02 – Avatar: The Last Airbender

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It’s Wumi’s turn to pitch and… boy, has he gone for a tough one.

Here’s some extra stuff for you to check out:

  • Bite My Shiny Metal Avatar: The above image is by graphic designer Ian Leino. You can buy a copy (or a t-shirt) from his website.
  • The film came out with a Prequel Comic, showing Zuko’s (played by Dev Patel) life before the events of the film. It’s actually not that bad. While it doesn’t make up for the film, it’s a well-told story which shows what happens between his banishment and stumbling upon Aang. It also gives us the origin of his Blue Spirit mask and sword. If you’re a fan of the show, it’s worth a read.
  • I stumbled across a behind-the-scenes video following Aang actor Noah Ringer around the set for a day. Look how happy he looks… when he’s not filming. Reading reviews about how bad the child actors were in this film almost makes you forget that they are just children. In most cases, they can only act as well as the Director can make them.
  • Remember James Cameron’s Avatar? Sort of? Well, that film caused several problems for The Last Airbender:
    • For starters, The Last Airbender had to drop part of it’s name to avoid confusion.
    • Avatar‘s 3D success caused several productions to convert their upcoming films to 3D. In addition to increasing their budget, due to time constrains, 30 minutes of the film had to be cut from the final film to have it finished by their release date.
    • The conversion job on the film also caused it to look too dark when audiences put on their 3D glasses – one of the many complaints about the film.
  • “Cartoons are for kids.”: WRONG! There’s been a recent boom in animated shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender with stories that appeal to children and adults alike. This article goes through 4 which are still on the air (and one which has just concluded.)
  • This video essay by Tony Zhou explains how prolific director Akira Kurosawa used movement – of both the camera and his actors – to tell his story.

That’s it for this week, join us next week where Deeby’s bringing us a real swell Coen Brothers sequel, oh ya.