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A Look At The Legend of Zelda Animated Series

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the yes-princess-of-course-princess-whatever-you-say dept.

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The site Gamers with Jobs has up an article discussing the merits of the Legend of Zelda TV series DVD set, and reflecting on the show itself. From the article: "As a rational inquirer who is interested in my own role in the world, I am forever bound to the task of describing just what factors make me what I am. I am therefore thankful for this DVD release; for I am indeed a product of my time, and, in spite of my more conscientious wishes otherwise, I cannot deny that this animated Zelda series represents an important formative component of my own personal history. For anyone who can say the same, the modest purchase is a no-brainer." Totally worth sitting through Captain Lou Albano for.

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RE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14670984)

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It has to be said... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14670990)

"Well excuuuuuse me, princess!"

Re:It has to be said... (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671143)

This isn't offtopic, it's Link's catch-phrase from the animated series. I remember being in second grade, and people using the "well, excuuuuuuse me" line, and thinking it was really funny.

Rewatching it, it just seems really - well, corny. But it's from the show, and one of the first things I thought of when I saw the article title. In fact, I'm kinda disappointed this isn't from the "well-excuuuuuse-me-princess dept."

Re:It has to be said... (1)

exick (513823) | more than 8 years ago | (#14679190)

It's possible that, depending on how old you are, the "Well, excuuuuuse me..." line was actually something people picked up from Steve Martin, not the Zelda cartoons.

However anyone who modded your comment off-topic doesn't deserve mod points. I picked up this DVD set a couple months ago and my wife and I sat through the whole thing during a weekend. Every once in a while, she'll bust out an "excuse me, princess!" and I'll die laughing. It's one of those things that goes from being something you don't notice to annoying to hilarious during the course of the series. If the show had run longer, it would have ventured back into annoying, but as it is, during the last 5-7 episodes, whenever Link drops that line, it's the highest of high comedy.

Oh, just you wait... (4, Funny)

demeteloaf (865003) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671024)

...since viewers never know for certain just whether Link and Zelda will finally get it on.

Twilight Princess "hot lon lon milk" hack, anyone?

Re:Oh, just you wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14671593)

There's also the hidden Lon Lon "Milk" Mini-Game [vgcats.com] . The less known about this one, the better.

Zelda II ending (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671074)

Having seen Link repeatedly try and fail to cop a snog off Zelda in this cartoon before acquiring Zelda II, I found the ending to that game (in which Link and Zelda seem to embrace, and ostensibly kiss, behind a curtain) oddly satisfying.

Re:Zelda II ending (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671087)

Warning! The above poster is British!

Re:Zelda II ending (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671133)

Born in Texas actually. I just like the euphony of the phrase "cop a snog".

Re:Zelda II ending (1)

cornface (900179) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671517)

Born in Texas actually. I just like the euphony of the phrase "cop a snog".

I live in Texas, and I can say with authority that if you use the word "euphony" in conversations about video game characters making out, you probably don't cop a lot of snogs.

Re:Zelda II ending (4, Funny)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672834)

If you post on Slashdot, you probably don't cop a lot of snogs. Lot of wanking, though. Bloody good fun, that.

Re:Zelda II ending (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 8 years ago | (#14675882)

Having seen Link repeatedly try and fail to cop a snog off Zelda in this cartoon before acquiring Zelda II, I found the ending to that game (in which Link and Zelda seem to embrace, and ostensibly kiss, behind a curtain) oddly satisfying.

Different Zelda. Zelda II takes place a couple of years after Zelda I, but the princess sleeping in the North Castle has been there for centuries. According to the Zelda II manual, after the wizard put the sleeping spell on her, a law was made that all Hyrule's princesses would henceforth be called Zelda.

By my count, there are at least three Zeldas around. There's Zelda (OoT) who established the Sages' Seal, Zelda (LttP) who was used by Agahnim to break it, and Zelda (LoZ). Zelda (AoL), the sleeping princess, is possibly but not certainly Zelda (LttP), and I'm assuming she is because three Zeldas ought to be enough for anybody.

