Though Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series “Firefly” was cancelled after one season almost 14 years ago, its cult fandom rages on well into this decade. Since the series ended in 2002, there has been the feature-length film continuation “Serenity,” as well as a series of comics and even a role-playing game, but the fans are a major part of keeping the series alive in the cultural memory. Case in point: Artist and fan Stephen Byrne recently created a short animated tribute to the series entitled “The Animated Adventures of Firefly Teaser,” featuring the entire Serenity crew. It’s garnered over 250,000 views and earned the seal of approval from star Nathan Fillion. Watch the teaser below, as well as a production diary created two years prior.
Set in 2517, “Firefly” follows the adventures of the renegade Serenity crew who live on the fringes of society smuggling goods, evading warring factions, and keeping out of the eye of authority agents. It was created and produced by Joss Whedon, who also created the popular series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” its spinoff “Angel,” “Dollhouse,” and currently “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Whedon has also directed “The Avengers” and its sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as a low-budget adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
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“Firefly” is currently available to stream on Netflix. For more of Stephen Byrne’s artwork, visit his Facebook page.