Avatar the Last Airbender – FEEL THE AWESOMENESS

This is the most awesome cartoon series I have ever watched! This is the kind of cartoon series I would have loved to have watched as a little girl. Avatar is a Nickelodeon children’s series, not an anime.

Long ago the four nations lived together in harmony. But then everything changed when the fire nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements could stop them, but when the world needed him most he vanished. A hundred years pass by and Katara and her brother Sokka have discovered the new Avatar, an Airbender named Aang. The last of the Air nomads, Aang must master water bending, earth bending and fire bending in order to become a fully realised Avatar and bring peace and balance back to the four nations by defeating the Fire Lord the leader of the Fire Nation.

This series is 3 seasons long, each one focusing on Aang mastering a different element.  Of course there’s more to it than that, Aang has to find his water, earth, fire-bending masters to teach him in a world oppressed by the fire nation. Every episode Aang and the gang (fu fu fu that rhymes) have to stay one step ahead of the fire nation, and the exiled Prince Zuko who wishes to capture the Avatar to regain his honour.

The animation in this series is just mind blowing! With every episode you can watch the animators get more and more comfortable with the style and flow of movement. That was one of the greatest appeals for this series,  not only watching the characters and story develop and grow, but to actually see the storytelling and animation grow as well. I love to be able to see my artists improving (especially in comic books).

So 2 years ago my beloved series ends. My animation friends and I mourned the loss. Then we discovered something that made our blood run cold. THEY WERE MAKING A LIVE ACTION MOVIE.  In our Avatar starved, Avatar crazed state, we were first excited, the idea of more Avatar was so thrilling. After some reflection though we began to dread it. How would one condense 20 half hour episodes into one substantial movie? Who would direct this movie? Who would they cast to play our beloved characters? There were some early scares, like Jesse McCartney playing Zuko (even now I still break out in a cold sweat at the thought.) Then M. Night Shamalamamalalalaalalal (can’t for the life me remember how to spell it) was named director. The question became could he do it? Avatar is so far out of Shyamalan’s (it has a ‘y’!?) chosen genre, can he pull off a hardcore fantasy movie?

Well watch this trailer and tell me what you think:

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2 thoughts on “Avatar the Last Airbender – FEEL THE AWESOMENESS

  1. hmmm…the trailer looks pretty awesome but, after watching the series, I still have some reservations.

    1. How well will they be able to do character development within the short space of a movie? In the series, you can become very attached to the characters and if they aren’t the same in the movie it may be a bit of a let down.

    2. How well with the actors portray what the characters are supposed to be? In the trailer we only get to see the serious Aang, but what about the other side of the character, which is very fun-loving and energetic?

    But besides all this, perhaps we should treat the movie as a stand-alone and judge it on it’s own merits as a seperate story when we finally get to see it. Then we won’t be too disappointed when it doesn’t stay true to the series – which it won’t stay completely true to because it cannot, the difference in length and medium will require at least some changes.

    The trailer looks awesome, and I can’t wait to see the movie!

    • THANK YOU an objective Avatar fan. There are very few people who can look at the movie version of a book or series in this case, and seperate the two. As a movie Last Airbender looks good, but like you said, how loyal will the charcters in the movie be to the characters in the series. Also making a movie on the first season of Avatar is easy, but how (and this is if they do make a sequel) will they approch the second and third season? they would have to make at least 2 movies for each season, maybe even 3! Makes me wonder whether they truly sat down and thought this all through.

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