The last time we saw some Robin Williams-themed Zelda goodness, I seem to have given the dreadful impression that I was being disrespectful - something for which I feel compelled to make amends. While I'm not enormously fond of his standup, and his films have been hit-or-miss affair for me, there's something undeniably sweet about Mr.Williams. Thus, I decry in the strongest terms those who would roll their eyes and say "Yeah Robin, we know you love the Zelda games." The 30 second video feature the his trademark, grandfatherly delivery that is nothing if not pleasing to the ear, interspersed with cutscenes and gameplay from Skyward Sword. While short and sweet, it does have a troubling lack of "beard."
Mine was a generation that grew up on films like "Hook" and "Aladdin;" thus I've found these commercials to be a sort of double dose of nostalgia. Truth be told, the only bone I have to pick with Robin Williams is over the film, "Mrs. Doubtfire." It could have been a beautiful tale, using this cross-dressing schtick to convey a message about tolerance - teaching children an adults alike that one's identity lies not in adherence to the gender binary, but what lies in one's heart - and to the writers' credit, they tried. Still, the physical representation of this "Mrs. Doubtfire" proved so terrifying as to send me headlong into a series of night terrors, which would be alleviated only by years of therapy, coping mechanisms, and enough Valium to kill twelve men and a horse. For that, Robin Williams, I will never forgive you.