The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra

Now that San Diego Comic Con’s over and I’ve gotten over my yearly why-wasn’t-I-at-SDCC-itis, I am now free to rave over the trailer of The Legend of Korra that was released at comic con:

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this. When the first teasers came out last year, Korra was slated to be a mini-series to run for 12 episodes. It is now extended to 26 episodes and will premiere around mid-next year.

Korra & her polar bear-dog, Naga

“Korra…” takes place 70 years after the end of the first series. After Aang’s death, the new Avatar (Korra) was born into the Southern Water tribe. She will be sixteen at the beginning of the series, and has already mastered Water, Fire and Earth bending. She now has to master Air bending from Aang and Katara’s second son, Tenzin.

Tenzin concept sheet

In Korra…, bending isn’t embraced by everyone. There are anti-benders who call themselves the Equalists, which heralds a possibly darker tone to the series. The world’s a lot more modern and a lot more steampunk (which I’m always for), but there’s a small part of me that’s a little bit nervous. The first series was just so epic on so many levels, what if this doesn’t live up to that?

Korra concept designs

But I’ve always had a bad-ass female character bias, and from what I gather from all the SDCC reports I’ve read, and with DiMartino and Konietzko still at the helm, Korra will (hopefully) not disappoint. 🙂

The concept character art is taken from Racebending.com‘s facebook page. Click here to view more of their Legend of Korra photos from SDCC.

The Last Airbender Review

A couple of months ago, I blogged about how I thought The Last Airbender was going to turn out.

I admit, I was wrong: The effects were just as bad as the rest of the film.

My stand against the casting of this film isn’t even a factor anymore because it was just that awful.

I thought Noah Ringer (Aang) looked the part. And he moved well. His martial arts background worked well for him because he was the only one who looked like he knew what he was doing in the fight and element bending scenes. With that said, he’s not a very good actor and neither is Nicola Peltz (Katara). They both looked like they were on the verge of tears most of the time and constipated all of the time.  (The constipated look, it’s an epidemic.)

I feel sorry for the more veteran actors because while their acting doesn’t suck, the script certainly does. Hard.

The bending and fight choreography also sucked major balls. Never has element bending looked this cumbersome and taken so much time. I’m amazed the Fire Nation lost the battle at all with the amount of time it took for the benders to manipulate their respective elements. Seriously, no one thought of just shooting the Air/Earth/Water benders while they were whirling their arms around? There’s also a part where this group of Earthbenders stomp around and do a little dance while fighting which was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.

Storywise, the pacing was rushed. I know adaptations are exactly that: adaptations and there is no way you can cram the whole first season in a 103 minutes but the plot would have worked better if they veered away from the animated storyline more because some details in the film were, I felt, unnecessary in moving the story forward.

On the other hand, there was also so much of what made Avatar: The Last Airbender so great that was missing.The absence of Koh, the face stealer and KOIZILLA(TM) was a huge loss. For me, they were what made The Book of Water so awesome. There were also no cute hybrid animals; none of Sokka’s sarcasm; no kooky background characters; minimal emphasis on the spirituality whose influence was so strong in the source material; and most importantly, no sense of joy which was pivotal in balancing out this epic battle that spanned a century.

How I Figure the Last Airbender Movie’s Gonna Turn Out

I saw the new trailer for the Last Airbender movie when we watched How to Train Your Dragon. How I feel about the trailer now and how I predict I’ll feel about the movie when it comes out will probably be a little something like how the Avatar kids reacted to the play in the Ember Island Players episode. The rest of the screencaps after the jump.

Continue reading “How I Figure the Last Airbender Movie’s Gonna Turn Out”

What the Fuckery

This blog was suspended last night due to violation of Terms of Service. And after a night of ranting on plurk, a panicked e-mail to WordPress.com and wondering what the hell I could have possibly done wrong to violate anything, I got my reply today:

moarwtfClick to full view screenshot of email.

I checked Last Airbender Fans.com (which was where I got the photos), and they’ve also been asked by Paramount Pictures to remove the pictures.

WTF.

I’m not going to defend re-posting the leaked pictures because they went all legal jargon on me (I’m allergic, doncha know), but this totally killed my buzz. They could have e-mailed me directly. Or left a message. Or a smoke signal.  Instead of having my blog suspended. Bureaucratic asshats.

K

Way to go, Paramount.

Moar The Last Airbender Photos!

Don’t look at me like that.

Last Airbender Fans.com have released photos of the main cast for “The Last Airbender“:


[Paramount Pictures had my blog suspended and demanded I remove the photo above. So let’s just pretend you can see what I’m talking about]
Noah Ringer as Aang; Dev Patel as Zuko; Jackson Rathbone as Sokka; Nicola Peltz as Katara.

So what are we thinking? I’m thinking this Ringer kid’s growing on me, Dev Patel is still hot and the Water tribe sibs are looking a little meh.

I’m more anxious than excited to see this. Yes, I’m past denial. I want to watch this. Bring it on, M. Night Shyamalan. Let’s see whatchoo got.

[edit] I take that back. They’re replacing Chinese calligraphy with unreadable symbols in the film. I am resuming my previous stand of boycotting the film when it comes out. Mebbe buy a pirated dvd of it, just for curiosity’s sake.  But not spending on anything that’s going to profit this travesty of a film.  [/edit]

The Last Airbender Teaser

They’ve released a teaser trailer for, “The Last Airbender”. I don’t want to get hyped up to see it, but I have to admit, it looks pretty damn cool.

With all the fan-rage that’s on the intarwebs, I just want to make a few things clear.

I am not against this film because the costumes/tattoos/scars/bending symbols don’t look exactly like the ones in the animated series. I also won’t be complaining about how they left out episode number x=n2-(x2+n) because, hey, it’s an adaptation. No one wants to see a 15-hour film and there is a slim to none chance of bright aqua blue tattoos looking good on any real person. (You’ve seen the cosplays)

I am against the casting. Now we can argue all day about ethnicity and race and Asian elements in the film and how insulted I am as an Asian and how much I love Dev Patel and how it’s not a real world and the characters aren’t real anyway and blah, blah, blah. I’ve read far too many blogs about the issue and the arguments never seem to go anywhere.

My two cents are, I think it’s a bit like shooting the Lord of the Rings film with an all-Asian cast with the Caucasians as  Orcs.

Disclaimer aside, my conviction to boycott the film slowly weakening because despite all the dramu, it’s still Avatar. It’s one of the few things I’m still all fangirl-y about.

Do I watch it, or no?

First look at the Avatar movie

About a month ago, Producer Frank Marshall released a statement saying that the cast for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie was final and no amount of bitching on the intarwebz was going to change their minds, so I planned to just boycott the whole thing, or torrent it so Paramount won’t get any of my money.

First images of the film were just released by USA Today a few hours ago, and now I have mixed feelings about it. The avatard in me wants to watch it just because it’s Avatar. But the casting still  really, really ticks me off.

airbender-patelx-topper-mediumDev Patel as Zuko

tla_aang_noahNoah Ringer as Aang

Nothing against Dev Patel, I think he’s great, but I still think he’d be better off as Sokka. Noah Ringer doesn’t look that bad. I don’t get that smudge on his forehead though. Are they nixing the tatoos, or CGI-ing them post-prod? This whole thing’s just really weird. The trailer will be out in June, so I’m crossing my fingers.

Dear World. Pls to stop raeping my fandomz. kthxbai!♥ Gab

————————————————————————————————-

<edit> The intarwebz just coughed up this photo. (Thanks, Julie!)

15eijrs

Patel’s looking hot. The angst suits him hahaha. This movie might not suck as hard as I thought. </edit>