Mar 6, 2024 | podcast

Joel, and Jonny discuss the world building, element bending, strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies of the new live action series adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix.

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FROM: GrandpaCrafter
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SUBJECT: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Hi Joel, and Pix!

I love the work that was being done to capture the look, and feel of the animated series. In particular, I was really pleased to see the casting, makeup, and costuming aim to replicate the characters look, and sound quite closely. I’ve been especially impressed with Dallas Liu, as Zuko.

I think the compromises they’ve made to compress 20-ish animated episodes into 8 live-action episodes has been overall pretty solid. I have a few quibbles about logic here, and there, but when shrinking it over 50%, they were bound to run into a few problematic areas.

The one area I’m somewhat disappointed with is the writing for Aang. I feel he’s rather more serious in the live-action than I remember him being, especially in the beginning of the animated series. I think Gordon Cormier is doing a great job in the role but has been given less to work with than they might have built into the script for a 12-year-old. 

What do you folks think?


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