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M. Night Shyamalan maintains The Last Airbender is true to the show

03.15.2010

Alright people, listen up. This is the first time I've been able to address you about this since my conversion, but here goes. Go watch "Avatar: The Last Airbender." The entire series. I’ll wait.

Why yes, you’re right, it IS possibly the greatest animated show ever made. The past two weeks I’ve been working my way through the series, and upon completion, I have to say it’s simply amazing how a Nickelodeon anime knockoff yielded a show this entertaining and exciting, and characters this complex and likable.

And now, after hearing UGO talk to M. Night about his vision for THE LAST AIRBENDER, and how it’s staying true to the show, I have to say I’m officially excited about this project, and I’m even willing to put THE HAPPENING out of my mind.

The highlights that fans will appreciate:

• The Last Airbender is very much the first in a planned trilogy. Night compares it to Lord of the Rings in that it is all one story not, "more adventures" with your favorite characters. The three films will mirror the three seasons of the series, with some tweaks.

• Night plans to direct all three, but before the second one he wants to bang out a smaller-budgeted thriller.

• Momo is absolutely in the movie. Night still hopes to find a moment where Momo does something really important and somehow saves the day, but for the first one he's in there "just for fun."

• That said, our expectations for the amount of comedy in the films has been managed. Night warns that "what works in the show won't always work in the film" and some of the broad comedy has been cut. Prepare yourselves now - there will be no cabbage salesman in the film. The fate of Penguin Sledding remains inconclusive. (You can parse the reply when you see the video.)

• During one enthusiastic moment discussing the CG effects, the phrase "Master Pakku using water like nun-chucks" was used. Everyone in the room responded, "Coooooool."

• Night hopes the CG in The Last Airbender will be unique in that there isn't as much quick-cutting as in commonly seen in CG-heavy films. Go back and look at his other films and you will see a lot of long takes. This means the CG is going to have to be really top notch, because it can't be hidden away with cutting.

• The writing in the film (in, say, the Waterbending Scroll or Aang's "Wanted" poster) will not be Chinese calligraphy as in the show, but an Asian-inspired pictorial language created just for this movie.

Of all the time to pull through in the clutch M. Night, this is it. 

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Extra Tidbit: If you could control one element, what would it be? Don't say Heart.
Source: UGO

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6:43PM on 03/16/2010
I've not heard about a CGI version of Appa...yip yip!
I've not heard about a CGI version of Appa...yip yip!
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6:46PM on 03/16/2010
I'm correcting myself...Dee Bradley Baker is credited with both Appa and Momo's voices in the movie.
I'm correcting myself...Dee Bradley Baker is credited with both Appa and Momo's voices in the movie.
5:09PM on 03/16/2010

It's On Netflix Instant Play Now!

It's all I've been watching the last 2 days. Such a great relatively unknown show. I've been trying to convince my buddy to watch it but he's a pooper. How come no one wants to Air Bend? YOU CAN FREAKING FLY! Not to mention blow up some skirts in the summer. Yowza!
It's all I've been watching the last 2 days. Such a great relatively unknown show. I've been trying to convince my buddy to watch it but he's a pooper. How come no one wants to Air Bend? YOU CAN FREAKING FLY! Not to mention blow up some skirts in the summer. Yowza!
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6:40PM on 03/16/2010
Ignore this...i'm an idiot at times
Ignore this...i'm an idiot at times
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3:09PM on 03/16/2010

NO WAY!!!

nothing compares to Samurai Jack. Its an adult story told through a kids eyes, with action and adventure inspired by Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Air Bender is good though.
nothing compares to Samurai Jack. Its an adult story told through a kids eyes, with action and adventure inspired by Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Air Bender is good though.
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12:18PM on 03/16/2010

I read they are continuing the tv show soon.

The best animated kids show on tv hands down. Though I love the humor in the show I agree it wouldn't work as well in a movie; anyone see Dragon Ball Evolution?
Fire: I can create my own and don't have to rely on having it around me. Katar can pull water from things, but it is limited.
The best animated kids show on tv hands down. Though I love the humor in the show I agree it wouldn't work as well in a movie; anyone see Dragon Ball Evolution?
Fire: I can create my own and don't have to rely on having it around me. Katar can pull water from things, but it is limited.
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12:17PM on 03/16/2010

I read they are continuing the tv show soon.

The best animated kids show on tv hands down. Though I love the humor in the show I agree it wouldn't work as well in a movie; anyone see Dragon Ball Evolution?
Fire: I can create my own and don't have to rely on having it around me. Katar can pull water from things, but it is limited.
The best animated kids show on tv hands down. Though I love the humor in the show I agree it wouldn't work as well in a movie; anyone see Dragon Ball Evolution?
Fire: I can create my own and don't have to rely on having it around me. Katar can pull water from things, but it is limited.
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9:34AM on 03/16/2010
Avatar is by far the best animated series Nick ever put out. I'm really looking forward to this and hope it's as great as it can be.

