The Legend of Zelda
What could go wrong with a cartoon series based on a hugely successful video game like “The Legend of Zelda?” Apparently, a lot.
“The Legend of Zelda” animated series was released in 1989 and based on the video game of the same name. The series follows our hero, Link, as he teams with Princess Zelda to defend Hyrule from the evil Ganon. Unfortunately, the series wasn’t just a retelling of the first game. Instead it had all the same issues that most cartoons of the era had, complete with Link having his own signature catchphrase. “Well, excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!” was perhaps the “Jump the Shark” moment for the series. Link was portrayed as a whiny, sassy kid, instead of the hero he should have been.
However, the series also gave Princess Zelda a chance to shine as a badass. She was given a bow and arrow and she routinely fought alongside Link. The series only lasted 13 episodes, at 15 minutes a piece. “The Legend of Zelda” animated series is still brought up today in talking about the worst video game adaptations.