A curious couple of messages related to one of the most beloved franchises by Nintendo fans arrives again. We talk about The Legend of Zelda.
The information focuses in this case on the 1989 The Legend of Zelda cartoon series. Specifically, it has been confirmed that the creators of the series had to look for ideas in their families to script it. This was because the franchise was new at the time and they didn’t have many other ideas beyond the roles of Link, Zelda, Ganon and the Triforce.
This has been confirmed by the scriptwriter Bob Forward and his sister, Eve Forward. We leave you with his words:
Eve Forward: My brother somehow ended up suggesting that I try to write an episode, and I was able to produce a couple of scripts that, with his editing, ended up being used. I was about 16-17 years old at the time. The only address he had was the show bible, which outlined the basic characters and the kind of stories they were looking for. I didn’t have a Nintendo, so I rented one, and the game, and I tried to play it, but I didn’t get very far. But all the basic relationships were established in the show bible: Ganon the bad boy, Zelda the tough girl, Link the charming rascal, etc. However, I did play Dungeons & Dragons at the time, and some of that carried over into the series. (The seventh episode) “Doppelganger” was based on a cursed mirror from D&D. Well, the monsters in Zelda were all based on stuff from the Nintendo game; Same with weapons, like Link’s boomerang. But in D&D, of course, you’re always fighting monsters and imagining how cool your character looks doing it, so a lot of the swashbuckling stuff I liked to include was based on things that had happened in our D&D games. I always thought of Link more of a rogue than a fighter.
Bob Forward: Eve and I were writing them alone. We even had our mom decide on a story. She wrote something that we had to work on a lot, but it wasn’t a bad initial concept. (Bob and Eve’s mother, Marsha Forward, adapted her script as The Legend of Zelda episode 11, “Fairies in the Spring.”)
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