The lights are on
Imagi Animation, the studio behind the 2007 TMNT and 2009 Astro Boy, wanted to make a Zelda movie, and it created a pitch video to show off its intentions.
Obviously, the film didn't movie forward. The pitch was directed by animator Adam Holmes, who posted the video on his online portfolio. You can check out the full video by heading here, as well as a comparison video showing off the storyboarding and final product below.
[Source: Adam Holmes via Kotaku and Joystiq]
Our TakeThis short film is exciting, and it gives the Zelda universe an interesting art direction, but I don't want to see a Zelda animated film – or any Zelda film for that matter. I just don't see a game about exploration and environmental puzzle solving translating well into the film space. Combat could certainly translate well into a movie, but since that is the only aspect that would, a Zelda film would probably focus on that far too much, turning Link into Jedi with a steel blade.
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It was all good until Ganondorf appeared. That and what was it they were fighting exactly?
those sound effects and music were awful lol so terrible
didn't care for the character designs myself. Link was too stringy and Gannon was too... well, anglo (no offense). I prefer his Gerudo look much more.
Thank goodness it didn't get made...
Link was too much on the skinny side for me. Aside from the look, done right a Zelda movie could be pretty cool. I certainly like the idea of an animated Zelda movie better than a live action one.
I don't want any Zelda movie. I think it would turn out awful, Zelda is my all time favorite game series and I don't want to see it ruined like that awful mario movie
Also, I may be the only one, but I instantly thought of Star Wars: The Clones War instead of TMNT
Looks really cool.
No thank you
the good parts of a game are about playing the game, imo. some games have great stories, but that really has nothing particularly to do with being a game. the story could be told by a book, film, episodic television series, etc. I really don't think that game play can be translated into cinematic film very well. the story of zelda is pretty bland (but that's what makes it a good game; it's a japanese, campy, self-aware trope of rescuing a princess and saving the kingdom in a somewhat high-fantasy setting loaded with quirks). Just putting the simple story and the quirkiness on a screen really wouldn't make a good movie. I wish people would stop trying to make game movies in general, it flat-out just doesn't work.
Nintendo already released a trailer for their movie years ago...
It looks as if I could have been a Cartoon Network show but not a film for theaters.
agreed. All the pretty moments, like riding epona, fishing and wandering around, using the hookshot as much as possible-- these are what spice the world of zelda and link, but they are not what fit into the big stupid hollywood machine. Movies suck-- A LOT of them are just garbage. It's like radio music that has been given much more money for CG and crap. BLAHKP
But the art style in the teaser reminded me too much of failed American Sat.Morning cartoons. THAT'S A LINK IMPOSTOR WHO HAS PROBLEMS WITH SCHOOL LIIIIFFE!
That was quite lame.
Looks good. Kinda reminds me of the concept art a Pixar animator drew up of what a Justice League movie would look like if Pixar made it.
No thanks, Kyle is right, I don't think a movie could do this property justice.
For some reason this doesn't look like Zelda to me, I can't pin down why though.
you're all idiots with an obvious lack of knowledge of film history