Tag: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Guess what? Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search – Part 1 is headed to stores and available for purchase from comic shops right now!
For those of you who haven’t seen Avatar: The Last Airbender, today is your lucky day! Go watch all of it right now! For our non-US readers, the show is call Avatar: The Legend of Aang outside the US. After that you you’ll get to watch the sequel series Avatar: Legend of Korra and read the last graphic novel Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (Parts 1,2, and 3)! So much to catch up on and it is so worth it, because one of everybody’s major questions from the first series is finally about to be answered, or at least starting to be answered, since The Search will have 3 parts just like The Promise.
The co-creator of the show, Mike DiMartino, has posted an article advertising the release of the comic. In it he shares his fears about releasing this story. It’s been four and a half years since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender with this major question hanging over our heads. People have been fantasizing what the answer might be. Will this comic answer it satisfactorily or will things go the way of Lost? It’s a creator’s dilemma and if you know what question I’m talking about, I recommend reading the article here.
Unless you have access to the internet. Then you can totally watch the premier at KorraNation.com! Apparently Nick was running a promotion to get 100,000 likes on Facebook. And they got it.
The series already has 28 episodes produced, with an expected 2 season of 14 episodes each.
For those of you who missed it, here is the official trailer:
And two other trailers:
So as per my post yesterday, showing off Dan Well’s fantasy football team, I’ve decided to draft my own team in similar style. Afterall if there is only one team in the SPFL (Speculative Fiction Football League) (I would have claimed FFL but I suspect the NFL already has that as their acronym for fantasy football, right?) then Dan’s team would automatically win and we can’t have that, right?
So to be fair, I’ll be picking in a similar style to Dan Well’s choices and I will also not be able to pick any of the choices he has made.
So according to the snippets of football movies and televisions shows I’ve seen, the Coach is the guy who gets pissed off a lot on the side lines while their team sucks and then ultimately gets liquids poured on them when the team manages to come together and win, despite all the odds. I also think they plan the maneuvers the team does on the field, because I remember scenes of coaches pointing at Xs and Os a lot. So I need someone who is a master of strategy, and for flavor, I want someone who stays cool under pressure. First person that comes to mind is The Riddler but having my coach get beat up at half time by some lunatic in a bat costume (who isn’t a mascot!) would be bad press. There is, of course, Original Universe Spock, whose logic would likely benefit the team heavily but I suspect his cool demeanor would work against his ability to motivate the rest of the team. So ultimately my choice is going to have to come from Shikimaru from Naruto. Sure he is a little young to be a coach, but he is a master strategist. Additionally his usually lazy demeanor would keep him from getting overly heated when his team was losing while still motivating him and his ability to control shadows would keep this team from sneaking up behind him to pour liquids over his head.
So as Dan put it, the QB need to throw stuff and be a good field leader. I’ll translate good field leader into is good with tactics. Well the first choice is Waka from Final Fantasy X. Afterall he played in his world’s version of football called Blitz Ball, and his primary combat weapon is throwing a blitz ball at enemies. However I think he might be lacking in the tactics part, since his team kinda sucked until Tidus came along. Another good thrower would be Donkey Kong but I suspect his tactics would be to just throw passes or run the ball himself, which is tactically sound but not always preferable. I don’t want a QB who is predictable. So I will have to go with Link from Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past. Link is a weapon’s expert, well-known for his ability to throw both boomerangs, bombs, rocks, bushes, and even clay pots. In addition the man has saved the kingdom of Hyrule (and various other principalities) from evil multiple times over without a team or coaching, which would suggest excellent tactical capabilities.
So an update on the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender. This was announced last year right before Comic Con that the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been creating a new series set in the same world. It is called Avatar: Legend of Korra. Written again by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko this seires has a planned 26 episodes
The series takes place in the future of the world of element bending and focusing on Korra, the next Avatar, who has already mastered the art of bending earth, fire, and water, but now needs to learn how to bend air and must seek out Aang’s son Tenzin. The series will primarily take place in a location called Republic City and will have a steampunk vibe, as technology has come to odds with the bending traditions.
Doesn’t that trailer look awesome? I really can’t wait to see this series. I am really hoping it will do well and will spur on more than just twenty six episodes.
If you’d like more information, you can find it at the Avatar Wikia.
So my last “full” review was Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was not a good movie. Since then I’ve seen two very good films, Toy Story 3 and Inception. Neither movie, however, prompted me to write a review for them. I made commentary on certain aspects of the film, but not the films themselves.
