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#1 Jun 05 2010 at 8:05 PM Rating: Decent
I haven't seen a post for this yet, so I figured I'd start one. Before I saw an ad for this movie, I'd never watched the show. The preview looked pretty awesome though, and I found all three seasons on Netflix so I decided to start watching it. Despite the fact that it's geared more towards kids, I really enjoy it, and I'm pretty excited about the movie.

I'm not super upset about the "racebending" of the film, but it does bug me a little bit. Mostly because it seems weird that the two characters that are actually dark skinned (Katara and Sokka) are being played by white actors, and that the Fire Nation cast members are being played by Indian actors when in the series they were all very light skinned.
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Nickledeon is like Disney, they don't care about the accuracy of their merchandise as long as it's enough to get the kiddies in the theaters and the parents buying the official movie toys.
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#3 Jun 05 2010 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I couldn't help but mumble in the theater as I saw the preview "They are soooo white."
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I'd watch it if weren't in 3D. I'm getting so sick of that sh*t. The glasses are uncomfortable, and after an hour or so I get a headache.
#5 Jun 06 2010 at 2:22 AM Rating: Good
It's going to be released in 2D as well you know. Smiley: tongue
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#6 Jun 06 2010 at 2:43 AM Rating: Good
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I'd watch it if weren't in 3D. I'm getting so sick of that sh*t. The glasses are uncomfortable, and after an hour or so I get a headache.

Same. Given the option I'd MUCH rather watch he non-3D version of a movie.


Anyway... Personally I think the movie is looking pretty good from the trailers I've seen.
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#7 Jun 06 2010 at 11:56 AM Rating: Good
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The gf and I started watching the series this week. Although we're only a few episodes in, I can tell it's going to be enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the movie.
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From what I can tell the movies are gonna follow the TV series. The first movie is gonna end with the siege of the northern water tribe by the fire nation, the second movie is gonna be about Azula capturing Ba Sing Se, and the final movie will be Aang vs Fire Lord Ozai.
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#9 Jun 07 2010 at 10:20 AM Rating: Good
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From what I can tell the movies are gonna follow the TV series. The first movie is gonna end with the siege of the northern water tribe by the fire nation, the second movie is gonna be about Azula capturing Ba Sing Se, and the final movie will be Aang vs Fire Lord Ozai.


Aye pretty much seasons 1,2, and 3 all in..a 2hour movie?

I am looking forward to seeing it. I really hope there is no twist at the end of the movie..that would just be odd lol.

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I'd watch it if weren't in 3D. I'm getting so sick of that sh*t. The glasses are uncomfortable, and after an hour or so I get a headache.


hmm. uh... go see it in 2D? XD
There is only one theater around me that shows movies in 3D and I refuse to go to it anymore after they wouldn't sell me tickets to a rated R movie.
I saw a preview for the new Resident Evil movie that is to come out, it is going to be in 3D. 3D everything!


Wait until 3D **** comes out...
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Wait until 3D **** comes out...


If I wasn't at work I would post the link where they already have a prototype channel that will work with the Samsung 3D HDTV.
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#11 Jun 07 2010 at 1:34 PM Rating: Good
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Wait until 3D **** comes out...


If I wasn't at work I would post the link where they already have a prototype channel that will work with the Samsung 3D HDTV.


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#12 Jun 08 2010 at 1:40 AM Rating: Good
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Aye pretty much seasons 1,2, and 3 all in..a 2hour movie?



Not quite. Season 1 will be the first movie, season 2 will be the second, and season 3 will be the third. Smiley: tongue
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Aye pretty much seasons 1,2, and 3 all in..a 2hour movie?



Not quite. Season 1 will be the first movie, season 2 will be the second, and season 3 will be the third. Smiley: tongue


Melikes. Can't wait for this to come out.
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#14 Jun 08 2010 at 9:47 AM Rating: Good
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Aye pretty much seasons 1,2, and 3 all in..a 2hour movie?



Not quite. Season 1 will be the first movie, season 2 will be the second, and season 3 will be the third. Smiley: tongue


Melikes. Can't wait for this to come out.


Yea that is what I meant :p lol. Forgot to add 'each' after movie.
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#15 Jun 08 2010 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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They should totally take a 2 year break in between movies 2 and 3. So that it matches the show more.
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They should totally take a 2 year break in between movies 2 and 3. So that it matches the show more.