Water: The Earth is two thirds water so I'd always have a ready supply :)
Avatar is by far the best animated series Nick ever put out. I'm really looking forward to this and hope it's as great as it can be.

Water: The Earth is two thirds water so I'd always have a ready supply :)
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5:42AM on 03/16/2010

awesome series

only heard about this show last year, and im glad i picked it up. wish there was a show like this when i was a kid (instead of the fkg smurfs).

EARTH bending is coolest. imagine all the mischief to be done :)
only heard about this show last year, and im glad i picked it up. wish there was a show like this when i was a kid (instead of the fkg smurfs).

EARTH bending is coolest. imagine all the mischief to be done :)
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1:14AM on 03/16/2010
water- the amount of times ive spilled something and wished i could make it all go back to the cup it came from...

oh and im thinking of seeing this movie although i dislike some of the actors chosen.
water- the amount of times ive spilled something and wished i could make it all go back to the cup it came from...

oh and im thinking of seeing this movie although i dislike some of the actors chosen.
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12:27AM on 03/16/2010

WATER

water is by far the most powerful...
water is everywhere, even in the air...
and it definitely trumps earth cause you can freeze it and use it as a solid... and they can still fly as you see Katara riding on ice waves like iceman from the comics

btw...
*spoiler alert*
I hated the ending too...it was very abrupt. They save the day and then Ang and Katara kiss like everything is good and dandy...meanwhile the whole side story of jealousy from ang part of the Katara and Zuko "potential
water is by far the most powerful...
water is everywhere, even in the air...
and it definitely trumps earth cause you can freeze it and use it as a solid... and they can still fly as you see Katara riding on ice waves like iceman from the comics

btw...
*spoiler alert*
I hated the ending too...it was very abrupt. They save the day and then Ang and Katara kiss like everything is good and dandy...meanwhile the whole side story of jealousy from ang part of the Katara and Zuko "potential romance" was totally unresolved...
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7:52PM on 03/15/2010
Oh and was I the only one pissed off by the ending? (spoiler will be posted as a response to this comment)
Oh and was I the only one pissed off by the ending? (spoiler will be posted as a response to this comment)
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7:53PM on 03/15/2010
Was I the only one pissed off when Zuko confronted his father, demanded to know where his mother was, but they never revealed the answer, they just ended it!
Was I the only one pissed off when Zuko confronted his father, demanded to know where his mother was, but they never revealed the answer, they just ended it!
1:01AM on 03/16/2010
It was a cheap open ended finisher in case Nick decided to continue the series, obviously. These cartoon shows are never fully resolved because they have to keep them open for sequels or movies.
It was a cheap open ended finisher in case Nick decided to continue the series, obviously. These cartoon shows are never fully resolved because they have to keep them open for sequels or movies.
12:18PM on 03/16/2010
I'm pretty sure they are already working on the next season.
I'm pretty sure they are already working on the next season.
7:01PM on 03/15/2010

Fire

Hed be burned alive if he screws this up
Hed be burned alive if he screws this up
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6:28PM on 03/15/2010

Water

is what I'd be. Its the most powerful and you can ALWAYS manipulate it no matter where you are. You cant do that with fire, earth....well I guess the only place you couldnt manipulate air is in space but that doesnt count.

The main reason for wanting to be water honestly, is for Bloodbending. Hell yea.

I'm looking forward to the movie though, I still enjoy M. Night and hope this does well.
is what I'd be. Its the most powerful and you can ALWAYS manipulate it no matter where you are. You cant do that with fire, earth....well I guess the only place you couldnt manipulate air is in space but that doesnt count.

The main reason for wanting to be water honestly, is for Bloodbending. Hell yea.

I'm looking forward to the movie though, I still enjoy M. Night and hope this does well.
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5:58PM on 03/15/2010

Air or Earth

Good to see all green in these feed backs.

I cant choose just one cuz of my greediness but if i could choose to it would deff be air and earth.

Along with an amazing series, the series finally was supremely amazing also
Good to see all green in these feed backs.

I cant choose just one cuz of my greediness but if i could choose to it would deff be air and earth.

Along with an amazing series, the series finally was supremely amazing also
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5:30PM on 03/15/2010

Avatar: The Last Airbender was FANTASIC!

Glad to see you watched the entire show Tassi! I hope M. Night does a great job, for him and the movie.

I'd control Fire.
Glad to see you watched the entire show Tassi! I hope M. Night does a great job, for him and the movie.

