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The Legend of Zelda is a 13 episode Western animated series adapted from material from both "Zelda" games on the Nintendo Entertainment System and was produced by DiC Entertainment, Nintendo, and Viacom. Each roughly 15 minute long episode highlights the life of young adventurer Link (voiced by Price Jonathan William Potts Throughton) within the Kingdom of Hyrule as he and Princess Zelda (voiced by Cynthia Preston) continually thwart the plots of the evil sorcerer Ganon, ruler of the Underworld (voiced by Len Carlson) and his minions of the Evil Jar.

As the series is derived from a game franchise, the shows utilizes various sound effects and theme music from the games, while the main characters of Link, Zelda, and Ganon are given additional traits to more evenly flesh them out as characters. Link's design is close to his model from the games and he is constantly on the prowl to receive a kiss from Zelda for his good deeds. Zelda's design eschews a dress for leggings and boots. Her characterization is more of a proactive princess than a helpless damsel in distress, proficient in both the bow as well as the boomerang. Ganon is depicted as a human-sized pig man of a wizard, clad in blue robes, who speaks in a shrill tone and occasionally rides a giant beetle known as a Lowdr. Ganon's seemingly endless army originates from within a massive "Evil Jar" which he uses to conjure any given configuration of moblins, stalfos knights, octoroks, and other monsters from the Legend of Zelda games.

The show also offers several side and supporting characters, all with their origins from the games. Spryte (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain as "Paulina Gillis") is a fairy princess who serves as Link's moral support as well as a voice of advice when Zelda is unavailable. King Harkinian (voiced by Colin Haussmann) rules Hyrule and serves as a naive father figure to Link. The Triforces of Power and Wisdom are both given speaking roles in the series (voiced by Allan Stewart-Coates and Elizabeth Hanna, respectively) with the Triforce of Power having a masculine and direct voice compared to the Triforce of Wisdom's feminine and riddle-laden dialogue.

Syndicated
1 Season, 13 Episodes
September 8, 1989
Anime
5.8/10
Cast: Cynthia Preston, Jonathan Potts, Tabitha St. Germain, Len Carlson
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The Legend of Zelda Full Episode Guide

  • The kingdom of Hyrule is suffering from a terrible heat and the king of Hyrule is building a water park as fast as he can. During construction the workers see giant water monsters. Link and Zelda decide to go check it out. When they defeat some of the water monster the king of Hyrule appears and he gets kidnapped. Now it is up to Link and Zelda to save the king of Hyrule.

  • When Ganon captures Zelda, he has a most evil plot in mind: using the Crystal of Control he has just discovered, he will force Zelda to marry him -- and then Hyrule will be under his control.

  • Link rescues an old man named Sleazenoze from attackers in the woods, and as a reward, the old man gives Link a new fancy sword in exchange for his old one. But Link discovers to his dismay, the new sword is worthless for fighting evil creatures.

  • Ganon's evil creatures break the Triforce into three pieces. Link rescues one of the pieces, but the other two are lost somewhere in the Underworld. Link and Zelda must search and recover the other two pieces -- before Ganon finds them himself.

  • Ganon has a magnet, capable of pulling anything into the Underworld. Ganon captures the King, and holds the castle in his chambers. Link and Zelda must use the Triforce to fight their way into the Underworld, defeat Ganon, and save King and castle.

  • Ganon has a magnet, capable of pulling anything into the Underworld. Ganon captures the King, and holds the castle in his chambers. Link and Zelda must use the Triforce to fight their way into the Underworld, defeat Ganon, and save King and castle.

  • When Ganon has captured an unicorn, he makes off with the King to hold him for ransom. Price: one Triforce! Link and Zelda must descend into the Underworld to rescue the king - and there they meet a girl named Sing, whose Unicorn Ganon had stolen!

  • Link rescues a fair maiden (Gannon's evil creature is disguise) from a dragon, and is rewarded with a kiss. Link turns into a frog and Zelda is captured. Only the kiss of a Princess will allow Link to become human again!

  • It is time for spring cleaning in Hyrule and Link is the one who is the laziest of them all. He pretends to have a cold to skip the day of work in the castle. Gannon in the meantime is trying to take the Triforce of Wisdom so he casts a spell on Spryte. Her magic got to powerful and things went out of control. During this diversion Gannon steals the Triforce of Wisdom. Link and Zelda were going after Gannon but they get trapped and it is up to Spryte to save Link and Zelda from Gannon.

  • Zelda is judging an novice magicians contest. When Gannon hears of this he decides to pose as a beginner to steal the Triforce of Wisdom. When he his bat tells him of the guard (Link) he transforms a small lizard into a firedrake to lure Link from his post. Sprite tries to stop Gannon, but is too small. Now the trio set out to get relic back.

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