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Animated Short Film Shows The Zelda Movie Pitch That Never Made It

by Kyle Hilliard on Aug 03, 2013 at 06:24 AM

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 Take
This 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.