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Legend of Zelda: Complete Animated Series (2005)

Cynthia Preston , Jonathan Potts , John Grusd  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cynthia Preston, Jonathan Potts, Tabitha St. Germain, Len Carlson, Colin Fox
  • Directors: John Grusd
  • Writers: Bob Forward, Dennis O'Flaherty, Eve Forward, Marsha Forward, Phil Harnage
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000AA4F2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Legend of Zelda: Complete Animated Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on three discs
  • Interactive match game
  • Trivia
  • Original live-action openings and closings from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show
  • Illustrators guide slide show
  • CD-ROM: download of illustrators guide

Editorial Reviews

Inspired by the popular 1980s Nintendo game, The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series contains 13 enjoyable, self-deprecating adventures featuring haughty Princess Zelda and her frustrated, would-be suitor and courageous ally, Link. Guardians of the Triforce of Wisdom, a powerful object that sits, curiously unguarded, in Zelda's castle, the stuck-up princess and grousing Link are forever fending off assaults by the evil Ganon, a sort of underworld demon. Ganon wants the Triforce of Wisdom because he possesses a similar Triforce--together, the magical items would make him all-powerful. While there's a lot of sword-and-sorcery action, the tone of Legend of Zelda's short pieces is unmistakably comic, driven by a constant and unrelieved romantic tension between the two leads. Link is constantly saving Zelda's hide, ever-hopeful of a kiss, while Zelda keeps him on tenterhooks, leading him right to the brink of satisfaction and then…well, maybe next time. Among the best episodes is "The White Knight," in which Zelda's infatuation with a vain, preening demon-slayer sends an irritated Link packing—until the interloper refuses to rescue Zelda because he might get his clothes dirty. Each episode features the original Mario Brothers introduction from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The complete series on DVD for the first time!

Link is back to protect Princess Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom from the clutches of the evil Ganon. The Legend Of Zelda – The Complete Animated Series (spawned from the massively popular and influential ‘80s Nintendo game) is an exciting classic that captures all of the adventure, action and nostalgia that makes The Legend Of Zelda a beloved fan favorite! The Legend Of Zelda – The Complete Animated Series (all 13 episodes) is available for the first time on this expansive 3-Disc Set.

The animated series The Legend Of Zelda debuted in 1989 on Fridays during The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! week-daily broadcast. It originally aired in conjunction with the first Legend Of Zelda game release and breathes life into the characters of Link, Princess Zelda and the evil wizard Ganon — fleshing out their personalities with a little bit of romance and a dash of humor.

Like the game itself, each episode follows the adventures of Link as he bravely defends the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil wizard Ganon and his dim-witted minions, yet also manages to find time to try to steal a kiss from Zelda. EPISODES: The Ringer Cold Spells The White Knight Kiss ’N Tell Sing For The Unicorn That Sinking Feeling Doppelganger Underworld Connections Stinging A Stinger A Hitch In The Works Fairies In The Spring The Missing Link The Moblins Are Revolting

SPECIAL FEATURES *Selected Original Live-Action Segments from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! *Interactive Legend Of Zelda Match Game *Legend Of Zelda Trivia Quiz *Downloadable Character Sketch Gallery

Customer Reviews

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Cartoon, disappointing DVD representation. April 12, 2006
First of all, I want to say that it is truely awesome to finally have this on DVD. I was a huge fan of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show when I was a kid, and I always looked forward to Frisdays for the Zelda episodes.

The Zelda cartoons, themselves, are a lot of fun. Granted, they are a little silly and could even be considered 'cheesey' from a certain point of view, but they are what they are. They may not come across as serious as some of the video games (i.e. Ocarania of Time), but this is perfect for something targeted at kids. I was 9 when this show came out, and I loved it. And I love looking back on it now.

If I were rating just the cartoons, in-and-of themselves, and not the DVD as a whole, I would give it 5 stars.

But, as you've probably noticed, I only gave it three stars. And I have reasoning behind this.

I just picked this DVD up earlier this week as well as the recently released boxed set of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

The SMBSS set is the first in a series of box sets that will collect all of the non-Zelda episodes of the series. There are 24 episodes on that 4-disc set, complete with all live action segments and all cartoons (it even has the previews for the Zelda episodes).