Re:Zelda II ending (1)

UncleFriendly (953257) | more than 8 years ago | (#14681752)

There are more than three Zeldas. There are at least four, probably five.

Zelda 1 Zelda
Zelda 2 Zelda
ALTTP Zelda (could be same as above)
Ocarina of Time Zelda (long before ALTTP Zelda)
Wind Waker Zelda (between Ocarina and ALTTP)

There are at least four Links, too.

I found this a few days ago.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671086)

I found this a few days ago on google video and assumed it was some animation student's perverted joke. I really had never heard of this show at all, but it was so obviously a drug-induced giggling wank.
But it was actually real? It was intended as a children's show? wtf?

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14671249)

If you think it's bad, you should see what proceeded it. The Zelda cartoon was they payoff for sitting through a week of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a live-action mess that I couldn't get enough of growing up(hooray for childhood ignorance and bad taste). Each day they would have a regular Mario Bros. cartoon, and a preview of the upcoming Friday Zelda episode.

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672401)

I actually do remember (mildly) the Mario show. It was one of those things that I was aware of, but was never home at the exact time it was on- it was always a treat those two or three times I actually got to see it.

I also vaguely recall a show where a kid with a zapper.. did somethingorother.
Nintendo pretty much ruled the world at one point, I guess.

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (1)

Ruds (86067) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672833)

I think that was Captain N. Maybe it was on Saturdays? I remember there was something about Mother Brain, and maybe Kid Icarus too.

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14673982)

"Captain N" sounds familiar. The one episode I saw part of, something was going on with madusa. I did not recognize the game at all.

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (1)

Dark_Lord_Prime (899914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14674430)

That would've either been Kid Icarus or Castlevania, I think. She was a boss in both of them.

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (1)

thelonestranger (915343) | more than 8 years ago | (#14675934)

It had a supporting cast of Zelda, Link, Megaman, Simon Bellmont, Kid Icarus and a giant floating talking Gameboy. It was basicly a marketing medium for Nintendo products. Each episode featured bit parts from various characters from Nintendo games. I seem to remember the idea of the show was that Mother Brain, Egg Plant Wizard, Doctor Wiley and some boxer guy called King Hippo(from Punch Out I think) were trying to steal the Power Glove from the Palace of Power & Captain N some guy who got pulled through his TV screen with his dog Poltergeist style when playing a Nintendo game (let this be a warning to you, games are bad for your health) had to defend it using his Nintendo light gun and gaem pad that he could use to pause things.

Drug induced? (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672115)

You clearly haven't seen Jungle wa itsumo hare nochi Guu [wikipedia.org] then, or even BoBoBo [wikipedia.org] . Just peruse the whole category of Absurdist Fiction [wikipedia.org] and you'll have a whole 'nother idea what drug induced really means!

Re:Drug induced? (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672367)

There is a sharp contrast between "drug-induced giggling wank" and "absurdism". They are unrelated concepts. Just because you smoke too much before giggling and wanking to dada doesnt mean that "the absurd" is about your own personal giggling and wanking.

Re:Drug induced? (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672581)

Oh, but when I think of drugs I think more of LSD, or the kind to be had with a psychiatrists prescription. More to the case in point, when I think "drug-induced" I think the easiest way to come up with this stuff is by the altered consciousness that is to be had by so-called "mind-altering" drugs. Viewed in this light, the Zelda cartoons are rather tame.

Zelda cartoon was fair. Zelda CDi games were not. (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672703)

Actually, depending on just how bad the video was, what you may have actually seen was a clip from one of the two really badly animated Zelda CDi games. There was a third game too (for only God knows why reasons), but I've heard that it was differently animated. I dug up this thread on one of the games [zeldacentral.net] through Google Images.

I remember liking the Zelda cartoons when I was a kid. On the other hand, I remember liking Thundercats and Silverhawks, so I obviously had no freaking taste.

Re:Zelda cartoon was fair. Zelda CDi games were no (4, Informative)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14673969)

Re:Zelda cartoon was fair. Zelda CDi games were no (1)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677442)

Yup, that's the Zelda series we're talking about. Not the CD-i game, which I haven't seen live, but even the still were far more awful [geocities.com] than this series.

