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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' returns in fan-made animated trailer

Animator pays tribute to Buffy, Spike, Angel, Willow, Dawn, Tara, Xander, Giles and more characters from Joss Whedon's hit TV series "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer."

Buffy and her demon-hunting friends in animated form. Screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series may have been feeding their hunger for more thrilling adventures by way of the Dark Horse comics series. But now a talented fan has posted a homage to the series with a trailer for "The Animated Adventures of Buffy."

Dublin-born, Seattle-based animator Stephen Byrne created this whimsical homage Buffy and her monster-busting pals with a trailer for an animated series we all wish was real.

This isn't the first time Byrne give animated accolades to his favorite TV shows. Previously, Byrne also made a

"After finishing the Doctor Who animation and seeing the positive reaction, I wanted to do something similar but spend more time polishing it and putting more time into the animation," Byrne told Crave. "No other TV show has impacted me as much as Buffy so it seemed like the logical choice for me."

Byrne's trailer for "The Animated Adventures of Buffy" takes place after the last season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended in 2003. The trailer features "the original Scoobies plus whoever was left standing at the end of the show," Byrne told Crave.

Even familiar ghosts get an animated tribute. Screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

"Ghost Tara was a last minute addition just because I have a great deal of affection for that character," Byrne told Crave. "I think the hardcore Buffy fans have appreciated the Easter eggs I put in."

There was an official "Buffy the Animated Series" greenlit by 20th Century Fox in 2002, which would have taken place during Season 1. However the animated series never went past the initial pilot, and Whedon announced the series as head in 2005. The trailer for the official "Buffy the Animated Series" pilot still makes the rounds online.

"I was definitely inspired by the existing animated short episode," Byrne told Crave. "That thing got me very excited about the potential of a Buffy animated series and it broke my heart a little bit that they decided not to make it. I would have loved to see more Buffy in that format. But this is just my fan art for my favorite show."