I'd control Fire.
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4:33PM on 03/15/2010
Tassi! I'm so glad you're watching the series! I saw the entire run and even wrote an article about it for Crave when the series ended. It's FANTASTIC!

As for this, I'm so far excited about it and everything I've seen and heard is promising.

If I could control an element it would be Fire. I'd be a good fire bender.
Tassi! I'm so glad you're watching the series! I saw the entire run and even wrote an article about it for Crave when the series ended. It's FANTASTIC!

As for this, I'm so far excited about it and everything I've seen and heard is promising.

If I could control an element it would be Fire. I'd be a good fire bender.
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4:18PM on 03/15/2010

.

I hope he does dissapoint the Avatar fanboys that are saying "he better not screw it up", and make something that appeals to people who loved The Village. Kind of a reward for aknowleging his brilliant work.
I hope he does dissapoint the Avatar fanboys that are saying "he better not screw it up", and make something that appeals to people who loved The Village. Kind of a reward for aknowleging his brilliant work.
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2:43PM on 03/15/2010

Glad to hear it

The original cartoon is an amazing series, and I'm glad M. Night is smart enough to stay true to it. I also like longer takes, especially when it comes to the fight scenes. The only thing I'm concerned about is Dev Patel (the guy from Slumdog Millionaire) as Zuko, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
The original cartoon is an amazing series, and I'm glad M. Night is smart enough to stay true to it. I also like longer takes, especially when it comes to the fight scenes. The only thing I'm concerned about is Dev Patel (the guy from Slumdog Millionaire) as Zuko, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
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2:33PM on 03/15/2010

He'd better not screw it up.

For his sake more than ours. At this point in his career, this is probably going to be make-or-break. And I hope he doesn't take too long with this franchise; I don't want to see am 18-19 year-old Aang and a 30-something Sokka.
For his sake more than ours. At this point in his career, this is probably going to be make-or-break. And I hope he doesn't take too long with this franchise; I don't want to see am 18-19 year-old Aang and a 30-something Sokka.
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1:45PM on 03/15/2010
looking forward to the movie
looking forward to the movie
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1:45PM on 03/15/2010
Earth-bending is coolest . . there are too many examples I can't pick one. Can you make a village out of fire, air or water? Can you level said village just as easily with fire, air or water?
Earth-bending is coolest . . there are too many examples I can't pick one. Can you make a village out of fire, air or water? Can you level said village just as easily with fire, air or water?
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1:38PM on 03/15/2010

Watch The Show !

i caught some of the show on tv one day and was hooked....i got online and watch all three books and wow...it is simply amazing...don't let looks fool you this cartoon is just as good or better than any good tv series or movie you'll ever see...my friends gave me crap when they saw me watching it so i sat them down and made them watch a few episodes...now they're hooked as well...watch it..you wont regret
i caught some of the show on tv one day and was hooked....i got online and watch all three books and wow...it is simply amazing...don't let looks fool you this cartoon is just as good or better than any good tv series or movie you'll ever see...my friends gave me crap when they saw me watching it so i sat them down and made them watch a few episodes...now they're hooked as well...watch it..you wont regret
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1:36PM on 03/15/2010
I'm game for an M. Night comeback. I may even watch the show first too.
I'm game for an M. Night comeback. I may even watch the show first too.
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12:52PM on 03/15/2010

I keep hearing...

That the show is so great. With the movie and the handful of personal recommendations, my interest is peaked- after this article (and the comments below), I've just added the series to the top of my Instant Watch Netflix que.
That the show is so great. With the movie and the handful of personal recommendations, my interest is peaked- after this article (and the comments below), I've just added the series to the top of my Instant Watch Netflix que.
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12:47PM on 03/15/2010
YES! I love the show! :) Im so excited to see this movie! MOMO!!!
YES! I love the show! :) Im so excited to see this movie! MOMO!!!
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12:42PM on 03/15/2010
you know I've been wanting to watch this show for years. With this movie coming out and you telling us to watch it, I'll have to get around to watching it sometime
you know I've been wanting to watch this show for years. With this movie coming out and you telling us to watch it, I'll have to get around to watching it sometime
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12:33PM on 03/15/2010
Thumbs up for acknowledging Avatar as one of the greatest animated series of all time.
Thumbs up for acknowledging Avatar as one of the greatest animated series of all time.
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12:32PM on 03/15/2010
you know I've been wanting to watch this show for years. With this movie coming out and you telling us to watch it, I'll have to get around to watching it sometime
you know I've been wanting to watch this show for years. With this movie coming out and you telling us to watch it, I'll have to get around to watching it sometime
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12:31PM on 03/15/2010

I'd control...

the powers of the almighty BOOBIES!
the powers of the almighty BOOBIES!
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