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The Legend of Zelda
Title screen, shown at the beginning of each show
Title screen, shown at the beginning of each show
Genre Fantasy, action, adventure
Format Animated series
Starring Cyndy Preston
Jonathan Potts
Len Carlson
Colin Fox
Elizabeth Hanna
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) DiC Entertainment
Nintendo (characters)
Running time 15 minutes
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 8, 1989 – December 1, 1989

The Legend of Zelda is an American animated series based on the Japanese first and second The Legend of Zelda games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, airing from September 8 to December 1, 1989. The show was produced by DiC Entertainment and distributed by Viacom Enterprises.


Show premise

Each episode of Zelda followed the adventures of the hero Link and Princess Zelda as they defended the kingdom of Hyrule from an evil wizard named Ganon. Most episodes consisted of Ganon (or his minions) either attempting to capture the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda, kidnap Zelda herself, or use another method to conquer Hyrule. Link and Zelda are in some episodes assisted and accompanied by a fairy-princess, Spryte.

A common running joke of the series was Link's repeated failure to convince Zelda that he deserved a kiss for his heroic deeds; whenever it seemed they were going to kiss, something bad would happen.

Zelda also had more of a protagonist role in the show than in the video games up to that point, where she is a character the player must rescue. While Link saves Zelda in a few episodes, she mostly battles aside Link, often using a bow and arrow.

Link usually met Zelda's obstinate rejection with his sarcastic catchphrase, "Well! Excuuuuuse me, Princess!". The series was to be continued but was canceled along with The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. The series is one of only four productions in which Link talks, the others being the CD-i games, manga series and comic series.

Game references

While direct referencing of the game is loose, the series featured some recognizable monsters, items and locations from the game. The seemingly impossible numbers of items that Link and Zelda are able to carry is not directly explained in the series but instead in the episodes the items they carry are magically shrunk when the items are placed in pouches or pockets.

Sound effects from The Legend of Zelda are used. The TV series is based heavily on The Legend of Zelda, but a few references are made to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (for example, Ganon is often seen riding a Lowder, an insect-like beetle seen in Zelda II, but not The Legend of Zelda).

Rather than arrows, the bows in the cartoon shoot beam-like projectiles, as does Link's sword (this happens in a few Zelda games when Link's hearts are full). Link's beams can destroy most monsters, but not people, as shown in the episode Sing for the Unicorn.

Some monsters seen in the series include Moblins, an Octorok, Gohma, Aquamentus, Keese and Ropes. Rupees appear, but are called Rubies. The series uses sound effects as well as renditions of background tunes from the games.

DVD release


North American releases

The Zelda cartoons were first shown every Friday as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in 1989. The Super Show introduction and live action sequences were kept intact, as they were the base format for the series, but Zelda was shown in place of the animated Super Mario Bros. series which ran during the rest of the week. Each episode ran for around fifteen minutes. The series was produced by DiC Entertainment and distributed for syndicated television by Viacom Enterprises (now CBS Television Distribution), and were made in association with Nintendo of America. Due to the syndicated nature of the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, only one season of sixty-five episodes was made, and Zelda was aborted after thirteen episodes. However, slightly modified versions of the characters of Link and Zelda, together with their original voice actors (Jonathan Potts and Cynthia Preston, respectively), were later transplanted into Captain N: The Game Master, also produced by DiC Entertainment.

Clips previewing the episodes were shown in the middle of the live-action segments when the Mario cartoon was shown. These clips were cut from most of the video releases as well as Yahooligans! TV, but restored for the Super Mario Bros. Super Show DVD set (except for "King Mario of Cramalot").

With the Super Mario Bros. cartoon, Zelda was first released to the public in the form of two-episode VHS tapes in the early 1990s. Only four volumes were issued, and the color of the VHS slipcases attempted to match the gold color of the original NES games.

The initial release of Zelda on DVD was by the animation company Allumniation Filmworks, in the early 2000s. The first DVD, Ganon's Evil Tower, was released on July 22, 2003, including three episodes of the Zelda cartoon and two of Sonic Underground. The second DVD was released on September 27, 2005, titled Havoc in Hyrule, containing a further five Zelda episodes.

The complete Zelda series was released on October 18, 2005 by Shout! Factory and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with extra bonus features such as interactive DVD games and line art from the series. However, it did not include all of the associated The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! live action segments. Some were included as bonus features.[1] Again, like The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! DVDs, neither the Viacom nor CBS Television Distribution follows because due to the fact that CBS nor Viacom no longer retain any ownership.

