The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda.jpg
"Well excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!" -Link
Genre: Action
Running Time: 15–16 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 8 – December 1, 1989
Network(s): Syndication
Created by: Shigeru Miyamoto
Distributed by: Viacom Enterprises
Starring: Cyndy Preston
Jonathan Potts
Len Carlson
Colin Fox
Elizabeth Hanna
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13

The Legend of Zelda is an American animated series based on the Japanese video game series The Legend of Zelda by Nintendo.


The series follows the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda as they defend the kingdom of Hyrule from evil wizard Ganon. It is heavily based on the first installment of the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda, but includes some references to the second, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Bad Qualities

NOTE: Please do not add a pointer stating that Link isn’t supposed to talk, as it is a common nitpick among fans, and this was before it was officially established that Link is a mute.

  1. It has very little to do with the video game series it's based on.
  2. Unlike in the games, Link is an unlikable and annoying brat in this show as he is always trying to get a kiss from Princess Zelda.
  3. As typical for DIC cartoons during this time period, it suffers from poorly-drawn animation.
  4. Link's catchphrases ("Well excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!" and "Kiss me!") get annoying fast.
  5. Ugly color palettes.
  6. Below-average writing.
  7. The premise is the same in every episode, which gets old very quickly. 
  8. Annoying voice acting, especially from Link and Spryte.
  9. Link carries a sword, but only uses the Sword Beam because any actual swordplay wouldn't pass muster with the censors.

Good Qualities

  1. The show's version of Princess Zelda is far more competent than her video game counterpart was at the time.
  2. Link actually speaks, which is unique because he's mostly silent in the video games.
  3. Spryte is very adorable in this show.
  4. Even though Link's line "Well excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!" is annoying and repetitive, it can be funny in a few episodes.
  5. The music score is actually pretty good. The theme song in particular is a great orchestral rendition of the original Zelda theme song.


  1. Sneak peeks of this show can be seen in the live action segments of [[mh:besttvshows:The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!}}.




4 months ago
Score 4
It's not good, but at least it's slightly better than the CD-i games.

Jamie G.

19 days ago
Score 1
No wonder it didn't even last a year

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