Re:Zelda cartoon was fair. Zelda CDi games were no (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677946)

Yeah... no, that's the TV series. Great. Another beloved childhood memory destroyed.
Were there ANY cartoons made in the 80s that don't cause agony to watch when you're older?

Take a WILD guess who's producing this? (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14673075)

Give up?

It's Sony [sonymusicstore.com] !

Re:I found this a few days ago.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14676206)

Hand in your Geek License. No, really.

Captain? (1)

radixvir (659331) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671092)

Totally worth sitting through Captain Lou Albano for

Wasnt that Super Mario Bros? I thought Zelda was in the half-hour block with Captain N and Super Mario Bros was a separate show

Re:Captain? (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671120)

The Super Mario Brothers Super Show was on 5 days a week. On Fridays, the zelda cartoons were replaced by Zelda, but the live-action sctick was the same.

It was either right before or after the DJ Kat Show, which I hated for no discernable reason.

Re:Captain? (4, Informative)

kravlor (597242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671199)

This particular Zelda cartoon was part of the Super Mario Bros show. SMB was on weekdays, with Fridays being a Zelda cartoon and the rest being SMB cartoons.

This is not to be confused with a few appearances on Captain N following the release of Zelda II, after the SMB cartoon was past its prime. The Captain N version featured the same voice for Link, IIRC.

Re:Captain? (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671888)

Captain N was a Saturday-morning cartoon, and the SMB/Zelda show was an after-school show.

Does anyone else remember the Mother Brain character on Captain N sounding like the Mammy character on the old Tom & Jerry cartoons? Not trying to be racist/insensitive/whatever, but wasn't she all "I don't know nothin' about birthin' no babbies!" in style of speech? Man, haven't thought about that show since 3rd grade or so...

Also, how about that Super Mario Brothers rap? Man, I remember singing/rapping that in unison with all the other kids on the schoolbus....good lord.

Mother Brain (2, Funny)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672362)

I always thought myself that the resemblance of Mother Brain to Tammy Faye Baker was striking.

Re:Mother Brain (1)

justchris (802302) | more than 8 years ago | (#14685995)

I always thought that was intentional.

dear god (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14671119)

Could they have written a more pretentious, self-absorbed, histrionic ass-kiss of a review? The quoted article text pretty much says it all.

Folks, it's A TV SHOW. About a VIDEO GAME. You're buying a DVD, not curing cancer or joining the Peace Corps.

Jesus. I liked the show too, but I'm not about to tell everybody what wide-reaching implications my purchase has for giving my life some meaning.

Nostalgia (1)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671126)

When I was a kid I used to hate it when Zelda interupted my Mario Bros show. That said, Zelda still brings back a good sense of nostalgia, and I'm sure my tastes have changed in the last 15 years or so (I actually somehow liked the Rambo game better than Zelda2 as a kid...).

PS: I also hated the live action part of the Mario Bros show even more. I'm sure I'm not alone there.

Re:Nostalgia (1)

Rethcir (680121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671990)

Well, we all know that the saturday morning Mario 3-themed cartoon was vastly superior to the Captain Lou affairs, anyway. See also the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon vs. the afterschool one (although they BOTH featured Jaleel White (aka Steve Urkel) as the voice of the title character).

Knowing yourself. (3, Funny)

Zangief (461457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671128)

As a rational inquirer who is interested in my own role in the world, I am forever bound to the task of describing just what factors make me what I am.

Note to self: Excessive introspection may be stopping me from achieving higger goals. I will study this idea later.

low on content? (2, Informative)

kevin.fowler (915964) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671148)

If I remember correctly, there are 13 episodes, all of which are rather short. I hope they take the road that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD's did, and have a $10 price point. I'm not going to shell out twice or three times that for pure nostalgia.

Someone call me when the Milli Vanilli episode of the Mario 3 cartoon is on DVD.