They need to take a 2 year break just to find some actual Asian actors for the roles.

Don't believe me? Then imagine this: A remake of the movie about General Patton starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. That's how bad the casting choices were.

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#17 Jun 08 2010 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Sandinmygum wrote:

hmm. uh... go see it in 2D? XD


Around here, movies that are in both 2D and 3D are only shown in 3D. It makes more money for the theaters since they can charge extra for it. It's either 3D or not at all. I'm going with not at all.
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They need to take a 2 year break just to find some actual Asian actors for the roles.


Finding good asian actors is like finding waldo. Sure, it can be done- but sometimes it's just a pain in the **** because somebody shooped him out of the picture.
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#19 Jun 11 2010 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
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They should totally take a 2 year break in between movies 2 and 3. So that it matches the show more.


How would that make it match the show more? The three seasons take place over the course of one year.

I agree that it would be really nice to have more Asian actors in the movie. M. Night claims he's going to do his best for that in the next movie: Current TV interview. We shall see.
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#20 Jun 11 2010 at 9:26 PM Rating: Good
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They should totally take a 2 year break in between movies 2 and 3. So that it matches the show more.


How would that make it match the show more? The three seasons take place over the course of one year.

I agree that it would be really nice to have more Asian actors in the movie. M. Night claims he's going to do his best for that in the next movie: Current TV interview. We shall see.


I like his explanation on his race choice. Also his idea on anime -> Real World races.
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#21 Jun 12 2010 at 2:12 PM Rating: Decent
I don't know, it does make some sort of sense but it also feels like a bit of a cop out to me.
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#22 Jun 14 2010 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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The TV series kind of surprised me with it's overall non suck. I will probably watch the movie because the TV show ended up hooking me. The final confrontation on the show was pretty awesome.

I'm not sure a live action movie is going to do this franchise justice. Sometimes animation nails it in a way that make the live action seem kitschy.
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#23 Jun 14 2010 at 6:37 PM Rating: Good
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The TV series kind of surprised me with it's overall non suck. I will probably watch the movie because the TV show ended up hooking me. The final confrontation on the show was pretty awesome.

I'm not sure a live action movie is going to do this franchise justice. Sometimes animation nails it in a way that make the live action seem kitschy.


I thought the super deformed specials on the DVDs were some of my favorite parts of the show.
Especially the one where Katara chooses the Blue Spirit as her man, and Zuko is left wondering how the **** that happened.
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#24 Jul 01 2010 at 10:16 PM Rating: Good
So I went and saw it tonight (just came back). And I'm pretty sure when I woke up there was another thread about this (and the score on RT)..but yea I can't find it.

The Movie was. . . well I don't see book 2 or 3 being made.

I know it is hard to make a 24(or longer) episode cartoon into a 2-ish hour movie.

My main big gripes about the movie were:

1) The age of some of the characters. Age was never said in the movie, but Sokka looked to be 20.

2) The way names where pronounced. Aang was pronounced Oung (young but w/o the Y). Sokka was more said as Zzokka. Just made it really weird when names were being said.

3) In the cartoon, at the end of book one Aang goes all nuts when the fish dies. And then he goes all spirit form and gathers water around him to create the big fish/cat/panda spirit of the Water/Moon. In the movie he just graps his head and keeps on going about what he was doing. \\

4) Some of the motion (blur) made me get dizzy. Not cool when you are watching the 2D version of it...

What I did like:

1) Princess Yue looked like Princess Yue. Katara looked like Katara

2) Momo was in it.


If you have never seen the cartoon and no nothing of it, you may enjoy it or leave pondering on why you just spent money on it. If you have seen the cartoon, and not seen the movie yet...I'd hold off until you can rent it.
Out of a 10, I'd give it a 5 for trying.
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They gave an average for the ages when Aang told Sokka and Katara that he was 112 years old (physical age 12 plus the 100 years spent in hibernation), I think it was mentioned when they first went to Omashu. All the other main characters are supposed to be 3-4 years older then him except for Toph who is 10 or 11.

Edit: Misread your statement about the ages, Jason Rathbone (the guy who played Sokka) is actually 26 so your observation is on the money.

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My main issues was that it was entirely too short as well as all of Katara's defining moments were either non-existent, or given to someone else.

