Nintendo recently pulled fan-made Zelda movie The Hero of Time from being viewed online after allowing producers to air during Christmas.
The Hero of Time is a feature-length tribute movie to one of Nintendo's most loved franchises, telling the tale of good ol' Link who battles his way through evil Ganon's minions to save Zelda - following closely, but not entirely, the Ocarina of Time chapter. However due to licensing issues and to protect its franchises Nintendo ordered the studio to stop distributing and streaming the film.
Hey, everyone. We just wanted to let you know that Dec. 31 was the last day that The Hero of Time was available for viewing. We came to an agreement with Nintendo earlier this month to stop distributing the film. In the spirit of the holiday season they were good enough to let us keep the movie up for you to watch and enjoy through the end of 2009, but not past 2009. We understand Nintendo’s right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan's interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself — even from fan-works with good intentions.
This has been quite an adventure for us and we have a real sense of peace bringing the project to a close. Between the screenings and the online release many of you were able to see the film and we hope to not have only inspired those of you that live, breathe and dream Zelda but we also hope to have inspired all of you aspiring filmmakers out there! Thank you again for all your patience with the project and we hope you had as much fun watching our movie as we did making it. Thanks for all your wonderful messages of encouragement and support! I'm sure our next project will be right around the corner! No, it's not Majora's Mask.