm... We should start by talking to Simba some more. Let's head back to the Pride Lands.
(They return to Pride Rock)
Nala: Where's Simba?
Sora: Well, uh...
Rafiki: Oh ho ho! He ran away! I knew it would not be easy for him. To face his fears, he must go somewhere where the only thing to think of is what to do, not what others think of him.
Sora: Why didn't you just say so?
Donald: But where's Simba now?
Timon: Hey, I know! He's at the oasis. It's our favorite hangout!
Sora: Got it! Let's check it out.
Pumbaa: I'll lead the way!
Timon: Oh, no you won't! Simba'll smell you coming a mile away. And if he's smart, he'll run for the hills!
(They hurry to the Jungle. Simba is dreaming in the Oasis. He wakes up suddenly)
Wolf: Hmm. It seems even your dads abandoned you. How sad.
Simba: Who are you?
Wolf: Names Wolf, and I have a message to deliver you from Scars ghost.
(Simba whirls around and growls. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy walk in and see Simba with Wolf. Simba is backing away toward the cliff, Wolf pressing forward. A very familiar scene)
(They run up, Wolf turns to see them, and then runs off)
Goofy: Simba are you okay?
Simba: Yeah, Im alright.
Goofy: What was that thing?
Sora: Im guessing another one of Dragos goons.
Simba: It's no use. I'll never be the king my father was.
Majin Buu: But Simba... That's not what you're supposed to be. You can't be Mufasa. You can only be you. Everybody believes in you as a king. They just want to see what you'll do. And if anyone's saying they liked your father better, it's because you haven't done much yet. That's all.
Simba: I know that.
Majin Buu: Then stop moping and DO something!
Simba: I can't!
Majin Buu: ...Fine.
Majin Buu: Let's go, guys.
Sora: Yeah. Why stick around if he's not even gonna try?
(Sora and Donald start to leave. Goofy stays there)
Sora: C'mon Goofy!
(Goofy slowly follows them. The ghost appears again. Sora, Donald, Buu and Goofy hide behind a log)
Majin Buu (as the ghost): The hesitant king will one day lose all his friends.
Donald (as the ghost): King Simba the doubtful...
Goofy (as the ghost): Worried by a silly ol' ghost...
Sora (as the ghost): Ooh, Simba the do-nothing king...
(Simba glares at the ghost)
Majin Buu (as the ghost): Try and stop me!
(Simba leaps at Scar's ghost and it vanishes. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy run in)
Sora: You did it! The ghost is gone!
Donald: We knew you could do it!
Goofy: Hooray for Simba!
Simba: You know, I'm really lucky to have friends who'll stand by me...and help me see clearly. My father...wasn't so fortunate.
Sora: There you go again.
Simba: I mean... Everyone here, and in the Pride Lands, wants me to succeed. Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy. Pumbaa, Timon, Rafiki...Nala. You all want what's best for me. But my father always had Scar lurking behind his back, trying to cut him down. I've got to make the most of my blessings, and rebuild this kingdom.
Sora: Are you gonna say it, or do it?
Simba: Wait and see.
(Timon runs in)
Timon: Simba! Come quick! There's a bazillion ghosts of Scar haunting the Pride Lands! Everybody but Nala high-tailed it out of there. And now she needs your help.
(Simba starts to run back to Pride Rock)
Timon: Our little Simba...all grown up and finding his place in the world...
Simba: Nice try. You're coming, too!
(The rest of them join Simba and they run back to the Pride Lands. Pumbaa is standing between Nala and Wolf in total fright)
Sora: We're here!
Nala: Where's Simba?
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy turn around, bowing as Simba walks through them)
Simba: I've come back, Nala.
(Wolf walks toward Simba and stares at him)
Simba: Get out!
(Wolf runs off)
Sora: Way to go, Simba!
(Simba and Nala embrace, until dark energy clashes in the Savannah)
Simba: Are you with me?
Sora: Now and forever, Your Majesty!
(Sora, Donald, Buu, and Goofy bow. They run to the Savannah. The dark energy gathers and forms an unbelievably large Heartless, the Groundshaker, and Wolf on top of the Heartless. Sora and Simba defeat the large Heartless and Wolf, the Heartless disappears, and Wolf goes throught a opened portal. Later, they meet on Pride Rock)
Sora: Simba seems fine now.
Rafiki: Ha! The king has returned! The Pride Lands will not forget King Simba's courage. Or the courage of those who fought beside him.
Simba: Do you think your quest will ever be over?
Sora: I don't know... But I think, as long as the Keyblade stays with me... I'll have to keep fighting.
Rafiki: Ahh... The struggle never ends. That is the great Circle of Life.
Sora: Never ever?
Rafiki: The secret to victory...is a strong heart.
(He points to the sky. They look up)
Rafiki: Go on, go on, go---go then!
Rafiki: Go on, get out! Yes, yes! It is time! Your fight continues...
(He holds up his staff)
Sora: Till we meet again, Your Majesty.
Simba: I hope that's soon.
Sora: It will be! So long!
-To Be Continued-