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This Majora’s Mask fan film is better than most Hollywood video game adaptations

As far as adaptations go, The Legend of Zelda peaked with a questionable cartoon. We’re still holding out hope for a live-action show on Netflix at some point. But absolutely nothing has made us fall harder in love with a reimagining of the iconic video game series than this animated fan film based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

The short was created by Ember Lab, a company focused on animation, VFX, and games for commercial projects. The company that draws inspiration from the likes of Pixar and Hayao Miyazaki, and it shows. “Majora’s Mask — Terrible Fate” is animated with all the care and detail you’d expect from a beloved kid’s movie like Toy Story or Finding Nemo, and one wonders if this is an unsolicited audition for a professional project. It’s not unheard of; Dan Trachtenberg would eventually go on to direct 10 Cloverfield Lane, but it was the short Portal: No Escape that initially shot him to fame.

Ember Lab’s YouTube channel calls the clip a labor of love, one that imagines how the Zelda universe might be imagined in film. I think the succinct answer is “very well.”