A Movie Thought

So, I promise not to get off topic too often, but this is a little thing I just couldn’t avoid.

Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Having seen the full trailer now, I just want to cry. This movie is based on one of the best animated series I’ve ever seen. The show had humor, drama, coming-of-age bits, romance and complicated, very adult situations for children to find themselves in. This is one of those ‘cartoons’ that, like a Pixar movie, shows that even a story about talking dogs and a flying house is capable of being beautiful and touching the hearts of adults, while still appealing to children. I resisted watching Avatar for a long time, because I didn’t want another disappointment from a cartoon series. When I finally broke down, I ended up watching all of first season in about a day. I was enchanted. In a way I hadn’t been since I was a kid myself.

But this movie looks terrible. The trailer actually convinces me that I don’t want to see it. Go check out the official site and then come back and let me know what you think. Is it just me?

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7 responses

  1. Just out of curiosity, have you watched The Spectacular Spider-Man?

    I know that we do not always see eye-to-eye on entertainment, so the fact that I like it is no guarantee that you will, but it is fantastic…spectacular, one might even say. You may recall that I loved the Spider-Man movies – the cartoon is way better. Great voice casting (Clancy Brown in TWO roles), lengthy storylines (I think each villain has at least two episodes, even if they aren’t sequential), awesome villain selection, and a high school-aged Peter Parker, which is always a big plus for me. What Ultimate Spider-Man did for Spidey in print Spectacular does for him on television.

  2. I’ve never seen it. I looked it up though and it looks really cool. It’s also being done by Greg Weisman, the man behind Gargoyles… one of my other favorite shows, so, I’m gonna have to find a way to watch this…

    Thanks

    1. You can get the first season through Netflix, and probably at Blockbuster, and I’m fairly certain that the second season is still on youtube – I can send you a link to it if you’d like.

      I really can’t say enough great things about that show. The list of “things they did right” is a mile long, and the list of “things they did wrong” is a few nitpicks scrawled on the back of a Pizza Hut receipt.

      As you’ve no doubt heard, the Spider-Man movie series is being rebooted, and that they intend to focus on Peter in high school. If I had the means to do so I would sit the people in charge of it down at a table and slap down a stack of Ultimate Spider-Man comics and both seasons of Spectacular Spider-Man. “You want to reboot the series? No one leaves this room until you’ve read and watched all of this.”

  3. I have to agree with the sentiment on this movie. However, I lost most any hope for it being good when Shyamalan was signed on to direct it. Casting certainly didn’t help, and I’ve just ignored it since then.

  4. From what I’ve heard of the reboot of the Spiderman movies, they intend to use Ultimate SM as the basis for said reboot.

    If they do it right, it will be awesome.

    I’ll check on Netflix for the first season. Thanks for the lead.

  5. Avatar is nice cartoon movie but the history is to short..

    1. It is true that the three seasons didn’t delve too deeply into the history, but I’d say the history of the show was very evocative. Because the story centered on younger characters, I suppose that their view of history was somewhat truncated.

      Despite its short life, I would say the creators built a lot of story into very short episodes.

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