Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The upcoming Legend of Zelda documentary makes it cool to be in your thirties

From its humble gold cartridge beginnings, The Legend of Zelda went on to become one the most iconic and enduring modern fantasy franchises.

Despite the relatively repetitious nature of subsequent game, something about The Legend of Zelda resonated with a generation of impressionable young minds and the game has since helped people answer some of the deeper questions in life, make commitments for life, and enrich the lives (and ears) of others. Yet for all of this, no one has stopped to ask how a simple story about a hero rescuing a princess has managed to hold such a grip on our culture.

That's not strictly true, I'm sure that many people have asked... but few have decided to make a documentary about it.  Joe Granato, a mid-thirties filmmaker, is looking to change that with It's Dangerous To Go Alone...The Movie:

The opening few seconds of the Kickstarter pitch video make it sound like It's Dangerous To Go Alone will be a self-satisfied love letter to 1980s gaming culture, but Granato looks to move well beyond this by searching for the fundamental appeal behind a franchise that's stuck to the same forumla for the past ~27 years and still managed to find success with (almost) every release.

While Granato's look back at the early days of Zelda hits a little too close to home, it's definitely worth examining how a game that began its life as a simple 8-bit adventure game managed to convince a generation of parents to update it so that their children can lose themselves in the franchise's story and universal sense of wonder.

Granato's project isn't a sure thing, however. He's currently sitting at a little under $8,000 on Kickstarter with 32 days left to meet or exceed his projected funding goal of $50,000.  Should his campaign be successful, Zelda fans should be able to enjoy It's Dangerous To Go Alone...The Movie sometime in December.

If you're eager to help Granato along, or pick up some exclusive backer perks, there's still plenty of time to donate to his Kickstarter.