The Last Airbender Movie - Talk Up!

Bigdog

New Member
1. The casting sheet was created by a third party not paramount, Frank Marshall a producer has provided documentation saying that the casting was open to all ethnicity's. Here: http://www.ugo.com/movies/frank-marshall-clarifies-key-issue-in-racebending-controversy
M.night strived to get the best actors he could it's not like in the end the entire gaang is gonna be white Toph will be Asian and Zuko will join later. In the end I think the acting is most important because that's how people will be able to connect with the characters not through the skin tone.


3. The thing with Pakku though is that it was very Deus ex machina and in the long run it's not all that important. You also have to understand there are some important characters and some not important. Characters like jet and his crew and jun aren't very neccesary for the overall plot there are alot of characters that may not get in the movie just because they aren't needed

6. If you have that mindset then why should it matter what race the people in The last airbender are. Since it doesn't really make their characters change whether they are black, white, Asian, Hispanic, or Indian. M.night has gone on the record saying that he made the races of the nations based on the main characters cast. And like I've said before every one had a chance to be a main character, no matter what the ethnicity so it shouldn't be a problem since he was looking for acting skills not races.

1.I wish the racebending.com people would understand that better. Even if Dragonball Evolution and Street Fighter had a full Asian cast , the Writer's Strike halted or ruined films that continued during that span of time. Those films were horribly made , and the casting was a joke. They could've atleast dyed Chatwin's hair black and added some aging effects to Chow Yun Fat. The Last Airbender's acting I've heard in some of the early reviews ranged from horrible to good. I am getting past of caring who is playing who at this point , and am wanting to just see the film to judge if they portray the characters well enough to overlook that.

3. Although i do agree with Jet not being important, his crew was on the ship helping the Gaang . June had a very important part in Books One and Three because in the episodes she was in , Katara's emotions of her mother come up for the second time. Hope they keep the initial plot and the battle in if they do not have June .

6. While M.Night said he chose them for the best acting ability ,and he may be right , but the words he has said weren't the wisest. What is really suspicious is the one time he remarked that people's races in anime are ambiguous. While that may be true about its' earlier forms and some of today, in Airbender the people looks distinct in that they had a slight slant , skin tone and eye color which sets them apart from the usual Anime= White.The large eyes are a sign of innocence while the regular eyes are not and show maturity. In the show , although most were of Asian descent , Middle Eastern peoples and some whites came in like Zhao , Combustion Man , Pathik and Azula. His interpretation makes alot of sense as a result of the casting in it fits ,but what would've happened had he gotten the main roles for people of color? Would the film's architecture be different and reflect the peoples' or would it just not matter what races were cast for the roles? That's what really interests me.
 
Anime in general? I dont believe that it is ambiguos. Cause why would be there Japanese people when they get a manga or anime of them self be drawn like that.

So why would it be any diffrent for a fictional stuff?

Looks might be, its the character that isnt.
 
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Silver Wolf

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Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, the Official site has updated their "Explore the Four Nations" section, now with the Fire Nation and Air Nomads, going into details on the "movie!mythos," as well as the characters and concepts related to each. There's also unique clips from the soundtrack (the Air Nomads having a part of the "Airbender Suite" for example) and "panoramic views" on each "Nation's" locales.

Considering how close to release we are, the Earth Kingdom's section is likely to be released shortly.
 

DarkBlaze

Member
Aang kind of feels too 'floaty' in the 'courtyard' clip. Like his movements have no weight. Just all wire-suspension.
Yeah, that kind of bothered me as well. There was even a part where it showed him water bending at a soldier...but he made no movement. His "shouts" as he was fighting were kind of annoying also.
 

SaikoDragon

It's Judgement Time!
yeah, I felt like his movements and the 'elemental bending' were two separate entities on the screen. Two films, over laid together. they didnt feel as though they were synchronized.

thats me though. I cant wait for the movie.
 

