Zelda: A Link to the Past artwork “brought to life” in absolutely stunning animation

Zelda: A Link to the Past artwork "brought to life" in absolutely stunning animation
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Image: via Twitter (Parker Simmons) / Nintendo

If you’ve ever wondered what classic game art might look like if brought to life, here’s a great example. American Animator Parker Simmons has transformed parts The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES manual and other materials into living, breathing animation.

The results are absolutely stunning – with artwork from the 1991 Super Nintendo action-adventure coming to life. There are many Zelda fans on social media requesting an official cartoon in this style instead of this one we actually got it.

Simmons reveals that the Link vs. Stalfos fight was animated in Adobe Animate, had around 110 icons and 70 frames, and the music was from the ’90s Zelda CD Sound and Drama. Perhaps most surprisingly, the SFX is being torn down Dragon Quest VIII, but it fits! Note: This original art appears to have been retrieved The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Dark Horse book published 2016/17.

Alongside the beautifully animated Link vs. Stalfos battle, Simmons showed Link exploring a dungeon and speaking to a sage:

Parker Simmons is best known as the creator of the Cartoon Network animated series. Mao Mao: Heroes of the pure heart. He worked on that too OK WHO! as a writer and in various other roles including voice work.

If you would like to see some of the artwork from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in its original state, there is actually an original PDF manual that you can access Nintendo’s official website. And remember, you can also play the SNES classic, A Link to the Past, through the Switch Online service. Of course you need a subscription.

Whether we’ll ever see something like this or not, who knows? With Mario making his way to the big screen this April, there may be a chance for Link to ditch the late ’90s animated television series and write a new chapter in his screen history.

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