This news might be a few days old, but it’s fresh for me, and I need to post something.
Anyone remember Imagi Studios? For those who don’t know, Imagi is an animation company best known for making two especially underwhelming movies: TMNT and Astro Boy, the latter of which managed to plunge the company into debt.
Back in 2007, they apparently pitched a Legend of Zelda film to Nintendo, even going so far as to develop a proof of concept video, but they were rebuffed and shut down. This knowledge has been kept a secret for some reason, and now the proof of concept video has been released online.
Behold and cringe:
Okay, it doesn’t look that bad — it is only a proof of concept after all — but I’m glad this plan failed. I have never been a fan of Imagi Studios’ art style or their jerky, forced animation.
Look at Ganondorf! Good grief. He looks so bland.
. . . That’s all I’ve got, really. Ganondorf looks bland. But just by looking at this video and reminding myself of Imagi’s past work, I feel I can guess what their finished Zelda film would have been like, and it isn’t good.
Oh well. Fingers crossed that Studio Ghibli makes a movie pitch instead?