Here at Nintendo Life HQ, there’s only one thing we love more than a cosy night in with one of Studio Ghibli’s lovingly-crafted animations, and that’s
a fresh, hot pile of fish and chips The Legend of Zelda. We’re also big fans of mashups, which is why we always have an MTV Mash-Ups playlist on in the background, but it’s also why we write pieces about LEGO x Zelda, Polly Pocket x Animal Crossing, and Pokémon x Twitter.
The latest mashup that we wanted to highlight is artist Zoe, AKA @bigskycastle on Twitter, who’s created these absolutely gorgeous Ghibliesque posters for a (sadly fictional) Breath of the Wild film. You can even buy high-quality prints of the posters, if you want!
Ghibli movies and Zelda games have a lot in common: themes of lost childhood, magic in the forest, and trying to find a sense of “home” when everything is unfamiliar and strange. It’s not hard to see why the two go together so well.
This movie will, in all likelihood, never be real – although both Nintendo and Studio Ghibli are just a 6-hour drive apart, or a 3.5 hour train ride. Yes, we looked it up. Nintendo has historically not always found huge success with its tie-in movies, after all, and Studio Ghibli’s founder, Hayao Miyazaki, keeps retiring.
However, Nintendo has been working with Illumination on an upcoming movie, which is due to appear in theatres in 2022 (pandemic permitting). Illumination – the studio responsible for Despicable Me, The Lorax, and Minion-based memes all over Facebook – is making a movie all about Mario, who gets way more attention than Zelda when it comes to motion pictures.
Do you think Zelda would translate well to a Ghibli movie, or would you rather see it in the style of another famous director? A Wes Anderson Wind Waker? A Tarantino Majora’s Mask? Let us know in the comments.