If you were going to adapt The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild into an animated film, which style would you choose? With the game’s vast open expanses, the clean yet detailed stylings of Studio Ghibli would be a solid choice. A team of fans in Korea have done just that, and created a trailer for a nonexistent Zelda Ghibli movie.
You’d think it would be difficult to distill such a long and epic game into just two minutes, but directors Lee Jumi and Seon Seungyeon pull it off, sticking to snips from the most unforgettable cutscenes as well as brief representations of all four main quests in the game. From the beam of light that awakens Link to his final big showdown with Calamity Ganon, it’s all here and animated lushly.
We have no idea how long this all took a team of just three animators. We’d believe them if they said they’d been working on it from the game’s release.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains one of the Nintendo Switch’s top attractions, despite about three years’ worth of added competition. Last E3, Nintendo revealed a sequel is in the works, but given how long it took to get BOTW, we wouldn’t expect it next month.
But enough text filler. Here’s the trailer.