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: