The Legend of Zelda has had many iterations, but perhaps the two that hit the N64 are the best examples of everything grand and weird that the series has to offer. Ocarina of Time was Link’s first step into the third dimension of gaming, creating a massive, immersive world full of colorful characters and dark dungeons. Its follow-up, Majora’s Mask, borrowed Ocarina‘s engine and many of its assets, but it flipped Link’s story on its head in a crazy, Alice in Wonderland styled alternate universe.
The villain of Majora’s Mask wasn’t so much an individual, but the titular item, which had possessed the body of the young Skull Kid and inflicted calamity on the world of Terminus. After setting armageddon in motion with a freefalling moon, Skull Kid and his fairy companions accost link, steal his horse and Ocarina, and transfigure him into a Deku Scrub. Link eventually learns that Majora’s Mask was originally the property of the Happy Mask Salesman, who agrees to help him regain his human form if he can reclaim the evil artifact.
An organization of animators called Ember Lab has created a beautiful, animated short (see above), which imagines the first meeting between Majora’s Mask and Skull Kid. Co-starring the Happy Mask Salesman and fairies Tatl and Tael, the story is a dark but beautiful example of how phenomenal a Legend of Zelda series or movie could be.
Early last year, a rumor dropped that a live action Legend of Zelda series was in development for Netflix. While this turned out not to be true, a lot of fans were buzzed about the possibilities of experiencing Link’s adventures in a dedicated narrative format. Fortunately, not long after the rumor was dismissed, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo was, in fact, considering film adaptations of their various franchises. This is a pretty big deal, considering their strict aversion to movie deals in the wake of the legendarily panned 1993 Super Mario Bros. adaptation.
Considering the fact that no solid news has dropped yet, it’s unlikely that any final deals have been struck to develop movies based on Mario, Link, or Nintendo’s other properties. The artists at EmberLab are no doubt hoping that their Majora’s Mask fan film will inspire an animated Zelda project to emerge, perhaps even with them involved. Nintendo could certainly do worse than working with a crew of talented artists that love their properties so much that they bring them to life for free.
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