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The New Avatar [UPDATED]

UPDATE 2:

UGO (via ComicBookMovie) has some more tittilating info on the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff, The Legend Of Korra. They confirm that it will be a mini-series, tighter than the original, with less filler episodes. Check out the rest from the creators here. One of the best and worst pieces of information is that the cabbage guy won’t appear, but “his legacy will be present in some form.” Take that Shyamalan!

UPDATE:

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino on their upcoming spin-off, The Legend of Korra. It comes complete with the concept art above of Korra looking over Republic City, the more mature tone of the new series, and a slight diss of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Read the full thing here.

PREVIOUSLY:

While fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been varying degrees of dissappointed with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, there’s hope for the future of the franchise. Nickelodeon has just greenlit The Legend Of Korra from the same creative team as Avatar. This story takes place in the Avatar world 70 years after the conclusion of the first show. It follows a female Avatar named Korra as she masters airbending under the tutelage of Aang’s son in the new airbending city. You can read the full rundown at SuperHeroHype.

I think this is an incredible idea and I am excited that I’m just hearing about it and it comes out next year. It’s always nice to be surprised by new, good shows. I can’t wait to see the world again, especially after the events of the series. And as opposed to traditional hackey cameos in spin-off shows, this allows us to see all of the characters we love in a completely different stage of their life, and see the world and mythology we know through a new set of eyes.

Review: The Last Airbender

The only way I know how to start this is by saying that I love Avatar: The Last Airbender. From the moment I first stumbled across the show on Nickelodeon in the summer of 2006, I was hooked. The action and animation were fantastic, but what initially got my interest was the story. I’ve always loved elemental manipulation in fantasy, so an entire show about won my nerd heart. But the thing that I truly appreciated about Avatar and what kept me coming back was the humor and the humanity. All of the characters were so relatable and fleshed out, I was amazed that this was a cartoon for kids. It didn’t talk down to you. And when it came to jokes, they could be the typical kid gags, aiming for easy laughs, but they piled on top of that more absurdity and quirkiness than I’d seen since the glory days of Nick animation. Where the show triumps, the film fails. It has the elemental control, it has the visuals, and it has the action. Unfortunately, it lacks the humor and humanity. Hit the jump for my review (w/ minor spoilers).
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The Races Of The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan in his own words on The Last Airbender race controversy

The above is a fascinating interview Indie Movies Online did with M. Night Shyamalan on the race controversy surrounding The Last Airbender. I’m a huge fan of Avatar and was a little peeved at first about the casting of several white actors for the main roles. The more I’ve thought about it and read Shyamalan’s thoughts on it, the better of felt. And this interview really drives the point home. Aside from the fact that many of the main characters (and the director himself) are Asian, there’s the fact that the cartoon and all anime series aren’t explicitly Asian. In fact, many are oddly Caucasian in their looks and given Japan’s fetishism with America, that’s not surprising. The strongest point in the interview comes when Shyamalan breaks down the races of the four nations. For any Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, I highly recommend reading this.

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