Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time. Studio Ghibli, on the other hand, is the creator of some of the most beloved animated films of all time, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and many, many more. But just imagine for a moment if these two Japanese giants crossed paths and somewhere in the middle out came The Legend of Zelda touched by the hand of Studio Ghibli.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen. The opportunity did arise at one point, although the idea was soon shelved but thanks to artist Matt Vince who has created his own renditions of three promotional posters and a fantastic self-made animated trailer, we can witness what it would be like and the results are pretty incredible. The amazing concept posters for a Ghibli adaptation of The Legend of Zelda featuring Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf has made my heartache for this to actually happen since, like so many other people, I’m a big fan of Ghibli movies.
In the trailer, Matt Vince provides us with a personal tour of Hyrule, that’s made even more appealing with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time piano music playing in the background. As the animated video pans around, we can see many familiar locations like the Great Deku Tree, Hyrule Field, the Temple of Time, Kakariko village and plenty more iconic places.
I think if The Legend of Zelda was ever made into an animated series or movie, there’s no-one that could do it better than Studio Ghibli in which Matt has highlighted so vividly in his artistic posters and wonderfully crafted trailer. Even though Miyazaki retired from making feature films in 2014, we can still dream – can’t we?
You can check out Matt’s animated The Legend of Zelda x Ghibli Film Trailer, below. Just as a suggestion but it’s best viewed snuggled up under a blanket with a warm beverage to really soak up that serenity.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remaster will be coming to Nintendo Switch exclusively on 20 September 2019 but until then, you can pick up the original title on Nintendo 3DS via Amazon. You can also check out our review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here. If you wish, you can purchase the game for Nintendo Switch right here.
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