United Kingdom

The Zelda cartoons were originally shown in the UK on the early morning TV show, TV-am, in the early 1990s, they were shown during the half-term holidays around 9am. They were never commissioned for a second rerun. They were also shown on CITV in the 1990s within The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, they also were shown on Channel 4 on its Sunday morning kids line up that included the likes of Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.

In 1992, Tempo Video released two videos with three episodes per tape. The Legend of Zelda shared a tape with Captain N: The Game Master, which included the episode Underworld Connections.

Shout Factory was unable to distribute the DVD in the UK or in Region 2 format DVD, as it does not have the licensing rights in the UK. They only hold the rights for the Region 1 release. The current distribution rights for the UK are held by Maximum Entertainment, so far though, there are no plans to release The Legend of Zelda at the present time.

Voice cast

Main Characters

  • Link closely emulates his video game sprite, wearing a green long hat with a lighter green stripe around the brow, and a green tunic with a brown belt. Underneath the tunic he wore a light leathery brown long shirt and pants and a pair of tall dark brown boots. He always carried his magic sword with him which was capable of firing bolts of pink colored energy to dispose of enemies. He is an adept swordsman and a quick thinker, he is somewhat childish in nature he often tries to get out of his own responsibilities and winds up in more trouble than he predicts. Despite his character flaws he has a very noble heart and will go out of his way to protect anyone; especially Zelda who he likes.
  • Zelda has a more detailed view than her previous appearances in the video games, she is about as tall as Link with shoulder length blond hair. She wears a pair of garnet colored orb earrings and a blue linked tiara on her head. Her clothing consists of a blue vest and a purple overshirt, somewhat escaping the "traditional" role of a princess, she wears a pair of lavender pants and a pair of reddish tan boots. Her personality is somewhere between stuck-up and compassionate of others, she would die to protect her kingdom from harm. At one with the Triforce of Wisdom she is well versed in its magics and can wield its power, she is also quite skilled with the bow and the boomerang and uses both on several occasions. She secretly loves Link, though she doesn't tell him, mostly because she doesn't want it going to his head.
  • Spryte is modeled after the generic fairies in the Legend of Zelda video game. She has a short tunic for an outfit and her short, cropped hair is a sandy blond color (though occasional glitches switch it to a darker brown). She is smart mouthed, quick and full of magical energy, her father is king of the fairies and she works as an assistant, or servant to Zelda.
  • King Harkanian is Zelda's father, King of all Hyrule. Though never seen in the game he is all-too present in the series. He is a tall, somewhat rotund king with a snow white beard and a gold crown. Somewhat dim witted, as most fathers can be portrayed he also has a knack of ingenuity, loyalty to his country and a profound insight into those around him. He is a wise ruler, though forgetful and fearful of Gannon, unlike his daughter who is constantly fighting him. He has no affinity with magic and apparently portrays superior diplomatic abilities.
  • Triforce of Wisdom is more of a magical object than a member of the castle, a glowing green triangular talisman her sage advise is often given in riddles and rhyme, which unlike the blood red Triforce of Power whose dominating male voice is more casual in its speech tends to give Gannon ideas on how to conquer Hyrule or obtain the Triforce of Wisdom.
  • Ganon is a large anthropomorphic pig who is the main antagonist of the series (both television and video game) he uses an endless supply of magic to aid him in his attempts to overthrow the kingdom. Obtaining the powers of instant teleportation, he also owns the "Evil Jar" with which he can summon and create his deadliest minions. Ganon is short tempered, and his plans are often flawed by the ineptitude of his servants, though ultimately wise in coming up with the plans in order to put himself at the advantage. He has a high shrill voice and wears a set of purple robes over his body, a hood he can raise also can act as a disguise for when he must go "incognito". However his powers are limited outside of his dungeon domain underground, and while on the surface must fully rely on his servants to perform tasks for him.


