Joe Granato has launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise funds for It's Dangerous To Go Alone: The Movie, a documentary about The Legend of Zelda.
The Legend of Zelda has a pretty dedicated fanbase. There are people that have been devotees of the franchise since its earliest inception and for many gamers the adventure to save Hyrule was a landmark of their childhoods. Hoping to explore the effect the series has had on its fans and gaming culture, filmmaker Joe Granato has gone to Kickstarter seeking $50,000 to help fund his documentary, It's Dangerous To Go Alone:The Movie.
"From the time most of us first touched [The Legend of Zelda], our lives were changed. As children, the fantasy game contained in that golden plastic NES cartridge was our initiation into our own imaginations," said Granato on his Kickstarter page. "Many of us have gone on to become creatives...writers, filmmakers, game designers, painters, sculptors, illustrators, animators...and we owe our first creative compulsions to our adventure contained in that golden cartridge." It's Dangerous To Go Alone: The Movie aims to explore the root of the Zelda franchise's appeal and the depth of it's influence on people around the world. The documentary will focus a lens on artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers whose work has been influenced by the Zelda games. "For those of you who have invested thousands of hours in the world of Hyrule, it will validate your passion."
Regardless of the passions being validated, $50,000 could come across to some as a somewhat hefty sum to answer the question of why people like Zelda. Granted, it takes money to make movies, and Granato isn't asking as much as many other documentary filmmakers that are crowdfunding via Kickstarter. That said, he also doesn't offer much explanation on his project page as to where the funds will be actually be going, something that potential contributors might appreciate. The price tag notwithstanding, this is a subject that many fans of Zelda and gaming, myself included, would probably enjoy seeing discussed. In the least, it would be nice to have a film telling us the hours we spent trying to burn every bush in Hyrule weren't wasted.