Their eyes always look a different color to me (as well as their skin); like Sokka’s and Katara’s skin is usually darker than that and Katara would have purple eyes, but then they make it blue sometimes. So I always get confused as to their true eye color. They do look more Asian usually–just not in that picture.
Really? Aang’s people (kid in the yellow and orange) are meant to be based on Tibetan monks, Katara and Sokka (in the blue) are meant to be Inuit (granted, not Asian). Also, look at the other main characters: Toph (first image) is meant to be Chinese (I think) and Zuko (second picture) and his sister Azula (third picture)… well I’m not sure about them actually.
I’ve always wanted to draw kind of like that, and when I watched an episode for the first time and saw the way they drew/made the scenery and the shadows and the style of clothing, characters, their voices, and … everything … I fell in love with the show.
Wings- It was never really explained well in the show, but my guess is that they’re both energy. So yeah. I think Iroh explained it:
Iroh:Lightning is a pure expression of firebending, without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other firebending is. Some call lightning the cold-blooded fire… There is energy all around us. The energy is both yin and yang; positive energy and negative energy. Only a select few firebenders can separate these energies. This creates an imbalance. The energy wants to restore balance and in a moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together. You provide release and guidance, creating lightning.
Convoluted? I don’t see a problem with it. In real life, lightning happens when there are positive and negatively charged particles in the air; which are opposites of each other. When there is enough of a charge, they cancel each other or attract each other causing plasma (lightning) to appear because of the energy it took for the particles to move. (Now, I’m no expert, but I think that’s how it works).
Live-action movies…those monsters….I was a hardcore Avatar:The Last Airbender viewer-dude, but when I saw on wikipedia that they were turning it into a..a..live action flick I…oh, boy…
Live action films hardly ever do so well, especially if it was once a cartoon! UGH!
Alright, most of the marvel movies (get outta, line X-Men, you disappointed me!) did pretty well (pat yourself on the back, Spiderman 3) at the box-office. But sometimes, it just doesn’t feel…right.
Example: In maybe 4 years from now, would anyone like to see Naruto in a live-action film. Would anyone want to see the Rasengan, Rasenshuriken, or sharingan put into real life???!!
I don’t get why they couldn’t ask somebody Asian to play Goku in Dragon Evolution. I don’t care if Jackie Chan doesn’t fit Goku’s general look, why can they not retain semblance of Asian culture, in either film? (Avatar, DB:Evolution)
You had faith in them in the first place. Deception, sleaze, greed, and evil are the seed from which Hollywood were born. And I love every bit of it’s grime. I love that all the careers I like have terrible dark sides. A splash of realism in my lake of dreams.
# Stefan the Exploding Manon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:27 am
I think that if these Asian-style movies would just bother to let Asian people audition, they’d see a crapload of undiscovered talent waiting to be discovered.
I cannot believe that Avatar is going to be turned into a live action movie with Caucasian actors. I don’t have anything against white people, but I think Avatar needs to star Asians if it wants to retain it’s Eastern feel.
“I cannot believe that Avatar is going to be turned into a live action movie with Caucasian actors. I don’t have anything against white people, but I think Avatar needs to star Asians if it wants to retain its Eastern feel.”
I have nothing against Caucasians, but… darnit, if you want to retain its Eastern imagery, we need ethnic realism in this movie. I’m sorry, Freddie Highmore, you’re not what I’m talking about.
What about the Wachowski brothers and Ninja Assassin? They had a Korean male lead and and black female lead…it’s kind of pathetic how ‘progressive’ an Asian lead is. If anything, Asian male actors aren’t well known in Hollywood, unless if they know martial arts.
As for the Avatar movie, I heard that Shamaylan was a fan of the series, so I’m hoping the creators get a lot of input. Hopefully, that is. Aang’s actor won an international martial arts competition, so I don’t really have a problem with the ethnicity change. As for the role of Katara, she…well…not too sure about her acting, or how she looks the part.
Also, just to add to Nami.A’s comment…exactly how reliable is the source, considering the website seems to be primarily focused on the *gasp* race change of the actors? They’re cartoon characters, and they live in an alternate fictional universe, so their race can be left ambiguous. Just like that Naveen guy from Princess and the Frog, ambiguously brown.
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