|You might have seen this
claim made somewhere before. The Legend of Zelda was based on that
movie "Legend"! IMBD.com even listed this as trivia
about the original NES game on the information page for the game.
While GANNON-BANNED.com makes it a point to refute such a claim, perhaps
many fans don't really understand how little in common The Legend
of Zelda and "Legend" really have.
|Most fans believe that because
"Legend" has a character named Jack wearing a green forest-like
outfit and is a fantasy piece, it's automatically like The Legend
of Zelda. But in all honesty, you can stop right there with the serious
comparisons between the two. At least, between the original Legend
of Zelda and the film. You see, most debates actually should be renamed
to "How Legend inspired Ocarina of Time." Yes, Ocarina of
Time, not The Legend of Zelda, seems to borrow more from "Legend".
Okay, so fan girls would go nuts if this is how Link looked.
|"Legend" tells the
tale of a young forest boy named Jack, whom is in love with the princess
of the land, Lily. One day while Lily visits Jack in the forest, Jack
takes her to see a Unicorn, an animal forbidden to humans. Lily gives
into temptation and draws out the Unicorn into the open against Jack's
command. Meanwhile, there is the evil lord, Darkness, who needs to
slaughter the two Unicorns which bring balance to the land. He sends
his second in command, Blix, to accomplish the task. So back to Lily
and the Unicorn - Blix shoots the one Unicorn to take it down, and
the other rushes off in fear. Blix cuts off the Unicorn's horn, which
contains immense magical power. The world is thrown into an endless
winter, and Lily and Jack are separated.
|Eventually, Lily and the last
Unicorn are captured, and Jack is summoned by Gump and the forest
folk to save the day. He goes to get armor and a sword, braves his
away across a marsh, a fiery dungeon, and even duels Darkness in an
epic final battle. In the end, Jack saves Lily and the Unicorn, and
depending on which version you are watching, he returns to the forest
or runs off into the sunset with Lily.
|I'm not sure if you read the
same summary or saw the same movie as I, but I saw nothing about a
princess breaking apart an object, hiding it throughout the land,
and hero had to go find them in order to go confront the villain to
save the day. Yes, Jack has to go get weapons, but he is not out to
collect or unify anything in order to meet Darkness. In fact, he and
his band of brothers simply waltz into Darkness' fortress, which is
where half the movie takes place. The other half is the just this
discontinuous build up which seems more a like a trip through a Pink
Floyd music video than a narrative work of art.
|However, I have digressed. Now
that you know the summary, let me break down the comparisons between
Ocarina of Time and "Legend". In the film, Jack is a forest
boy, much like Link is a member of the Kokiri. However, it is quite
obvious that Jack is not truly a member of the forest folk when Gump
and his crew appear. They are halflings, much like the Kokiri are.
And like Link in Ocarina of Time, Jack is not really one of them.
Shall we continue?
| Jack falls asleep after the
world is thrown into an endless winter, and he is awakened by none
other than a ... fairy. Yes, a fairy wakes up Link, er, Jack, to get
him started on his journey. Just like Navi in Ocarina of Time. Jack's
fairy friend, Oona, accompanies him the rest of the way and helps
out. After this awakening scene takes place, Link is confronted by
Gump, who will not let Jack continue without solving his riddle and
then going to properly "equip" himself. Jack solves Gump's
riddle, and then Gump throws a fit much like our friend Mido in Ocarina
of Time. Gump then insists Jack needs to arm himself in order to take
on his task, just like Mido informs Link he needs a sword and shield
in order to advance further.
|Still not convinced? Let's see
what the first area Jack heads to once he is fully equipped. A giant,
evil tree. While the Great Deku Tree could talk and wasn't quite as
big, it was filled with evil and was Link's first challenge in his
quest. But wait, let me go back earlier into the film. Wasn't it Lily
who causes all of this mess by trying to "access" what was
forbidden? Just like Zelda trying to obtain the Triforce herself,
an object beyond the capabilities of a young child? Link touched the
Master Sword, allowing Ganondorf access to his prize and enabling
darkness to engulf the land. Jack brought Lily to the Unicorns, allowing
Darkness access to his ultimate goal, which then brought winter to
the land. Want more?
|Not to keep on this roll of
similarities, but at the end of the "true" version of "Legend",
Jack returns back to where he came, leaving Lily and the friends he
made behind. Link, at the end of Ocarina of Time, leaves Zelda and
the future of Hyrule behind to return to his past. Don't forget Darkness
was sent "flying off" into the void of space by Jack at
the end of the movie, much like Link, Zelda and the Sages seal Ganondorf
off into this "void" where he is drifting away into at the
end of Ocarina of Time.
|While it is apparent that "Legend"
and The Legend of Zelda have "some" similarities (evil bad
guy kidnaps princess, boy in green has to go save her in this magical
fantasy land), it's more obvious to the well-versed Zelda fan that
the film seems to have inspired events in Ocarina of Time. I would
like to point out I am not arguing or claiming "Legend"
actually influenced the making of Ocarina of Time; I am merely pointing
out to the Zelda fan that it appears that "Legend"
has more in common with Ocarina of Time.
|However, it is still a fact
that Shigeru Miyamoto was not influenced by "Legend" - he
was actually influenced by his childhood adventures in Kyoto, Japan,
as he's admitted several times on TV and in interviews. But, it is
still a mystery if Ocarina of Time borrowed from the 1985 epic by
|- Mike "TSA" Damiani
is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Hylia.