Having bought that at the same time, I found it very disapointing that all of the complete live-action segments were not included on this Zelda release (only a handful of episodes include them). Being that I am kind of a 'completist' and wanted to have the whole 'Super Show' series in as complete of a manner as possible, I found this to be a let down.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Legend Never Dies!!! August 17, 2005
This is the DIC produced cartoon that ran in the 80's that was originaly part of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! There were only 13 episodes of this cartoon which aired every Friday and the mario cartoon ran monday-thursday! All in all a very good cartoon and well animated! Look for extras on this set because two discs are all that needed for the episodes! Now here are the episodes included:

- The Ringer

- Cold Spells

- The White Knight

- Kiss'N Tell

- Sing for the Unicorn

- That Sinking Feeling

- Doppelganger

- Underworld Connectons

- Stinging a Stinger

- A Hitch In The Works

- Fairies In The Spring

- The Missing Link

- The Moblins are Revolting
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood revisited. January 29, 2006
The Legend of Zelda: Complete Animated Series sits high up on the forgotten mountain of what children's cartoon should be, right there with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Street Sharks," and "Recess." The Legend of Zelda was (and still is) such an exceptional video game series for all ages, and the TV show followed in its footsteps. It combined pleasantly cartoony action and adventure with cheesy one-liners, and some jokes that still today make me laugh. "Lookin' good, Princess! 'Specially from THIS angle!" As children we see Link yell that to Zelda on a balcony below him and brush it off as the banter in between those amazing battle sequences. But later, that comment makes us young adults convulse with glee, and wonder how we ever missed it before.

But the series is most enjoyable for those of us who faithfully stuck to the actual video game series. The implimentation of original 8-bit sound effects into the cartoon is an added bonus that draws us back for more. And waiting to see which classic Zelda enemy will cause Link and Zelda trouble next is just that much more fun (especially if you can name them).

But by far the most fun thing about this show is waiting and praying for the day when Link can coax a kiss out of the lovely Princess. And they've come so close it almost made me angry when they got interrupted. Link tries so hard, and makes such an idiot out of himself trying, that you'd think he deserves a little action once in a while. but every time, no matter how he tries, he either messes up or is interrupted by Ganon's non-stop attempts to steal the Triforce.

All in all, if you grew up with te Super Mario Super Show, and you're a Nintendo fan, you'll appreciate this show as much as you love to watch it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of my childhood. October 19, 2005
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How can you get a kid up at 5:30am? Put on a syndicated cartoon show with video game characters, that's how!

Each episode is 15 minutes in length because the original show was part of Captain N and the video game masters. Each morning you'd get a different line-up, of either a Mario Bros episode, Legend of Zelda, or Captain N (which combined several games.)

This is an item best for total Zelda nuts (deku-nuts) who watched the cartoon as a child. It's typical of every Saturday morning cartoon show, somewhat removed from the source material (understandably) although it does include video game sound effects.

Link is characterized as a rather narcissistic young man with an attitude, which might annoy some people.

Excuuuuuusssseee me, Princess!
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Published 1 month ago by myamazon1360
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good and funny cartoon despite the fact that its away ...
Its good and funny cartoon despite the fact that its away different from the video game atmosphere. I really enjoyed it .
Published 1 month ago by Yousef Y. M. Alenezi
5.0 out of 5 stars "Well, ex-cuse ME, princess!!"
When I was just a teenager, I remember watching the Super Mario Bros. Super Show back in 1989. Every Monday through Thursday, they would air the live action segments of Mario &... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jdealy999
4.0 out of 5 stars Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess
It's cheesy, but it's fun. The Legend of Zelda is my favorite video game franchise ever. Each episode is simply Zelda, Link, or both having to confront different situations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Steven Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome gift from the good old days
This was a Great Gift for a friend that This came out when we were both kids. was great to experience it again.
Published 1 month ago by blacksage732
4.0 out of 5 stars Equally funny to kids and adults
I've been through this set several times with my 3-year old. She loves it more than I ever would have imagined, and it gives her pithy one-liners to use as we play with toy swords... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories
This was a great show that we looked forward to watching every Friday. The DVD version is perfect to keep you busy for a weekend.
Published 4 months ago by Team Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic!
I used to watch this show every Friday in 1989 when it first aired. Legend of Zelda was the first game I ever played, and Link made an impact on me as a 5 y/o. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ForsakenTemple
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