Nintendo has some of the most recognizable and popular characters in entertainment, which is probably why they reuse all of them to death. But while other video game studios are falling over themselves to turn their properties into movies, Nintendo is probably still feeling burned from Super Mario Bros. even though it came out twenty years ago. Movies like that can hurt a brand, and since Nintendo doesn’t have much going for it outside of those brands, they’re incredibly protective. But that hasn’t stopped studios from calling, and animation studio Imagi (TMNT, Astro Boy) once put together a pitch reel for The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo passed, but an animated movie wouldn’t be a bad direction, although it also looks like it could just be a cut scene from the video game (in this case, Twilight Princess). In all fairness, Imagi’s approach looks much better than this.
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Via former Imagi DP and layout supervisor Adam Holmes via /Film.
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