# Title Original airdate Prod. Summary #
1 "The Ringer" September 8, 1989 101 Link laments his duty of guarding the Triforce of Wisdom as tiresome and boring with the only positive being able to keep company with Princess Zelda, whom is not likewise impressed with Link's personality. Ganon formulates a plan to distract the princess and Link during an open wizards competition in the castle and steal the Triforce of Wisdom. After realising the ruse, the two put aside their differences and pursue Ganon.
2 "Cold Spells" September 15, 1989 102 The first days of spring mark spring cleaning at Hyrule castle, and Link fakes a cold to avoid chores. Ganon infiltrates the castle and, to create a distraction, covertly augments Sprite's magical powers as she too performs cleaning chores. Suddenly unable to control her magic (in a very Fantasia-like way), Ganon swipes the Triforce of Wisdom & escapes on beetle-back into the Underworld. Sprite, feeling guilty, accompanies Link and Zelda as they pursue Ganon.
3 "The White Knight" September 22, 1989 103 After a rather clumsy outing fighting off an ambush of monsters, Link feels left behind as a new hero from another kingdom named Prince Facade saves the day and captures Princess Zelda's attention in the process. Ganon knows Facade's weakness and seeks to exploit it, and Link's detachment, in another bid to seize the Triforce of Wisdom.
4 "Kiss 'N Tell" September 29, 1989 104 While riding, Princess Zelda happens upon a damsel in distress being harassed by the dragon Gleeok, but the damsel rebuffs Zelda's aid until a 'dashing hero' in Link shows up. Link dispatches the monster earning a kiss from the damsel, only to find she's a disguised Gibdo mummy whos kiss curses Link into a humanoid frog monster as part of Ganon's plan to incapacitate Link. Ganon splits the two of them and takes Zelda to the Underworld while Link searches for a cure with Sprite.
5 "Sing for the Unicorn" October 6, 1989 105 Link plans an attempt at romancing Zelda by swinging into her window from above by a rope (with some coaching from the King), but the attempt is interrupted as Ganon rides a flying unicorn over the castle and kidnaps the king for ransom. The duo set off to rescue him, while questioning where Ganon who deals in Underworld monsters got ahold of the unicorn.
6 "That Sinking Feeling" October 13, 1989 106 In an attempt to romance Zelda, Link leads her to a secluded forest glade with a stream running nearby & a scultpure. Before the encounter advances too far, an entrance to the Underworld appears and Ganon's tektite ambush the couple. They defeat the monsters, and undeterred, Link attempts to resume their encounter when the sculpture nearby is inexplicably pulled straight into the ground leaving no hole and no trace. Zelda grows impatient with interruptions and decide to assault Ganon in the Underworld, only to watch as the entire Hyrule Castle is also pulled underground just as they ride off.
7 "Doppelganger" October 20, 1989 107 In another attempt to capture the Triforce of Wisdom, Ganon creates a magic mirror in Zelda's room. When the moonlight shined on it, it created an evil reflection of her as Ganon's creatures take the real Zelda to the Underworld. Having the magic mirror broken before she can enter it, the fake Zelda decides to use Link's love for Zelda to charm him into bringing the Triforce of Wisdom to Ganon before Link realizes that Zelda's reflection is using him.
8 "Underworld Connections" October 27, 1989 108 Link displays somnambulism in the middle of the night an unconsciously sneaks toward Zelda's room. Zelda sees his approach and wakes him in time to see gargoyle-like vires attack and try to steal the Triforce of Wisdom by blowing it into smaller pieces. With only a fragment of the Triforce still in their keep, the pair head to the Underworld to recover them.
9 "Stinging a Stinger" November 3, 1989 109 Link interrupts a highway bandit mugging a peddler named Sleazenose on the path and to express his 'gratitude,' he gives a fantastic jeweled sword to Link and takes his old sword off his hands. After trying to use it in battle, it breaks, and Link realises he'd been swindled as Ganon captures him and Zelda. Sleazenose attempts to sell the sword to Ganon only to be captured himself instead, and the three of them luckily escaped. Zelda asks the Triforce of Wisdom how to get Link's Kriss sword back, and the party sets up an ambush for Ganon as he comes after the Triforce.
10 "A Hitch in the Works" November 10, 1989 110 With little activity from Ganon's minions, Link is assigned chores by the Princess. The castle handyman Doof magically animated a golem made of pots and a barrel to help with chores, but the self-admittedly poor magic user watches as it runs wild. Moblins attack and as Link fights them off, the golem falls on him and knocks him unconscious. When Zelda finds him 'napping' she doesn't believe his story. Link convinces Doof to make fake Moblins to attack Zelda and trick her into letting him out of chores, but she overhears his plan. When real moblins attack and confuse everyone, they kidnap the princess and take her to Ganon where he made a collar that compels Zelda to do his bidding, including marrying him.
11 "Fairies in the Spring" November 17, 1989 111 The king is having a water park constructed to help his subjects cool off in the summer heat, when water monsters attack the construction crew. Zelda and Link investigate, but are startled to find the water monster doesn't belong to Ganon. When the King arrives to check their progress and while inspecting the pools of the water park, another monster pulls him in and vanishes. The pair collect the Triforce of Wisdom and return to the waterpark to find the King and the source of the disturbances.

