What is “zeldalinkedgreen.com”?

zeldalinkedgreen.com is a very different website from other zelda fan sites as you’ve already seen. Unlike other sites that focus on Zelda News, and Strategy guides, this fan site centers around the animated series’ created by SpikerMan. It started out as one animation and I showed it to my friends, and they asked me “What happens next?” and I said “Nothing…that’s it.” And they encouraged me to keep going and continue the story. So I have been continuing the story for over 10 years now. We’re home to 3 animated zelda shows and we’re happy to bring something new and different to the Zelda community.

Who are you?

I’m SpikerMan87, or just SpikerMan. My real name is Landon if you fancy. I’m one of the few animators that has created a Zelda animated series that’s in a serious tone. Most the Zelda animations you’ve probably seen are comedy based, where if a character died for example, it would be played for laughs, but in this show you care about the characters. If one died you would feel sad. There are plot twists, action scenes,  romance and there is comedy, but the focus is more on the story and characters.

Why did you create a Zelda series like this?

I started this because I feel Nintendo should have been on top of this a very long time ago. If they really wanted to they could have made an Anime or animation of Zelda back in the late 90’s. They have shown no interest in making Zelda in an animated medium since the 80’s. I decided if Nintendo wasn’t going to make one, then I would make one.

What do you think of the 80’s Zelda cartoon?

I don’t think it’s as bad as people make it out to be. Have you really sat down and watched them? It was a different time. The 80’s was a time of cheese and making it ridiculous because that’s what many cartoon shows did back in the 80’s. If you ask me who was responsible for it’s failure that would be Nintendo, not DiC.  In all the interviews from people who worked on the show, no-one from Nintendo actually checked on what they were doing. DiC was given a blank canvas, the rights, and no input on what direction Nintendo wanted to go, and Nintendo did that a lot back at the time; they did the same thing with the Mario Bros. Movie. The movie wasn’t good because the directors and writers didn’t know what to do.

I want to start watching! So where do I begin?

It really depends on you. I’ll warn you from the start that the “animation” of every show is different and not what you’ll be use to, but if you have an open mind and give the story a chance you’ll like them all.

Hero Returns
This is the first show I made in 2003. Animation wise it will be the worst of the worst, and if you want to skip ahead then the plot really starts around Episode 31.

Coolo Eclipso
The animation is “better” but it’s the same style. The storyline and the plot twist at the end highly acclaimed.

The Seven Dark Sorcerers
The animation is improved dramatically. If you want to get to the best animation then you’ll want to start here. There is a period from Episode 18-25 that the medium changes from animation to comic book so don’t be alarmed by that.

I highly recommend you’d watch Coolo Eclipso first as Dark Sorcerers starts with a  certain character from that show, but it’s really up to you.

Dude, your animations aren’t that great you know?

Yeah I know. I’m being sincere when I say that. I’m not a very great animator that you would see on Newgrounds or other famous Flash animators. I think that they know the amount of insanity it would be to try to make 30 or 50 episodes of something though. You’ll see 1 or 2 animations a year from famous Flash people like that. If I were to make 1 animation per year I wouldn’t finish the “Series” for 50 years.  I’m just one person animating a episodic show, and the cartoons you watch on T.V. have 50 credits of people working on it. I have to make sacrifices to get the episodes out in a reasonable and entertaining amount of time.

Well, I can make a Zelda series, and it’ll be way better than yours!

Give it a shot. I won’t be offended. I think you’ll start to see what is involved by just getting in there and creating. You’ll start to see the difficulties and problem solving you’ll have to do.

I could make a Zelda series like this, but I don’t have time.

I’ve heard this a lot. It doesn’t mean much to me if you could, but don’t have time. I think you do have time, but it depends on how you use it and how dedicated you really are to make it. I have a full time job, and many adult responsibilities, but I still do it. *shrugs*

What’s a “SpikerMan”?

SpikerMan is the super hero I made up as a kid. He’s a super hero that fights against super powerful aliens in space that want to rule the universe.

What is your favorite Zelda game?

Majora’s Mask

Will you make an animation for me?

My answer to this question is always a lose-lose situation for me. I’m sorry but I just can’t.  Animating anything takes a very very long time and I just can’t dedicate so much time to doing it. I get a lot of requests to make a Zelda/Dragonball Z crossover and I don’t know why, but my answer is No.

Is Seven Dark Sorcerers your last Zelda series?

Yes. Dark Sorcerers is the end of the Zelda animated series. It’s not my last animation ever. There’s one project I want to do after this, that is Zelda related, but it’s not a “series.” I will add that if you believe that Zelda should be an Anime or in animated form, then send your requests to Nintendo, harass them enough, demand them to finally make one, and I’m sure they will eventually.

 What is your next Animated project?

Sadly I’m trying to get out of animating. I’ve made a few animations that are not Zelda related, and I tried to start a SpikerMan animation that didn’t really work for me.  I have a few remaining projects such as the Cyber-Zelda Flash game, and a collaborative project that I really wanted to do, but after those I really think I’m too old to be doing so much work as a hobby. I want to move to writing books as I think that will be a much faster and effective way of telling stories that I’ve been wanting to tell. I’ve been thinking about making Dead Artists into a comic in the future so look for that. In 2012-2013 I didn’t have many animated projects and I was dying to come back and make more, so it’s not like I’ll never animate again.

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