And then we have Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Note: Yes I’m totally ripping off Dr. Strangelove. No I don’t really know much about the movie other than it is awesome, according to a lot of my friends. I haven’t really seen it all that much.
So I went to see The Last Airbender this afternoon. There were plans that were made to see it opening night however horrible reviews by critics and long travel times made those plans slip to the following day, and then further, until I finally I found some time today to see a matinée. It was both my love of the series it is based off of and a review byMovie Bob that made me go see it. Otherwise I can’t say I’d recommend this movie to anyone other than those people who are already going to go see it despite whatever I may say. I’m not expressly saying don’t go see it but if you’re already on the fence, don’t go see it, and if you do go see it, go see it matinée. For those of you who have never seven seen the television series, I actually do suggest you don’t see this movie until you have at least watched the first season.
So for those of you who don’t know, The Last Airbender is based off a cartoon called Avatar: The Last Airbender, distributed by Nicklodean Studios and created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. It is a story about a world where people are born with the ability to control the four natural elements of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water, called “Bending”. Around these four elements, four nations grew and lived together peacefully under the guidance of the Avatar, the one person who can bend all four elements. The show, which is 3 seasons long, focuses on young boy named Aang, who the newest Avatar after the Avatar disappeared for a hundred years. During that time, the Nation of Fire took advantage of the Avatar’s absence and waged a war upon the other three nations. Aang and his friends travel the world, trying to prepare him to face the leader of the Fire Nation before the world loses the war.
Despite the seriousness of the synopsis, the television show does an excellent job of presenting an interesting world for both children and adults to enjoy. The premise, characterization, and breadth of the story intrigue older viewers, while the story, animation, and humor engage children. I have even heard the show is popular among the teenage age group as well. If you have no seen the series, I highly suggest you give the first few episodes a try.
But this blog post deals with The Last Airbender, not Avatar: The Last Airbender. I am not going to make an exhaustive review of this, simply because I’m not sure the movie warrants it. The movie, unlike the television show, was written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan and while I have enjoyed all his past movies, I can’t say I enjoyed this one and of all the problems I can think of, they all rest more or less on Shyamalan shoulders.
So what was wrong with this movie? What makes it the first really bad review I’m ever going to give a movie? Well when it comes down to it, it is how the story was told. The movie consists of an excessive amount of scenes told at “The speed of kid”, that is to say just enough to get the point across with dialog or visuals, then moving on to the next scene. One might say that it had an action film feel to it, except that the majority of scenes were exposition and dialog rather than action. Being a fan of the television show, I pretty much understood everything that was going on but I feel bad for any who aren’t. I have a hard time believing that without a history of the story, people could actually follow what was going on. To compound the issue, the acting in the film wasn’t really all that great. Often times I will hear a friend claim that a movie wasn’t well acted when I didn’t really see anything wrong with the performances but this time it was painfully obvious. Shots lingered where children just kind of stood around. Lines were delivered unemotionally or with hesitation. This was not limited to just the child actors either, sadly.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard other reviews. Some will tell you the entire movie is nothing but bad. I can’t agree with that. But we all know I find entertainment in areas where most won’t even bother to look. But some reviews have commented that there are certain aspects of the film which are worth seeing such as the cinematography, costuming, special effects, and the action. Well I can agree with two and a half of those things, total. The costuming for the film was excellent and interesting. I loved the invention of it all. The cinematography was good but odd cuts seem to dull its effect a little. Where I differ from most people who seem to want to find something good about the film is the special effects and the action. While the special effects are up to ILM’s usual level of awesomeness, how they were used in the film was somewhat lack luster. Most of the best action scenes are already in the trailer and the rest come out looking somewhat flat. While I understand why fire bending was changed to require a source, it somewhat lost its offensive action thrill when fireballs had to fly from a near by torch. To nitpick, it felt like a majority of the action scenes if they required bending, felt rather flat in their action. And to make matters were, there were exceptionally few of them.
Ultimately the reason why I think The Last Airbender fails is because it made a serious kid’s movie. It had the pacing and dialog of a child’s film, with the tone, atmosphere, and special effects of an adult action film. It lacks that finesse that Avatar: The Last Airbender managed between being having humor children adore, a world adults found interesting, and a story that both could share. This movie lacked the humor but kept the pacing, shortened the story to almost nothing, and presented the world far too quickly for anybody to understand. But at least the fire looked real?
Oh and Appa looked like a reject from Where the Wild Things Are.
I have other nitpicks but honestly, I’m not sure they’re worth saying. So no spoiler section. If you have a complaint or praise of the movie, comments are going to be declared a spoiler zone by default.