I agree. (4, Informative)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671187)

In this regard, the animated series can hardly be said to be unfaithful to the games on which it is based. Let's face it: the princess Zelda has always been a symbol of sexual desire, and the act of "rescuing" her is but a polite euphemism for sexual conquest. Insofar as the cartoon series recognizes these aspects of Zelda lore, it is only making explicit what had previously been confined to implicit snickering.

Heck yeah. I learned so many things from even the original Legend of Zelda. Among them are the following:

  1. Theft of wooden swords from old men are a good thing
  2. When at full strength, even you can defy the laws of gravity via sword throwing!
  3. Candles may at any time generate fireballs my size or larger. But only once...
  4. ...unless you have the red candle, which is infinitely funner.
  5. There are few costs to burning yourself repeatedly, other than the laws of gravity via sword throwing returning to your presence.
  6. There are no costs to blowing yourself up.
  7. If you ever need to choose between being stronger or being healthier... go with strength.
  8. The death of wild animals will make you rich!
  9. ...if you desire, rich to no end, except for the whole 255 rupee thing.
  10. I guess Link had an 8 bit pouch.
  11. Rafts are utterly useless.
  12. Ladders are effective for crossing decent sized bodies of water, but ineffected for climbing.
  13. Swords are cool, but pointy swords with handles that are at a 22 degree angle are even cooler!
  14. Attacking old men sometimes goes without consequence, but some other old men get cranky and have their pet statues throw fireballs at you.
  15. Beware of mountain paths.

Re:I agree. (2, Informative)

Lachryma (949694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671628)

# Theft of wooden swords from old men are a good thing
It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.

See also Wikiquote [wikiquote.org] .

Maybe this is best left in the past. (2, Interesting)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671284)

There are some cartoons I just LOVED from my youth that I've since realized are not quite as good as I remember them being. I downloaded some Captain N and Thundercats about a year ago and never realized just how bad those shows really were. I'd hate to see Zelda fall to that same fate. I'd like to remember Zelda as the cartoon that I fondly watched just before going to the video store for my weekly video game rental each Friday, not as I'd see it today if I watched it.

Re:Maybe this is best left in the past. (1)

cornface (900179) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671484)

I used to be a Thundercats fanatic. I think what I most enjoyed about them was that they followed a coherent* overall story progression if you watched them in order.

* Well, as coherent as a show about talking cats from outerspace fighting a mummy can be.

Re:Maybe this is best left in the past. (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672929)

Watch the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies. That will restore any faith you have lost. Forget about Silverhawks, though.

Re:Maybe this is best left in the past. (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14673089)

Oh, I own the GI Joe and Transformer movies and still love to watch both. I still use this line from the GI Joe movie any time it's appropriate:

Lt. Falcon: "You mean I have to walk?"
Sgt. Slaughter: "No! You can run!"

Re:Maybe this is best left in the past. (1)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 8 years ago | (#14675075)

Or, if you want to see G.I. Joes IN Transformers, go watch MASK.

(Credit to, uh... someone else for that one.)

Yahooligans! used to have episodes online... (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671382)

According to an old story [aqfl.net] I posted, Yahooligans! [aqfl.net] used to have episodes online. It appears Yahoo! [yahoo.com] took them and many other cartoon series down. :(

Gah (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671698)

It's scarry. I actually remember watching this series all those years ago. But I would rather know when Captain N and Voltron (among others) are coming out on DVD.

Oh come on (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 8 years ago | (#14671723)

Captain Lou Albano is more than worth sitting through Legend of Zelda for.

Re:Oh come on (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14673035)

You may actually be on to something. The Zelda cartoon was generic fantasy, missing almost all of the charm of the games. But Captain Lou in a Mario Costume trying to do an Italian accent, that's just gold man.

Re:Oh come on (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14674661)

But Captain Lou in a Mario Costume trying to do an Italian accent, that's just gold man.

It was a Brooklyn accent. The only time, pre-N64, that Mario was ever portrayed with an Italian accent was on a Monitor demo at the Super Scope 6 road show, where they had a tech demo of a floating talking Mario head (which reappeared on Super Mario 64).

