Oooooh, I've always wanted to say this: Nintendo, hire this man!
Jordan LeBlanc (AKA Hxx) is an animation student in his sophomore year (which, for non-Americans, is the second year of university), and made this Breath of the Wild-themed short as part of a project to create a film over the course of one semester. The film shows a Link-like character and a Zelda-like character fighting over weapons in a library, which is extremely dangerous — you'll hurt the books!
The animation was created in Maya, according to Hxx's comments on YouTube and Twitter, with music by Jeff Brice and character rigs by Christoph Schoch. And, of course, Hxx got an A for his work:
Hopefully the outcome of this amazing short film is a high-profile job at a cool games studio, and not a cease and desist from Nintendo!
You can also check out Hxx's YouTube channel, which hosts a number of game-related animations throughout the years, to see how much his work has improved — including this viral Apex Legends fan short from two years ago:
Congrats to Hxx on the well-deserved A, and we'll be watching your career with interest from now on.
Great animation, and that A was well deserved.
Guy has a bright future ahead of him
Very good video. Congratulations Jordan LeBlanc!
It's wonderful to see Nintendo inspire folk to learn to do stuff like this.
"Hopefully not a C&D"
Educational purposes. C'mon, do a little research before stoking the flames.
@Chocobo_Shepherd I thought it was quite witty, myself.
@Chocobo_Shepherd too good to pass up on it.
I personally will be impressed if they used other games inspiration for their project.
Using Zelda all the time doesn't make me impressed.
Btw, I used the inspiration from Amiibo Festival to make my own board game for Math Club extracurricular activity (with some questions added on the panel since the main topic is Math lesson) and my students like my board game.
Wont get C&D because its not a fan game, its a fan animation.
@Saemon @GrailUK but at the expense of informing readers??
Great video. Great talent
Great video: wow! The animation is excellent but also the story telling is well done for the short length.
@Chocobo_Shepherd dude, it’s a joke… Lighten up for pete’s sake
That was a beautifully done animation. The way his characters moved and use of color was excellent. I thought the music and sound was done very well too. That “A” was well deserved!
Need I remind you, the only fan animations that get taken down through a C&D are those that are completely unrepresentative of Nintendo's content. Adult entertainment is the number one thing to get shot down.
The talent to make your own cartoons. It's the dream!
This is quite typical western animation despite the apparent anime style. The facial expressions are overdone.
The animations of Link in BotW looks a lot better and more realistic. The same difference can be seen between quality japanese anime vs. quality western animated movies.
And i seriously enjoyed watching this.
Wow, and with a name like Jordan LeBlanc, that basically guarantees him fame. That's a famous person's name.
These fan animations and movies are terrific as are the people who make them. They do excellent stuff. Now if only an official Zelda project could come out someday.
@G_M Jokes are good. I'd be more open to the joke if journalism in general took its profession more seriously though. Every time there is an article about C&Ds from Nintendo you see people on this site go absolutely nuclear in both directions. Which is especially troubling considering the authors of those articles never provide all the details of the reality of IP law.
So to then have another article where the author prioritizes being a comedian over being a journalist? Yea, that's a sore spot for me.
I didn’t get that c and d thing, but then I did! Xx
A sea bass!
No wait---it's at least a C+!
I honestly hope you're joking too.
It's just a clever joke about an animation project. No one is taking this as seriously as you are. Chillax.
@DDFawfulGuy Love the first part of your comment.
How about this: I'll chill about IP law when game journalists stop riling people up about it for clicks and comments. Fair enough??
That was excellent. Whimsical little fan project. Love it. Well deserved A
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