Uploaded on Feb 14, 2010
M. Night Shyamalan has written and directed this film adaptation to one of Nickelodeon's most popular shows, a series in three parts that follows Aang, the last of the Airbenders, and the Avatar whose purpose is to keep the world in balance.
In part one of The Last Airbender, Aang has been frozen in a block of ice for about 100 years, during which time the world has stooped into chaos. Divided into four parts based on the elements Fire, Earth, Water, and Air, the Fire Nation is essentially on a conquest for world domination, and it is Aang's duty to stop them.
The Last Airbender has its Super Bowl spot released before the big game and it has started quite a stir amongst fans of the original animated series and those who are looking forward to a martial arts action trilogy that kicks off this summer.
Instead of breaking the news about the trailer, I'm going to analyze the spot from the perspective of an avid fan from day one of the animated series and as a lover of movies. Both of my kids, one boy and one girl, can't wait to see the live-action adventures of Aang, Sokka, and Katara as they race against time to make it to the Northern Water Tribe before the Fire Nation's Prince Zuko captures the last airbender.
Industrial Light and Magic has done it again. All of the "bending" effects were shown in this thirty second spot. Aang's airbending is both subtle and kicks butt when he takes on dozens of Fire Nation soldiers around him. The waterbenders of the Northern Water Tribe appear to be in full command against the invading Fire Nation when a waterbending master (Master Pakku, perhaps?) whips a swath of water that knocks out half a dozen soldiers.
My favorite scene in the trailer is perhaps the shortest one. A firebender shoots fire towards an earthbender who tries to block the blast with a chunk of earth he raises up from the ground. The flames shoot through the rock and knock the earthbender backwards.
If this is how the bending effects look, I can't wait until the end of the last movie when Aang becomes a fully realized Avatar. Fans of the original series will know what I'm talking about.
True to the Original
Several images portrayed in the trailer are taken absolutely directly from Michael DiMartino's and Bryan Konietzko's original vision of the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The image of the iceberg in which Aang is found is excellent and true to the original. The shot of Sokka and Katara huddled together in front of their tribe is also very much from the first episodes of Avatar.
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