NOTE: This is the only episode that Ganon wasn't shown.

12 "The Missing Link" November 24, 1989 112 Though Link's and Zelda's magical weapons can dispel Ganon's monsters back to the Underworld, Ganon has a new wand that can do the same to regular people. Ganon assaults the castle, intent on capturing Zelda for ransom, but during the battle, Link is zapped instead. After Ganon escapes, Zelda realizes Link's body was captured, but Link's spirit remained with her. The two make their way to the Underworld to recover his body.
13 "The Moblins Are Revolting" December 1, 1989 113 Ganon demonstrates a new wand that makes a bubble around its victim that can only be popped by the Triforce of Power. Fed up with Ganon's orders, a moblin uses the wand and traps Ganon in a bubble and throws him down a bottomless pit. The moblin opens the evil jar and the monsters collectively decide to storm the castle of Hyrule, but are too incompetent to accomplish anything without Ganon's leadership.


IGN rated the DVD release of The Legend of Zelda a 3.0, or "Bad", citing poor writing, repeated plots, and over the top acting.[1] Link's catch phrase "Excuuuuuuse Me, Princess!" is a commonly used in-joke used by video game players, and is spoken by Link on 29 occasions throughout the 13 episodes.[1]

External Links


  1. ^ a b Michael S. Drucker (2005-09-30). "The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series". IGN. Retrieved 2008-04-06.  


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The animated Legend of Zelda series is loosely based on the first and second Legend of Zelda games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.


The Ringer

  • "Looking good, princess, especially from this angle!" ~Link
  • "Hey, it's been fun, but the other customers are getting impatient!" ~Link
  • "Guys, it's been a blast, but you're going home!" ~Link
  • "OK, that's better. That's how I like to start a morning." ~Link
  • Zelda: Don't you ever whistle at me again!
    Link: I may never whistle again, period.
  • "Well, excuuuuse me, princess! If I had known you were coming, I would've asked the Moblins to sweep up before I zapped 'em!" ~Link
  • "But you're no amateur, you're a pro!" ~Triforce of Power
  • "This is my best spell, your highness. It removes the stinkiness from my dirty socks." ~Amateur magician
  • "Hyrule, a peaceful kingdom and a beautiful day. Well, that will soon change!" ~Ganon
  • "Evil is the path you choose, but evildoers always lose!" ~Triforce of Wisdom
  • "No, no, you imbeciles! Get them like this!" ~Ganon, throwing phantom punches

Cold Spells

  • "Oh boy, smooching time!" ~Link

The White Knight

  • Link: How can I get Zelda to pay more attention to me?
    Spryte: Who cares? She's a snob. You should stick with me.
    Link: Spryte, you're only three inches high!
    Spryte: What, you don't like short girls?
  • "My kind of girl--completely crazy!" ~Link

Kiss 'N Tell

  • Gibdo: (as a maiden) Will no handsome hero save me from this three-headed freak?
    Gleeok Right Head: Hey, sis! Watch the insults, will ya?
    Gleeok Left Head: Yeah, that's not in the script.
    Gibdo: I am getting into the part!

Sing for the Unicorn

  • "You're sweet, Link. Clumsy, but sweet." ~Zelda
  • Zelda: I still wonder where Ganon got that flying unicorn. Beautiful creatures aren't his style...
    Link: We'll ask him when we see him, OK? Now stay quiet and don't touch the statues.
    Zelda: (leaning on Armos's pedestal) Why?
    (Armos comes to life!) Link: THAT'S WHY!
  • "Lemmie go, marblehead! (kicks Armos) Ow, my toes!" ~Link
  • "One more zap and you're de-energized, Ganon!" ~Link

That Sinking Feeling

  • "I'll take a raincheck on that kiss, princess. Duty calls!" ~Link


  • "Well excuuuuuuuuuse me princess! ~Link (This line is repeated tons of times)
  • "Ah, a force field ring: just what I always wanted for Christmas!" ~Link
  • Link: Nice move. Where did you learn that?
    Kevin: In my high school gym class.
  • Link: I could find the tunnel with my eyes clOOOOOOOsed! (falls through the tunnel)
    Zelda: Link!
    Game Boy: Recommend future search with open eyes.


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