WHAT IS IT?
The Legend of Zelda is a 13-part animated series based on the extremely popular Nintendo game of the same name. The series was broadcast as part of the Super Mario Bros Super Show (1989 - 1991), appearing every Friday in place of an episode of the Super Mario Bros cartoon.
For better or worse (although arguably worse) the show introduced Link's catchphrase "Well excuuuuuuuse me Princess" into the franchise and also introduced a long running gag about Link and Zelda sharing a kiss.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
The Legend of Zelda was one of the biggest games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) so it only made sense to transport it from the gaming arena on to TV screens. Taking cues from Dungeons and Dragons (1983 - 1985) and ThunderCats (1985 - 1989), The Legend of Zelda mixed sword and sorcery in a ye olde world setting and featured villains from the game. In fact, the show took many references from the original computer game - particularly music and sound effects - and to its credit.... it wasn't half bad. Although the stories were fairly simple - lasting 15 minutes a piece - and a little repetitive, episodes didn't outstay their welcome and served up at the very least an enjoyable weekly romp.
The only downside to the series was that the show never really pushed any boundaries and mostly focused on Ganon's failed attempts to steal the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda. Without being rude to Mr Ganon, why didn't he just blow up the castle that Zelda lived in and write the whole experience off as a bad idea?!