Re:Oh come on (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14675080)

Really?

(Thinking back for confirmation: "Swing your hips..." "...do the Mario..." "...just like that...")

Okay, I've decided that I don't care enough you challenge you. I think I'd prefer to keep my neurons *alive*....

Re:Oh come on (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14675277)

Yep. Remember when Sgt Slaughter got cought on the Brooklyn bridge and took a shortcut.

Luigi: A shortcut off the Brooklyn Bridge?
Sgt Slaughter (on radio): It helps if you have a Sherman Tank!

Zelda Cartoon (2, Insightful)

Physician (861339) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672012)

When I was younger, I used to look forward with baited breath to Friday when Zelda would replace Mario. For some inexplicable reason, only 13 episodes were produced. Yes this show would never win an emmy, but it was pretty cool how it tied into what was my favorite game at the time. The question I have is why Nintendo does not bring Zelda back. No, it would not have to be in anyway associated with the 1980s version. However, there are several different ways they could approach it. One could be with the Wind Waker Link and Zelda style with a more humorous approach. For an older audience, they could go Twilight Princess style with less humor and more action. Either way, they have a built in audience of Zelda lovers. Look at the video games. They sell like hotcakes no matter how bad they suck. Even if not Zelda, how about creating some new Nintendo cartoons? Bring back Mario perhaps or maybe a Metroid cartoon. Dare I say it... an Earthbound cartoon? Nintendo has created a lot more characters since the 80s. Certainly at least one is worthy of a cartoon besides Kirby (which I'll at least give credit to Nintendo for that one). (Please do not mention Pokemon. That's for preschoolers)

Re:Zelda Cartoon (1)

DoddyUK (884783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14672195)

Could work. I personally prefer darker, serious stories, so my personal preference would be the Twilight Princess scenario that you mentioned. While an American production may pehaps seem a little watered down, a Japanese production, say by Production I.G. would be ideal. Plus it would prove a great tie-in for TP should such a series prove successful (which it would be if decent writers are employed, given the fanbase is already there).

Call it jumping on a bandwagon, but leave any such production in the hands of the Japanese studios, and most likely they'll produce a gem of a drama. And probably still have a bit of room for the innuendo we all know and love ;)

Re:Zelda Cartoon (1)

blahplusplus (757119) | more than 8 years ago | (#14674130)

"Yes this show would never win an emmy, but it was pretty cool how it tied into what was my favorite game at the time. The question I have is why Nintendo does not bring Zelda back." While I agree a Zelda show would be cool, I don't even think Nintendo knows how to do Zelda right... just look at windwaker... th Now I dont' want to knock Zelda WW too badly but I found the best versions of Zelda were the Zelda #2, Zelda #3, and Ocarina of time, the rest were so-so by my standards. I think the Zelda the did produce while not bad did capture link better then Nintendo did. He has brown hair as opposed to blonde, and he's not drawn like an anime character like he is in the Zelda manuals. I still think with a little work the Link in Zelda from The Super Mario Super show is better for a more adult looking link (Since link while funny and cool sounding in Ocarina of time, sounds way more like a pansy then the Voice for Link in the Zelda, from SueprMario Supershow), if someone could develop a character with the right voice and right look then it would be good.

Re:Zelda Cartoon (1)

justchris (802302) | more than 8 years ago | (#14686009)

I would so prefer a new Captain N show, to coincide with the release of the Revolution. What's more, it should be done completely using CG animation as opposed to standard animation. Also, it should be done by Gonzo, cause they have some of the cleanest animation I have ever seen. Either them or the guys who did Reboot (I don't remember the name of the studio).

"Off-topic mod parent down RAWR RAWR RAWR!!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14672645)

Seriously, if you're only 12 years old and given moderator points, use 'em on a subject you at least have some knowledge of.

Not really... (1)

ASUSanator (700145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14674317)

I found the zelda series quite poorly made and quite lame really, i assume it didn't have much success due to the small amount of episodes produced. The games on the other hand bring back great memorys, i still play them (bar OoT and MM: I really dont like those two).
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