December 10, 2012

DVD Review - The Legend of Zelda: Ganon's Evil Tower

The Legend of Zelda: Ganon's Evil Tower
Studio: United American Video
Release Date: July 22, 2003
Running Time: 45 minutes


During the middle 1980s and early 1990s there was an animation boom on television. Very few made it past the first season as was the fate of The Legend of Zelda, based on the popular video game, which aired as a fifteen minute segment during The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! on Fridays on mainly Fox stations in 1989. There were only thirteen episodes aired during the series run, but it aired for a few more years in syndication.

Even though I did own a Nintendo game system when I was a kid, I wasn't a big fan of The Legend of Zelda game, but I do recall watching the short-lived animated series. If I remember correctly the series aired in the mornings as I believed I watched it before going to school.

I had completely forgotten about the series until I ran across Ganon’s Evil Tower DVD this past Saturday at a thrift store. I bought it for a $1.50 and it is still in its original packaging. Each episode’s plot typically has Link saving Princess Zelda from Ganon or some other villain.

The 3 Episodes are:

The Ringer (aired September 8, 1989) - The Amateur Magician's Contest is disturbed by Ganon's evil magic.

Cold Spells (aired September 15, 1989) - To get out of spring-cleaning, Link pretends to have a cold, but when Spryte's magical powers go crazy, he must battle brooms, mops and dirty laundry.

The White Knight (aired September 22, 1989) - Link becomes jealous when Zelda is attracted to Prince Facade.

There are two mistakes on the back cover of the DVD case. First, Spryte is misspelled as Sprite. The other mistake is that the running time on the back cover has it as approx. 90 minutes when it is only 45 minutes.

The Legend of Zelda is not the best animated series, which is probably why it only lasted one season. I'm not for sure why the studio only released three episodes to one DVD as they could have released the complete series at a cheap price. That being said, I'm still more than pleased that I only paid a $1.50 for it, but I did enjoyed watching it as it reminded me of my youth when life was a whole lot simpler.

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