Bigdog

New Member
yeah, I felt like his movements and the 'elemental bending' were two separate entities on the screen. Two films, over laid together. they didnt feel as though they were synchronized.

thats me though. I cant wait for the movie.

That's what i thought the second time i watched it .

It didn't even feel real or convincing at all since it looked like he was in god mode or something like that. I laughed at his yell.

The fighting would be better without the slo-mo. Can't wait.
 

Quark

Bandito Shake Cometh
yeah, I felt like his movements and the 'elemental bending' were two separate entities on the screen. Two films, over laid together. they didnt feel as though they were synchronized.

thats me though. I cant wait for the movie.

That's the biggest problem the movie has to overcome. Like Konietzko explained a lot in the episode commentaries, they tried to make the bending feel like an extension of the martial arts moves in the series. Plus, in animation they made the posing and timing a lot more dynamic than you could probably achieve in live action.

Aang kind of feels too 'floaty' in the 'courtyard' clip. Like his movements have no weight. Just all wire-suspension.
Airbending? Airbending. Let's just say he was airbending himself around. Maybe?
 

Bigdog

New Member
That's the biggest problem the movie has to overcome. Like Konietzko explained a lot in the episode commentaries, they tried to make the bending feel like an extension of the martial arts moves in the series. Plus, in animation they made the posing and timing a lot more dynamic than you could probably achieve in live action.

This will prove very interesting going from animated to Live action. The one thing we cannot forget is that the clips are in a much smaller size than it will be in theaters. The loss of detail of the moves in that small space does make the bending look off , but if you look closer the moves do sync. The timing and posing could be done like in the show , but it would be difficult to say the least. For all we know , the bending effects could look much more impressive on the bigger screen (like the show)than the small window you are limited to on that site.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iECgEGQdoDw"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iECgEGQdoDw[/ame]

Just click to fullscreen mode. It looks much better with a bigger window but you really have to pay attention to the moves Aang does however slight they may be , and you will be fine.
 

Quark

Bandito Shake Cometh
Definitely, i'm still reserving my judgment till after i've seen the entire thing on the big screen. It's hard not to get excited. I've been reading and re-reading the Art Of book I got in the mail the other day, which is only making me more impatient.
 

Bigdog

New Member
I agree Bigdog, it did look a lot better in fullscreen than in regular view.

As I am aspiring to get in the film industry as well as TV as a conceptual artist and director/writer, i have trained my eyes over the years to pick out the most details and video resolutions, not to brag or anything.

The smaller window makes it very difficult to pick the slightest details along with the crappy quality ,but if you make it bigger and make it HD like a modern film print ,you will be able to see many more movements and thus the bending sequences will make sense now.

The only problem is that you would only be able to see it on an iPad in order for the action sequences to look convincing because the larger screen will make it better. An iPod Touch might be good for it ,but the video window would make it awkward unless you overlook it.

I plan on getting the Art Book since I've been a huge fan of the franchise since it's heyday. It's the best modern animated American shows out besides Ben 10 , Spiderman 2008, Wolverine , TFormers:Animated and Teen Titans.

Get the prequel manga . It's good stuff. Get it at Barnes And Noble or where books are sold. Also get the film manga.

Here's the artist's deviantART:

http://spacecoyote.deviantart.com/
 

DarkBlaze

Member
Well, if you pay close attention in the show, he pretty much does the same when he "jumps." It's almost as if he uses the wind to kind of gracefully leap.
 

Bigdog

New Member
Well, if you pay close attention in the show, he pretty much does the same when he "jumps." It's almost as if he uses the wind to kind of gracefully leap.

I couldn't have said it better. He's an airbender , it should look unnatural to us since we are not from that world.

Nice tv spot. How many will come out until we could just piece the whole film together just from them?
 

Quark

Bandito Shake Cometh
I love the new tv spot, especially when they over-emphasize 'IN 3-D!' and Aang screams 'Noooooo!' I understand his pain.
 

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