History WMG / TheLastAirbender

28th Jan '15 10:17:02 AM ChaoticNovelist
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The sheer number of things that were changed and cropped out make little sense, for such a supposed "fan" of the series, other than he wanted to do the Avatar story his way - the "right" way.
* That's quite possible-it certainly reads like a FixFic. I mean, look at all the unnecessary changes, the skewed characterization, the change in perspective (more focus on Ozai, less on Katara, Sokka, Momo, and Appa), the different tone, shortening a lengthy plot, events working out differently. Now I understand that Film Adaptations have to change some things, but did they really need to change ''so much''? Some of the changes, I think, were necessary (mainly leaving a few things out due to time constraints), but a lot of them were pure AuthorAppeal (changing the name pronunciations, the change in firebending) since they didn't really have any affect to the plot and served more to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks piss people off]] than anything else.
* More possible [[http://atla-annotated.tumblr.com/post/14793155731/on-the-movie-and-why-the-casting-is-the-least-of#note-container evidence]] with racism and a side of MisplacedNationalism.

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The sheer number of things that were changed and cropped out make little sense, for such a supposed "fan" of the series, other than he wanted to do the Avatar story his way - the "right" way.
* That's quite possible-it certainly reads like a FixFic. I mean, look
way. Look at all the unnecessary changes, the skewed characterization, the change in perspective (more focus on Ozai, less on Katara, Sokka, Momo, and Appa), the different tone, shortening a lengthy plot, events working out differently. Now I understand that Film Adaptations have to change some things, but did they really need to change ''so much''? Some of the changes, I think, changes were necessary (mainly leaving a few things out due to time constraints), but a lot of them were pure AuthorAppeal (changing the name pronunciations, the change in firebending) since they didn't really have any affect to the plot and served more to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks piss people off]] than anything else.
* More It's more possible [[http://atla-annotated.tumblr.com/post/14793155731/on-the-movie-and-why-the-casting-is-the-least-of#note-container evidence]] with racism and a side of MisplacedNationalism.



As theorized on the AwesomeDearBoy page, the movie may have been written to intentionally flop and ensure an animated continuation instead of converting to a series of live action movies. I mean, two more movies were planned and they're likely not to come out now. Add into the fact that Shaymalan is a fan of the series...and...

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As theorized on the AwesomeDearBoy page, the movie may have been written to intentionally flop and ensure an animated continuation instead of converting to a series of live action movies. I mean, two Two more movies were planned and they're likely not to come out now. Add into the fact that Shaymalan is a fan of the series...and...
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[[WMG:"The Last Airbender" isn't a satire of the Ember Island Players' version of "The Last Airbender"...]]

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21st Jan '15 10:35:21 AM Turnshroud
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The mover, like its real world counterpart, was also said to downplay Avatar Aang’s struggle by claiming that the avatar was unable to kill his adversary. Although avatar scholars were again quick to point out this inaccuracy, some less knowledgeable individuals pointed out the fact that Avatar Aang never actually ended up killing Ozai. But here again historians pointed out how plenty of avatars ended up killing people, suggesting instead that Aang’s reluctance to kill the Firelord was due to a conflict between his Air Nomad upbringing and his avatar duties. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop people from pointing to less pacist Nomads like Zaheer and others who although they were airbenders, were not originally air nomads prior to Harmonic Convergence in an attempt to claim that the avatar himself was unable to kill.

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The mover, like its real world counterpart, was also said to downplay Avatar Aang’s struggle by claiming that the avatar was unable to kill his adversary. Although avatar scholars were again quick to point out this inaccuracy, some less knowledgeable individuals pointed out the fact that Avatar Aang never actually ended up killing Ozai. But here again historians pointed out how plenty of avatars ended up killing people, suggesting instead that Aang’s reluctance to kill the Firelord was due to a conflict between his Air Nomad upbringing and his avatar duties. Unfortunately, this didn’t didn't stop people from pointing to less pacist Nomads like Zaheer and others who although they were airbenders, were not originally air nomads prior to Harmonic Convergence in an attempt to claim that the avatar himself was unable to kill.
21st Jan '15 10:30:49 AM Turnshroud
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[[WMG:"The Last Airbender isn't a satire of the Ember Island Players' version of "The Last Airbender"...]]

