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    I saw the movie when it came out because my nieces got me hooked on the animated series. The film lacks the humor of the cartoon. Acting is patchy. Effects are amazing. It was really odd to hear the names pronounced differently - it took me about 3/4 of the movie to actually get over it. LOL. Not the worst movie but kind of disappointing overall for three huge fans of the show.

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    I too am a fan of the cartoon thanks to my daughter. I would say I am more than a fan, close to obsessed lol. I heard about a year and half ago that this movie was coming out and was SOOO excited. Was kinda shocked that jesse mccartney was cast as zuko, TOTALLY didn't see it and that's when I started having my doubts. then the "racebending" issue. But with all I learned I expected there to not be much humor, and it be more action based. I tried to keep an open mind when I went in to the movie. I actually loved it. Taking to account that you cant fit a whole season into one movie and need to tweak things for the time allotted, to me it was a good movie. Now i wouldn't say its the best movie ever, and I too hope the next one will be able to be made so it can be better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyKay;3982115;
    I too am a fan of the cartoon thanks to my daughter. I would say I am more than a fan, close to obsessed lol. I heard about a year and half ago that this movie was coming out and was SOOO excited. Was kinda shocked that jesse mccartney was cast as zuko, TOTALLY didn't see it and that's when I started having my doubts. then the "racebending" issue. But with all I learned I expected there to not be much humor, and it be more action based. I tried to keep an open mind when I went in to the movie. I actually loved it. Taking to account that you cant fit a whole season into one movie and need to tweak things for the time allotted, to me it was a good movie. Now i wouldn't say its the best movie ever, and I too hope the next one will be able to be made so it can be better!
    While I was excited to see this movie I knew it wouldn't be the same experience as watching a 3 season 60 + episodes animated show on commercial TV. While I enjoyed aspects of the film I didn't feel the joy that the animated series gave me. I did like the sets and costumes and in the limited time the film had that was done very well. The opening scenes of Katara and Sokka finding Aang were quite well done. I was surprised though that the previous avatars did not speak to Aang in the temple, but I did like how the dragon was his guide in his spirit quest. The fight scenes were good. Overall the movie wasn't that bad but it was missing a spark. I was very surprised as the venom the critics and the fans are throwing at the movie. I want there to be more movies, with a different director. I don't want the negativity toward the director to derail that this is a wonderful story and it would be great to see the entire story on film that is why I support this film. Unfortunately I think this film is being tarred with the fall of the director's career.
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    More (original) Airbender news! ^_^

    The creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” say that the new spinoff series “The Legend of Korra” will be more mature than the original show, but will still have the same sense of fun and adventure.

    Nickelodeon, the network behind the original show, today announced that it will air the “Avatar” spinoff series “The Legend of Korra” (a working title) starting next year.

    The first series took place in a world in which supernatural “benders” have the ability to manipulate the elements of air, earth, fire and water, and focused on Aang, a young airbender who turned out to be the Avatar, a person capable of controlling all the elements. The new series takes place 70 years later in the same world and follows the new Avatar, a teen girl named Korra who has learned to bend earth, water and fire and seeks to master air under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin.

    Earlier this summer, director M. Night Shyamalan released a live-action theatrical version of the first series called “The Last Airbender” that was poorly received by critics, although it posted respectable numbers in early box office returns.

    Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” took the time to talk to Speakeasy today about the new series.
    You can read the rest of the interview here:
    'Legend of Korra': The 'Avatar' Creators on the New Spinoff - Speakeasy - WSJ

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    More (original) Airbender news! ^_^

    The creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” say that the new spinoff series “The Legend of Korra” will be more mature than the original show, but will still have the same sense of fun and adventure.

    Nickelodeon, the network behind the original show, today announced that it will air the “Avatar” spinoff series “The Legend of Korra” (a working title) starting next year.

    The first series took place in a world in which supernatural “benders” have the ability to manipulate the elements of air, earth, fire and water, and focused on Aang, a young airbender who turned out to be the Avatar, a person capable of controlling all the elements. The new series takes place 70 years later in the same world and follows the new Avatar, a teen girl named Korra who has learned to bend earth, water and fire and seeks to master air under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin.

    Earlier this summer, director M. Night Shyamalan released a live-action theatrical version of the first series called “The Last Airbender” that was poorly received by critics, although it posted respectable numbers in early box office returns.

    Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” took the time to talk to Speakeasy today about the new series.
    You can read the rest of the interview here:

    'Legend of Korra': The 'Avatar' Creators on the New Spinoff - Speakeasy - WSJ

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    They showed this on the weekend on one of the cable channels and I watched the last hour. I must admit while the sets and costume design are wonderful the story is not bad if you haven't ever seen the animated series. What the movie misses that the animated series was all about was that Aang was fun. The movie has no spark of fun.


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    Also posted on the Avatar: The Last Airbender thread.

    M. Night Shyamalan Explains Why We Didn't Get His Last Airbender Movie - CINEMABLEND

    M. Night Shyamalan Explains Why We Didn't Get His Last Airbender Movie
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    At this point, the idea that M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender was a big-budget, box-office disaster is well established in the ignominious annals of cinematic stinkers. While the film was widely panned by the critic community for a number of reasons, it seems that the director is offering up a different explanation: It was made for 9-year-olds, and adults didn't get that.

    Recently speaking to IGN about his latest role as a producer on the Fox television series Wayward Pines, Shyamalan sportingly indulged a topic shift to one of his most notorious failures in 2010’s The Last Airbender and even offers up a theory as to why audiences just weren’t receptive to the adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series. According to Shyamalan:
    My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did -- for nine and 10-year-olds -- or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn't do that.

    Shyamalan’s statement came about when posed with rough comments made last year from Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino, who created the originally inspiring animated show, Avatar: The Last Airbender. As far as they’re concerned, they prefer to pretend that Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation never existed. It’s feedback that certainly isn’t pulling punches and probably still hurts to some degree five whole years after the fact. However, it seems that in Shyamalan’s mind, he created a film that was uncompromising to the source material to the point of its own detriment.

    As the director would further explain, his film’s status as an adaptation of a contemporary animated show aimed at children seemed to inspire him to make his film for that same demographic. Shyamalan uses the Transformers films as an example of the opposite end of that spectrum, identifying it as a live-action adaptation of a children’s property in which the "children" have long since grown up and need to be buoyed by other distracting elements like, say, Megan Fox bending over in slow motion in her Daisy Dukes while giant robots send subliminal Taco Bell messages amidst explosions in the background.

    Likewise, it is implied that The Last Airbender was meant to be an accessible gateway to a deeper take on elements featured on the animated series such Eastern philosophy and mysticism that contemporaneously spoke to the 9- and 10-year-old fans of the property who were still children at the time of the film’s release. Of course, in a critique that has been often implied, the narrative style was generally seen as clumsy and directionless, plus the dialogue, while focusing on fictional, quasi-mystical concepts, came across as nonsensical to audiences across a wide range of demographics.

    However, Shyamalan seems to remain adamant about his approach to the film, claiming that tainting a supposed children’s property with provocative bells and whistles in a desperate attempt to appeal to the young adult demographic would be a compromise he was not interested in making. In fact, he still claims to get feedback from children and parents going up to him saying that they love The Last Airbender animated show AND the movie. He declares that the movie remains a tribute to those kids. We’ll just have to take his word that they’re out there.
    He is so delusional if he thinks kids, adults and parents love BOTH the TV show AND the movie.

    Why is he even bringing this up 5 years after the film was released?
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