January - June 2010
6/30/10: Movie reviews from critics & those who have seen screenings are starting to roll in, and it's looking bad, bad, bad. Ember Island Players called it. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the movie at 7%, with 29 reviews, 27 of them rotten. For a fan's perspective, Mike Le wrote up a detailed recount of which characters are and aren't in the film, which plots were used, changed, and dropped, as well as an overview of the 3D, action, pacing, and acting.
So far, the majority of movie complaints are towards the bad writing and exposition-filled dialogue, the wooden acting and zero character development, the randomly jumping and incomprehensible plot, the overuse of voice overs, the poorly-directed action scenes, a few mentions of the racebending, and how terribly non-existent the 3D is. I hear the effects are decent, though.
While I'm not wasting my money on this, for those still determined to see it, I at least ask you take the advice of not seeing the 3D version.
My deepest condolences to Mike, Bryan, and the rest of the Avatar crew who put their hearts and souls into the show, only for the movie to turn out like this. May the silver-lined sandwich be that at least more people will be aware of the original show now.
6/13/10: Are you going to be in Los Angeles this Saturday? If so, you can meet the show co-creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko at the Art of the Animated Series book signing! Golden Apple Comics on 7018 Melrose Avenue, June 19th at 1pm. Congrats to those who make it!
5/22/10: New show news! On May 18th Viacom filed a trademark for the title Avatar: Legend of Korra, for a number of goods/services from entertainment to clothes and more. This was reported on Twitter, but the actual records can be found on the US Trademark website (search Korra). So, who is Korra and is this really the title of the new show? I guess we'll find out sooner or later. :)
4/20/10: The news seems to be true: Nickelodeon is hiring staff for a new Avatar: The Last Airbender animated project! Best news yet, it seems the original show's co-creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are involved! (Those looking to apply should check here, good luck!) When more info on this new show is released, I'll update with it. =)
In other news, a Collector's Edition boxset for Book 1: Water of the show is being released, and includes a new cover and an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary and illustrated paperback book on how the show was made. (Amazon link, out June 22nd)
1/8/10: Happy new year! Great news; Dark Horse Comics is releasing a 184-page book called Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series. OMG yes, an art book! It goes on sale June 2nd for $35. Source is here (scroll down), but below is the important info:
You can click on the above image to see the full-sized gorgeous cover.
June can't come soon enough. ^^ (Merchandise has been updated.)
"An unprecedented look at the concept, design, and production art behind this smash-hit series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Art of the Animated Series chronicles the show's development—from the very first sketch through to the series finale and beyond!—along with behind-the-scenes commentary from series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino."
* Featuring hundreds of images, most of which Nickelodeon has never released to the public!
* Hard cover, full color, 184 pages, 9" x 12"
* On sale June 2nd, $34.99