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21st Jan '15 10:29:46 AM Turnshroud
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In Book 2 of The Legend of Korra, Bolin became a mover star when he played with his role in the Nuktuk movers. Like in the ATLA adaptation, our protagonist was miscast. Instead of being played by someone that looked like they were of Southern Water Tribe descent, or instead of actually getting a waterbender to play Nuktuk, Varrick placed Bolin in that role and hired some waterbenders to compensate for Bolin’s inability to waterbend. Although we do see some light-skinned waterbenders in “Nuktuk,” with some dark- and light-skinned Northern Water Tribe guardsas well, they were most likely from Republic City and not actual natives of the Water Tribes. In-universe, the debate over Varrick’s casting decisions are discussed in such film history lectures as “Was Nuktuk Racist?” “National Representation in Movers,” and “A History of Early Movers.”
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In Book 2 of The Legend of Korra, Bolin became a mover star when he played with his role in the Nuktuk movers. Like in the ATLA adaptation, our protagonist was miscast. Instead of being played by someone that looked like they were of Southern Water Tribe descent, or instead of actually getting a waterbender to play Nuktuk, Varrick placed Bolin in that role and hired some waterbenders to compensate for Bolin’s inability to waterbend. Although we do see some light-skinned waterbenders in “Nuktuk,” with some dark- and light-skinned Northern Water Tribe guardsas well, they were most likely from Republic City and not actual natives of the Water Tribes. In-universe, the debate over Varrick’s casting decisions are discussed in such film history lectures as “Was Nuktuk Racist?” “National Representation in Movers,” and “A History of Early Movers.
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Although Lee remained silent ion the issue of firebender casting, one popular theory was that the director was secretly an Ozai apologist who wanted to subtly feed his propaganda into the face of the public. This is why we see the earthbenderr prison surrounded by rock—Lee wanted to demonstrate the stupidity of earthbenders who had to be saved by their “savior” the avatar. Some also point to this remark made by lee in an interview following the mover’s first showing “If Nuktuk was allowed to get away with having a non-waterbender playing a waterbending protagonist, why can’t I?”
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Although Lee remained silent ion the issue of firebender casting, one popular theory was that the director was secretly an Ozai apologist who wanted to subtly feed his propaganda into the face of the public. This is why we see the earthbenderr prison surrounded by rock—Lee wanted to demonstrate the stupidity of earthbenders who had to be saved by their “savior” the avatar. Some also point to this remark made by lee in an interview following the mover’s first showing “If Nuktuk was allowed to to get away with having a non-waterbender playing a waterbending protagonist, why can’t I?”
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21st Jan '15 10:28:20 AM Turnshroud
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[[WMG:"The Last Airbender isn't a satire of the Ember Island Players' version of "The Last Airbender"...]]
It's a satire of a future Varrick Mover.
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You see, M. Night Shyamalan is a Time Lord, and as such he was able to see the future of VarriMovers before we knew movers even existed. There’s a catch though: the mover was based on a remake of the classic Ember Island Players production “The Boy in the Iceberg,” which flopped in the box office due to its poor quality, just like its real world counterpart. So when Shyamalan was saying that the movie was actually good, he quite literally meant it because he was staying true to, and satirizing a mover adaptation of the Ember Island Players “The Boy in the Iceberg.”
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In Book 2 of The Legend of Korra, Bolin became a mover star when he played with his role in the Nuktuk movers. Like in the ATLA adaptation, our protagonist was miscast. Instead of being played by someone that looked like they were of Southern Water Tribe descent, or instead of actually getting a waterbender to play Nuktuk, Varrick placed Bolin in that role and hired some waterbenders to compensate for Bolin’s inability to waterbend. Although we do see some light-skinned waterbenders in “Nuktuk,” with some dark- and light-skinned Northern Water Tribe guardsas well, they were most likely from Republic City and not actual natives of the Water Tribes. In-universe, the debate over Varrick’s casting decisions are discussed in such film history lectures as “Was Nuktuk Racist?” “National Representation in Movers,” and “A History of Early Movers.”
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Fast forward to what in-universe would correspond to our modern times. VarriMovers is now the biggest movie production company in the avatarverse. A young aspiring director, who we will call Lee, travels to Republic City and pitches a new mover to the heads of VarriMovers by the name of “The Boy in the Iceberg,” based off a classic play by the same name. VarriMovers agree to this proposal, and grant Lee $150 million yuans to make what they think will be the mover of the year…
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But it flops for almost the exact same reasons its real-world counterpart did. Although the effects “were decent” as one reviewer put it, the mover was heavily criticized for its terrible writing, its awful casting choices, and its terrible costume design.
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Our Time Lord, Shyamalan, instead of actually creating a film adaptation of the show took this future mover and decided to make a movie adaptation of that mover instead which satirized the reasons for its failure tenfold. To properly satirize it, Shyamalan knew that he had to exaggerate every single criticism of the mover. As a result, the actors were even more miscast, the amount of exposition in the film was increased, and the writing remained pretty terrible (most of the bad writing was Shyamalan’s fault though; let’s give some guy some credit at least).
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BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! You see, two other big criticisms of “The Boy in the Iceberg” was that it made a mockery of traditional bending forms and that it only counted one firebender among its cast: the guy playing Iroh—the only person in the entire movie/mover who can create his own fire.
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In response to the claim that he was mocking traditional bending forms, Lee claimed that the bending forms were quite accurate even though he was quickly proven wrong by several masters and White Lotus members. Unfortunately, the director persisted in his claims regarding bending accuracy.
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Although Lee remained silent ion the issue of firebender casting, one popular theory was that the director was secretly an Ozai apologist who wanted to subtly feed his propaganda into the face of the public. This is why we see the earthbenderr prison surrounded by rock—Lee wanted to demonstrate the stupidity of earthbenders who had to be saved by their “savior” the avatar. Some also point to this remark made by lee in an interview following the mover’s first showing “If Nuktuk was allowed to get away with having a non-waterbender playing a waterbending protagonist, why can’t I?”
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Also of note was the alteration of Aang’s motives. By saying that Aang ran away because the avatar can’t have a family, it was said by some critics that Lee was trying to attack Aang by making him look like a hypocrite and a coward who ran away and ended up raising a family even though his avatar status would have prevented him from accomplishing this. Of course, avatar scholars quickly pointed out that the avatar could raise a family as demonstrated by avatars Kyoshi and Roku. But revisionists persisted anyway, pointing to sketchy revisionist history books like “The Untold History of the Avatars,” and “The Wounded Dragon” which tend to claim Avatar Aang was an aggressor and a coward who victimized the Fire Nation until the day he died with the help of Firelord Zuko who is still seen in a few small circles as a usu
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The mover, like its real world counterpart, was also said to downplay Avatar Aang’s struggle by claiming that the avatar was unable to kill his adversary. Although avatar scholars were again quick to point out this inaccuracy, some less knowledgeable individuals pointed out the fact that Avatar Aang never actually ended up killing Ozai. But here again historians pointed out how plenty of avatars ended up killing people, suggesting instead that Aang’s reluctance to kill the Firelord was due to a conflict between his Air Nomad upbringing and his avatar duties. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop people from pointing to less pacist Nomads like Zaheer and others who although they were airbenders, were not originally air nomads prior to Harmonic Convergence in an attempt to claim that the avatar himself was unable to kill.
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As a result of the mover’s terribleness, Shyamalan decided that the mover warranted a real-world satire, which eventually manifested itself as “The Last Airbender.”
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Bonus: Seychelle Gabriel was hired to play Yue because M Night Shyamalan knew that she was to meet Bryke so that she could eventually voice Asami.
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12th Sep '14 12:39:24 AM philipw
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* After season 4 of Korra, this becomes significantly more plausible. [[spoiler:Since the opening of the spirit portals, the ecosystems from the spirit world and human world start to compete. Spirits - both plant and animal - are generally more intelligent and more powerful than most animals, so in time they take over the human world ecosystem, resulting in the weird glowing animals and the huge jungles reminiscent of the Republic City vines. Both the Avatar and Last Airbender planets have a huge "spirit tree" connecting all life. Unobtainium is either spirit world weirdness, or rocks somehow imbued with Guru Laghima's weightlessness. The avatar cycle was broken, and the human population has died out because the ecosystem turned too hostile for them to handle, because they lost a war against sapient spirits (confirmed to exist, via Wan's story), or some other reason, and that's why nobody is using bending. Completely independently from that, humans evolved on the nearby actual planet Earth as well (which lacks spirits, and therefore bending), and traveled to the Avatar world for the precious unobtainium.

