With the astounding sales of Breath of the Wild in the past year, The Legend of Zelda has reached its peak in popularity once more. This being said, alongside Illumination’s productions of a Super Mario Bros animated movie, Netflix wants in on the action as well and has officially slated productions for a reboot of the classic Legend of Zelda cartoon series, distributed by Scholastic Entertainment, set to premiere this time next year in 2019!
From the few details we’ve received, this new spin on the 1989 classic will feature a wide variety of new characters from several different Zelda titles, including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and of course, Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda will be sporting new looks similar to their Breath of the Wild counterparts, and have already been cast to be played by Justin Timberlake and Kristen Wiig.
Sprite has also been updated to be portrayed instead as Ocarina of Time’s own Navi the fairy (the voice artist is yet to be announced). Ganon, to be voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, will be returning as well, joined by some new villains as well including Zant and Ghirahim (again, voices to be announced). In addition to playing our lead hero, Timberlake will also be covering the show’s new theme song, respectively titled “Excuse Me, Princess”.
The plot will be very similar to the original in which Link and Zelda need to protect the Triforce of Wisdom from Ganon’s clutches — however, now the Triforce of Courage will be thrown into the mix as well, and our heroes must search Hyrule for the third piece before it can fall into Ganon’s hands.
The new series will continue its 2D look but will be brought to life digitally using various flash animation programs. Scholastic Entertainment representative April Schlemiel stated, “The show will have action-packed moments, but we want to take a new comedic approach to the series. We’re inspired by other animated shows such as Teen Titans Go! and the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.”
The team behind the Zelda reboot state that they’d rather not tamper with the source material. “We’d like to create something from scratch that has never been done with the Zelda series before,” says Schlemiel. “It shouldn’t be taken too seriously.”
Update: That’s right, the cartoon shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and neither should this article. April Fools!