Watch: 'Legend of Zelda' Animated Movie Pitch from Imagi Studios

August 5, 2013
Source: Kotaku

The Legend of Zelda

For many years, fans have been waiting for Hollywood to bring The Legend of Zelda video game series from Nintendo to the big screen, but it just hasn't happened. Even after interest surged following an impressive but fake live-action trailer that IGN posted on April Fool's Day, a film version of the popular fantasy game hasn't come to fruition. However, that doesn't mean there haven't been attempts to make it happen. In fact, Imagi Studios, the animation company behind the films Astro Boy and most recent TMNT, crafted a pitch reel for an animated movie adaptation in 2007, and now that video is online. Watch!

Here's Imagi Studios pitch reel for a Legend of Zelda movie found on Kotaku (via SlashFilm):

Former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes posted the video online, and as of now, it's about as close as fans will get to a real Zelda movie. Nintendo has been known to be very stingy about their proprietary characters like Mario, Samus from Metroid, Kirby and more, and with this project, the film fell apart in the development stage because the video game company ended up turning it down. Honestly, the pitch doesn't look all that amazing, despite some decent animation taking cues from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess designs, so maybe it's all for the better. Still, can someone make a Zelda movie happen?

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  • TJW
    Yeah, honestly it just looks like a really good cut scene
  • David Diaz
    I'm not surprised Nintendo didn't go for this either.
  • Nick
    Everyone knows Link can't jump...
    • Spirre
      Ever played Links Awakening or Links Adventure? (you don't seem to know, what everyone knows)
      • Nick
        You seem to have made yourself the King Nerd. Congrats for being born in '79.
  • toonfed
    Looks so regular, Imagi needs extra time to work on his character design, not recicle bodies from the TNMT animated movie
  • C.j. Irving
    They need to make a Live-Action Zelda based on the Ocarina of Time game for Nintendo 64!
  • jpeters1138
    I hated TMNT. The cartoonish art style would work if it at least looked sophisticated, but their stuff all looks like a crappy for television CG. If Zelda was going animated, I'd pretty much say go for Pixar. They'd make it beautiful and relevant. And they know how to make something that adults and kids can enjoy. This pitch is obviously not something an adult could sit through, much less a fan.
  • player2aj
    I would say Nintendo could probably do a better LoZ movie in house.
  • Jon Chamberlain
    My problem with the trailer was that they clearly used character models from TMNT. Ganandorf looked a lot like Patrick Stewart's character with a slight orange tinge. Why can't anybody get the villain right? Even in the IGN trailer it was clear the make-up artist and the actor doesn't quite understand him. :/ It was exciting to see though, I have been waiting so long I would pay to see this just so I could say I have seen a zelda movie. 😀
  • Chris
    Apart from a few token motifs, this is far too generic. Just seems soulless.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    They should totally do a cel-animated movie. I just feel like that world would benefit best from hand drawn backgrounds and animation. Leave CG for a Kirby/Mario movie and live action for Metroid (drool....)
  • TheOct8pus
    No wonder it wasn't picked up. It's totally generic and unoriginal. Nothing about it makes you want more
  • Ima Catt
    i don't get why they even try.




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