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* After season 4 of Korra, this becomes significantly more plausible. [[spoiler:Since the opening of the spirit portals, the ecosystems from the spirit world and human world start to compete. Spirits - both plant and animal - are generally more intelligent and more powerful than most animals, so in time they take over the human world ecosystem, resulting in the weird glowing animals and the huge jungles reminiscent of the Republic City vines. Both the Avatar and Last Airbender planets have a huge "spirit tree" connecting all life. Unobtainium is either spirit world weirdness, or rocks somehow imbued with Guru Laghima's weightlessness. The avatar cycle was broken, and the human population has died out because the ecosystem turned too hostile for them to handle, because they lost a war against sapient spirits (confirmed to exist, via Wan's story), or some other reason, and that's why nobody is using bending. ]] Completely independently from that, humans evolved on the nearby actual planet Earth as well (which lacks spirits, and therefore bending), and traveled to the Avatar world for the precious unobtainium.
12th Sep '14 12:38:52 AM philipw
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* After season 4 of Korra, this becomes significantly more plausible. [[spoiler:Since the opening of the spirit portals, the ecosystems from the spirit world and human world start to compete. Spirits - both plant and animal - are generally more intelligent and more powerful than most animals, so in time they take over the human world ecosystem, resulting in the weird glowing animals and the huge jungles reminiscent of the Republic City vines. Both the Avatar and Last Airbender planets have a huge "spirit tree" connecting all life. Unobtainium is either spirit world weirdness, or rocks somehow imbued with Guru Laghima's weightlessness. The avatar cycle was broken, and the human population has died out because the ecosystem turned too hostile for them to handle, because they lost a war against sapient spirits (confirmed to exist, via Wan's story), or some other reason, and that's why nobody is using bending. Completely independently from that, humans evolved on the nearby actual planet Earth as well (which lacks spirits, and therefore bending), and traveled to the Avatar world for the precious unobtainium.
31st Jul '14 4:32:49 PM nitro1995
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* The characterization of Sokka in the film seems closer to his original characterization in the cartoon's test-pilot, rather than what we got in the official cartoon series.
24th Apr '14 12:36:41 AM despoa
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And thus sets forth the plot for this movie.

