A live action Sailor Moon for a Western audience was to have Serena in a very Saved by the Bell-campy show that would switch over to animation when she changed into her Sailor Moon persona.
Check it out:
This looks like a Debbie Gibson video, but honestly, if you remember back to this era of television, everything aimed at this demographic looked pretty similar to this.
Yeah, it was a good idea to can this horrible concept. They made Power Rangers work without animating the Ranger parts, but this would have been creepy. The only live action Sailor Scouts I need are cosplayers (except maybe that jolly fella with the beard.) I was dragged into watching Sailor Moon because my wife was secretly obsessed with it. I saw it for what it was, and there was some fun there, but just not my cup of tea.
Still, I am glad they went with creative editing and english dubs.