Monday, July 16, 2012

Web-based Legend of Zelda anime coming soon, featuring professional voice acting

Recently over drinks, a friend asked me why no one has made a proper Legend of Zelda movie or TV series. Setting aside my martini for an appropriately pensive pause, I expressed my own confusion on the matter before I remembered the mercifully short-lived Legend of Zelda cartoon from 1989 ("excuuuuse me, princess!")*

Thankfully for fans of all things Hyrule, The Legend of Zelda will soon be getting the cartoon series that they deserve, and it looks awesome.

Zelda Motion began work on the project - an anime adaptation of the SNES classic A Link to the Past- some years back, but recently received a fresh infusion of capital and determination to help make it a reality. The web-based anime will be free to watch, and will in no way, shape, or form feature the involvement of Nintendo.

Yet what makes (I doubt your commitment to) Zelda Motion sparkle and what sets it apart from the glut of Zelda fan films on YouTube are its planned production values and the high-profile voice talent already signed on to the project.

Featuring the voice work of Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric, Full Metal Alchemist), Todd Haberkorn (Italy, Hetalia), Kira Buckland (Princesses/Medusa, Castle Crashers), and Kent Williams (Dr. Gero, Dragon Ball Z Kai) Zelda Motion looks like it will offer fans nothing short of an excellent anime revision of a classic Zelda story.

Although all of the voice work has already been recorded (in July of 2010...), the much-anticipated teaser trailer is still a few weeks off. If you want a rough (rough) idea of what to expect from the Zelda Motion, take a look at the old trailer from a few years back.

Just remember that the A Link to the Past anime will feature full animation and professional voice acting...

*- An interesting aside to anyone masochistic enough to watch that YouTube video linked to in the first paragraph: The Legend of Zelda cartoon series only ran for 13, fifteen minute episodes before being canceled. Each episode had an opening and credits, meaning there was about 12.5 minutes of actual footage. Extrapolating, this video would suggest that roughly 40% of Link's dialog consisted of that interminable catchphrase.