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24th Apr '14 12:36:24 AM despoa
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There is no war in Ba Sing Se... at least, not one worth fighting. The movie was made to make the heroes out to be dull, unlikable people fighting against dull, less-than-threatening villains. That way, people won't get involved if they see the 'heroes' or 'villains' and leave them to their own devices.

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There is no war in Ba Sing Se... at least, not one worth fighting. The movie was made to make the heroes out to be dull, unlikable people fighting against dull, less-than-threatening villains. That way, people won't get involved if they see the 'heroes' or 'villains' and leave them to their own devices.devices.

[[WMG:The whole movie is part of the Shayamalan movie universe.]]
The planet Earth used to be a relatively normal world with questionably intelligent people until ''Film/TheHappening'' occurred, wiping out almost all of humanity and leaving a small percentage of the world population alive. For the next thousand years, the remaining survivors developed advanced enough technology and left Earth, with those who decided to stay behind left to die, which leads to the plot of ''Film/AfterEarth''. After the plot of that movie ends, enough humans have gathered together and decided to terraform and repopulate Earth.\\
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Before society was established, however, a portal from another dimension suddenly appeared and interdimensional aliens came out of it. Being much more advanced and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible]], humanity fell to these aliens and their technology and intelligence was wiped out, sending them to the Stone Age. The aliens realized their mistakes and decided to look into humanity's past and try to recreate their world as it was back then. However, before the process was complete, they succumbed to the incompatible natures of the reality they were residing in and altogether collapsed into four massive interdimensional-spliced, barely sentient tortoises. They became the landmasses of the modified planet Earth, which the modified (and incomplete) humans have come to live on and procreate. From these tortoises came a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that filled the planet and reacts with the tampered DNA of some of the humans that allowed them to control the elements, among other abilities. Humanity has created entire religions and cultures around these miracles, thriving off of their advantages.\\
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And thus sets forth the plot for this movie.
[[https://archive.foolz.us/co/thread/61124100/#q61139184 Source]]
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