Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Giddiness Over The Last Airbender

In case you did not know I have a degree in Film and Video. My love of cinema makes me keep an open mind to new shows, movies and yes, even animation. I was living with my then in-laws when I caught the very first episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was making my former nephew observe a much needed time-out break on the sofa. He did not find it interesting but I was hooked.

Last year while indulging in my latest childhood-nostalgia-turned-summer-blockbuster-movie I saw the preview for this movie and immediately turned into a kid. Think I lost cool points with my date, he had no idea who Aang was and had the nerve to ask me what was an Airbender? (He lost cool points for that one)

I have been looking forward to this movie for a solid year. You can find the original Nick animated series here. I am a little worried about M. Knight being the producer, he is known to be a little Tarantino-esque with his thinking but the original storyline and Japanese animation were simply awesome and got better with each season. This film is sure to have a major following.

This is the original opening from the animated series. Yes, I have seen every episode. Would love to have the box set on DVD.

This is the original full-length movie trailer (the one that had me jumping out my seat screaming at the big screen "No! Can't be...It's Aang! It's the Avatar!") does a pretty good job at explaining the characters and storyline.

This trailer is better if you like action. Not sure of the effects translating from animation to real life but it looks promising.

I think I am going to take my 11-year-old cousin, when I mentioned the film he was the only one as excited as I was. I know where I will be for at least two hours this holiday weekend :-)

Until Next Time,
Peace & Blessings...


  1. My son watches this all the time, he can't wait to go see the movie, my brother promised to take him but I really want to tag along too.

  2. SunSoakerB,
    One of my boys has offered to take me this weekend. The critic reviews are not good but the regular reviews are ok. Still looking forward to it.

    You should go, let me know what you think :)

  3. I feel so out of the loop. I have no idea what an Airbender is, either. I wanted to check out the clips but I am unable to do so at the time. I will check 'em out this weekend and let you know what I think.

    Enjoy. Hopefully I will be enjoying the Essence Festival myself, soaking up the entertainment and culinary artists and eating everything in sight.

  4. My children love the last airbender. I started watching it because of them not alot but enough to know what is going on.
    They were faithful watchers to the end of the cartoon.

    I wanted to see the movie until I read all the reviews then, I changed my mind.

    The water bison is so cute in the film. I want him as my pet.

  5. Don,
    Yes, you are out of the loop. LOL!

    The True Urban Queen,
    I am with your kids as I was a faithful watcher to the end as well :) I am disappointed with the critics reviews and have not seen the film yet. Hope it is not bad because this one is only based on season one and there were plans for sequels.

    I agree on the water bison Appa and can't wait to see what they did with the monkey Momo.

  6. I went to see the movie while on vacation and I loved it! I also enjoy the cartoon but that's from my ex's daughter who watches cartoons from sun up til sun down.

    The critics don't want the cartoon and that's the problem. Those who are faithful to the show will enjoy the movie... that's my 2 cents.