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#27 Jul 02 2010 at 9:29 AM Rating: Good
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They gave an average for the ages when Aang told Sokka and Katara that he was 112 years old (physical age 12 plus the 100 years spent in hibernation), I think it was mentioned when they first went to Omashu. All the other main characters are supposed to be 3-4 years older then him except for Toph who is 10 or 11.

Edit: Misread your statement about the ages, Jason Rathbone (the guy who played Sokka) is actually 26 so your observation is on the money.

Edited, Jul 2nd 2010 5:36am by Shaowstrike


ah that is right he did say he was 12. There were others too who were either too old, or not old enough.
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Is Toph in it? Only reason I'd want to see it is for Toph.
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No Toph, the first movie only covered the Book of Water, Toph won't appear unless they decide to do a second movie covering the Book of Earth.
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#30 Jul 02 2010 at 2:41 PM Rating: Good
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No Toph, the first movie only covered the Book of Water, Toph won't appear unless they decide to do a second movie covering the Book of Earth.


It ends like book 1 does (the cartoon that is) with Fire Nation Lord sending out his daughter.
Also I'm not using spoilers after this post.


The only way I would see book 2 or 3 even being made into a movie is if a bunch of little kids just flip their sh*t for this movie. I went to a later showing, and the only people in the theater where people between the age of 15-25 (and then the few adults you always see at movies and ponder why there are there). Pretty much people who actually grew up with the cartoon on Nick.


It wasn't as bad as the Eragon Book to movie. That still is the worst movie adaptation I've ever seen.

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Also I'm not using spoilers after this post.

This is going to be very useless information for people who are trying to avoid spoilers, since you put it in an area that they won't be reading. Smiley: dubious
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I quite liked the cartoon, I take it the movie sucks horrendously and isn't worth the time or money? I'd be at peace with that, even after only seeing the very, very first trailer.
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I quite liked the cartoon, I take it the movie sucks horrendously and isn't worth the time or money? I'd be at peace with that, even after only seeing the very, very first trailer.


I paid $10 for my ticket, was a waste. I should have just waited until I could rent it..
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The movie was even worse than I was expecting. The acting is pretty horrible across the board, the dialogue is even worse, and the movie does not flow at all. Sure, it must have been difficult to fit an entire season into 2 hours, but this was just... not even close to being acceptable. Avoid this movie at all costs.
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Is it worth it to watch this movie on 3d? What can you say? I've seen the trailer and it's great. I like the effects of this movie but the question is.. Is it works on 3d?
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Is it worth it to watch this movie on 3d? What can you say? I've seen the trailer and it's great. I like the effects of this movie but the question is.. Is it works on 3d?


This is why I hate you. You respond to a thread seemingly without even reading it. This movie doesn't work at all, 3D or not.
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I watched the bootleg & found it tolerable. Granted, I've never seen an entire episode of the cartoon. Ya, there was a lot of bad acting, but at the same time the kid from Slumdog did a decent job as the prince. Also, I gotta say, the "main" bad guy of this flick (the guy who leads the attack on the water city) I only know as as coorespondant on The Daily Show, & I think he did a decent job being "serious" throughout the whole thing. Guys a comedian & they hired him for a part that had 0 humor.

In fact, the movie had like, 0 humor which is down right retarded for a "kids" movie. It was also cut together poorly & didn't really get you to care about any other characters besides The Airbender & The Prince. When the Princess died, I didn't give a **** I cared even less that the Water Bender's brother was sad about it.

I would say it was better than live action Dragonball movie & Wolverine: Origins, though.

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I'll be honest, I'm only going to watch this for Jackson Rathbone.
#39 Jul 27 2010 at 2:44 PM Rating: Good
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I would say it was better than live action Dragonball movie & Wolverine: Origins, though.



Are you trippen out? This movie was no way better they the Wolverine movie >.>
Now I've never seen the Dragonball one, did they even put it on DVD? Or was it so much fail the just put it under the rug?
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Now I've never seen the Dragonball one, did they even put it on DVD? Or was it so much fail the just put it under the rug?


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I'm going to have to strap myself in and watch this movie at the best of Ray and the kids. The kids watch the cartoon endlessly on Nick and I'm wearing sunglasses and sleeping in the theater when we go.
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Just saw it this week, I have to say that I was surprised by it. It wasn't as awful as I expected it to be, granted this is solely a kids movie with little to offer for older viewers (no humour at all) and the acting of most was pretty terrible (which really did not help the movie, seriously bad at times), but I went in with no expectations and wasn't that horrified by it.

