The Legend of Zelda (1989– )

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Based on the popular Nintendo game of the same name. Link and Princess Zelda protect the mystical artifact, the Triforce of Wisdom, from falling into the hands of the evil sorcerer Ganon.

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 Princess Zelda (13 episodes, 1989)
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 Link (13 episodes, 1989)
Tabitha St. Germain ...
 Spryte (13 episodes, 1989)
Len Carlson ...
 Ganon (13 episodes, 1989)
Colin Fox ...
 King Harkinian (13 episodes, 1989)
Elizabeth Hanna ...
 Triforce of Wisdom (13 episodes, 1989)
Allen Stewart-Coates ...
 Triforce of Power (13 episodes, 1989)
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 Additional Voices (13 episodes, 1989)
Marvin Goldhar ...
 Additional Voices (13 episodes, 1989)
Christopher Ward ...
 Additional Voices (13 episodes, 1989)
J Bizel
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Based on the popular Nintendo game of the same name. Link and Princess Zelda protect the mystical artifact, the Triforce of Wisdom, from falling into the hands of the evil sorcerer Ganon.

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Well Excuse Me, Princess!


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Many of the sound effects in this cartoon (Link shooting his sword, Link killing the monsters, items dropping to the ground, etc.) are the same sound effects almost verbatim from _The Legend of Zelda (1986) (VG)_ video game. See more »

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By far the worst animated video game adaptation of all time.
1 June 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Nintendo's classic series of adventure video games "The Legend of Zedla". And when I heard that they did a cartoon series about it, I'll admit I was actually really wanting to see it. But when I finally looked it up on YouTube, I was greatly disappointed. This show was just cheesy, campy, annoying, badly scripted, dull and overall terrible. Here is a short list of things that are wrong with this show:

1. Link - In the games Link was meant to be a heroic, brave, and strong hero who would do whatever it takes to protect Princess Zelda and The Kingdom of Hyrule. In this show he is a cocky, smart-Alec, stubborn jerk who only does these things so he can get Zelda to kiss him. Plus he has an annoying catchphrase of "Excuuuuse ME, Princess!" which he says constantly in almost every single episode. I have no problem with catchphrases, but Link takes his annoying catchphrase way too far.

2. Bad plots - The episode plots are too dull and uninteresting. The games had great, well-thought-out, original, and epic story-lines, but in this show we get Link turning into a frog, The King of Hyrule building a water park, and Zelda falling for another guy. This show would have been much better if it had a story-arc, or a more serious and dark setting.

3. Spryte - Spryte has gotta be one of the most annoying characters in cartoon history. She's obnoxious, has an irritating, squeaky, high-pitched voice, and fails to do a good job at what she is meant for: comic relief. Her jokes are cheesy and terribly unfunny.

4. It's just plain dull - The worst thing about this show by far is how dull and effortless it is. You can tell the writers and directors didn't care if it was a good show or not. Because this show is repetitive, dull and boring. It's not interesting or exciting in any way, the action scenes are short, predictable and boring, the stories (as I already mentioned) are cliché, and not very Zelda-like, and the comedy portions of the show aren't funny in any way.

This show was just awful. It was unfaithful to the games, it was predictable, dull, boring, uninteresting, annoying, and just stupid. "The Legend of Zelda" is one of the worst cartoons of all time, which is ironic as the Zelda games are some of the greatest video games of all time.

Rating: 1/10 "Horrific"


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