The 3D was a serious waste though, but then that seems to be the case for most 3D movies so far.
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What's up with the 3D craze these days? I even saw a theater advertising a "4D cinema experience", where the fourth dimension, apparently, is sprinklers spraying you with water during the movie. That's not a fourth dimension, guys. Seriously, height, width and length, that's three dimension. The fourth is arguably time, in which case every single 2D movie we've seen has been 3D already, and every 3D movie has been 4D. Adding physical effects to a virtual experience doesn't add another dimension, it just means you get sprayed with **** water during the movie.

Something I imagine would only add to the annoyance of watching a 3D movie in the first place. Those glasses, although not as hopelessly unstylish as the old cardboard red-and-blue disco things, are still uncomfortable, at least for someone who isn't used to having two pieces of transparent material half an inch from his eye for two hours. And the 3D effects, while neat and all, didn't provide me with much when I saw Alice in Wonderland, for instance. Yes, watching a guy throw a spear at me was cool, if I wasn't busy flinching every other second, partially due to the strain of trying to not focus on the glasses instead of the movie, but also because every time someone did throw a spear at me, my self-preservation reflexes would go into the red.

3D was cool, but let's give it a rest until someone comes up with a working, affordable hologram projector, okay?
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IMO the only good thing about 3D is that the glasses now fit over my regular glasses.
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It's a way for studios to cover for shoddy writing and mediocre acting. It's also something that is(at least for the moment) solely available in theaters or to people with bleeding edge home theater systems. It's also something that is extremely difficult to pirate

writing and acting: the guild strike was an unmitigated disaster, and due to the time frame involved in producing a big-budget film, we should just now be seeing fully post-strike screenplays. and as far as acting? we haven't had a really bankable leading man/woman since tom cruise lost his mind. pitt and damon are past their prime, same with clooney. daniel craig had a chance with the bond roles(almost always a good springboard) but the studios finances went in the toilet depriving him of a vehicle. and the writing has sucked, making chicken salad from chickensh*t will get you recognition, but chicken salad won't get you fame.

tech: this is big, theaters were in a great chance of dieing off, home systems were too good, dvd/blu-ray were too available. there was, some would say is, no reason to spend gas/time and get gouged on concessions for the "theater experience" since the experience wasn't all that much better than home. thankfully this is temporary, 3d home systems are already available, and like hd will slowly percolate through the marketplace and theaters will have to find a new gimmick

piracy: this was BS, but it's one of the worst kinds. studios started to believe their own spin. they felt that they needed something to combat the fact that every movie is available online within a week and latched on to 3d for its technical difficulties. again temporary, 3d capable graphics cards entered the market around the same time as 3d televisions. they do have an advantage that most of the tried and true methods for getting a 0-day movie digitized won't pick up 3d. the 3d dvd market is screwed however.
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What's up with the 3D craze these days? I even saw a theater advertising a "4D cinema experience", where the fourth dimension, apparently, is sprinklers spraying you with water during the movie. That's not a fourth dimension, guys. Seriously, height, width and length, that's three dimension. The fourth is arguably time, in which case every single 2D movie we've seen has been 3D already, and every 3D movie has been 4D. Adding physical effects to a virtual experience doesn't add another dimension, it just means you get sprayed with **** water during the movie.

Something I imagine would only add to the annoyance of watching a 3D movie in the first place. Those glasses, although not as hopelessly unstylish as the old cardboard red-and-blue disco things, are still uncomfortable, at least for someone who isn't used to having two pieces of transparent material half an inch from his eye for two hours. And the 3D effects, while neat and all, didn't provide me with much when I saw Alice in Wonderland, for instance. Yes, watching a guy throw a spear at me was cool, if I wasn't busy flinching every other second, partially due to the strain of trying to not focus on the glasses instead of the movie, but also because every time someone did throw a spear at me, my self-preservation reflexes would go into the red.

3D was cool, but let's give it a rest until someone comes up with a working, affordable hologram projector, okay?


I thought the 3D thing was already covered, but that may have been a different thread. It's relatively inexpensive to make a movie 3D after the fact (i.e. not actually shot in 3D), but allows them to almost double the ticket price.

Also, the "4D" thing has been around longer than most 3D movies... but perhaps only in America? It's again a gimmicky thing and the 4D logo was just to give it that extra spin.
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