History YMMV / TheLastAirbender

29th Jun '16 4:58:07 PM jameygamer
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** The last-minute 3D conversion was universally panned.

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** The last-minute 3D conversion was universally panned.panned and earned a one-off GoldenRaspberryAward; Creator/RogerEbert called it the nail in "low-rent 3D".
29th Jun '16 8:44:27 AM Silverblade2
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* FandomBerserkButton: For those fans of the source material who acknowledge it at all. Many ''Avatar'' fans [[FanonDiscontinuity refuse to admit that this movie even]] ''[[FanonDiscontinuity exists]]''.

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* FandomBerserkButton: For those fans of the source material who acknowledge it at all. Many ''Avatar'' fans [[FanonDiscontinuity refuse to admit that this movie even]] ''[[FanonDiscontinuity exists]]''.even ''exists''.
24th Jun '16 2:19:06 PM Eagal
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* TheScrappy: Live!Katara has far fewer fans than her cartoon counterpart, mainly for hardly being like Cartoon!Katara and her actress having a severe case of DullSurprise. It also doesn't help that this script removed many of her strong CharacterDevelopment moments and gave most of the rest to Aang. Plus, there are persistent rumors that Nicola Peltz's extremely rich father bought the role for her.

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* TheScrappy: Live!Katara Katara's live action incarnation has far fewer fans than her cartoon counterpart, mainly for hardly being like Cartoon!Katara Katara is in the cartoon and her actress having a severe case of DullSurprise. It also doesn't help that this script removed many of her strong CharacterDevelopment moments and gave most of the rest to Aang. Plus, there are persistent rumors that Nicola Peltz's extremely rich father bought the role for her.
24th Jun '16 2:17:52 PM Eagal
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** The movie's RaceLift makes all the heroes (including Katara and Sokka, who in the show are AmbiguouslyBrown) white, and all the villains dark-skinned.
--->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''': Watch as the ethnically diverse heroes you know and love are brought to life as generic white kids! While the ethnically diverse villains stay ethnically diverse.
** Besides the accusations of racist casting, ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx calls out]] an apparent sexist tone in the film, pointing out that a number of important moments female characters had in the animated series (Katara's speech to the imprisoned Earthbenders, Yue realizing she can [[spoiler:sacrifice herself to restore Waterbending]]) are given to male characters instead.

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** The movie's RaceLift makes all the heroes (including Katara and Sokka, who in the show are AmbiguouslyBrown) white, and all the villains dark-skinned.
--->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''': Watch as the ethnically diverse heroes you know and love are brought to life as generic white kids! While the ethnically diverse villains stay ethnically diverse.
** Besides the accusations of racist casting,
''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx calls out]] an apparent sexist tone in the film, pointing out that a number of important moments female characters had in the animated series (Katara's speech to the imprisoned Earthbenders, Yue realizing she can [[spoiler:sacrifice herself to restore Waterbending]]) are given to male characters instead.
5th Jun '16 5:22:02 PM BananaPancakes
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** The debate over the movie casting was so intense that entire forums were divided over it, with those supporting the casting and those against it being banned for their opinions. Protesters considered those who supported the casting as blind and shrugging off a big issue, while those that eagerly anticipated the movie saw the protesters as [[NoTrueScotsman not 'true' fans]].
** Firebending only being able to manipulate pre-existing flames ([[spoiler:except in special circumstances]]). People tend to either be upset that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it's not the same as in the show]], or feel that it now fits with the other three bending types in that it doesn't create the bendable element.
** And then there's those who feel that the decision justified the show's not having firebending work exactly like the others, as it made the other nations look like ''[[AdaptationalWimp real wimps]]'' when they're not able to fight a nation whose bending relies on a gigantic weak point in the form of the exposed, easily extinguishable fire sources.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Francis Guinan as Pakku has been noted by several reviewers to be the one actor to escape the film with his dignity intact, putting real effort and emotion into his scant screen time in stark contrast to everyone else.

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** The debate over the movie casting was so intense that entire forums were divided over it, with those supporting the casting and those against it being banned for their opinions. Protesters considered those who supported the casting as blind and shrugging off a big issue, while those that eagerly anticipated the movie saw thought the protesters as were [[NoTrueScotsman not 'true' fans]].
fans.]]
** Firebending only being able to manipulate pre-existing preexisting flames ([[spoiler:except in special circumstances]]). People tend to either to be upset that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it's not the same as in the show]], or feel that it now fits with the other three bending types in that it doesn't create the bendable element.
** And then there's there are those who feel that the decision justified the show's not having firebending Firebending work exactly like the others, as it made the other nations look like ''[[AdaptationalWimp real wimps]]'' when they're not able to they can't fight a nation whose bending relies on a gigantic weak point in the form of the exposed, easily extinguishable fire sources.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Francis Guinan as Pakku has been noted by several reviewers to be the one actor to escape the film with his dignity intact, putting real effort and emotion into his scant screen time in stark contrast to everyone else.



** Even though his portrayal may not have portrayed the character he was playing 100% accurately, Shaun Toub was also singled out for praise by the majority of critics as one of the few actors who put effort into their performance.
* FandomBerserkButton: The movie is this for fans of the original show. Half of the Avatar fanbase refuses to admit that this movie even ''exists.''

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** Even though his portrayal may not have portrayed been entirely accurate to the character he was playing 100% accurately, playing, most critics noted that Shaun Toub was also singled out for praise by the majority of critics as one of the few actors cast members who put effort into their performance.
* FandomBerserkButton: The movie is this for For those fans of the original show. Half of the Avatar fanbase refuses source material who acknowledge it at all. Many ''Avatar'' fans [[FanonDiscontinuity refuse to admit that this movie even ''exists.''even]] ''[[FanonDiscontinuity exists]]''.



** Probably the ultimate example is the [[FanNickname Pebble]] [[MemeticMutation Dance]]: When the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpgbZcHk_A Earthbender prisoners are staging a revolt]], we see six Earthbenders moving in perfect precision and choreography, stomping the earth and releasing a [[ScreamingWarrior mighty battle cry]]... and a tiny rock barely bigger than a football floats by very, ''very'' slowly. A ''seventh'' Earthbender then launches it at a guard. A fan theory suggested that the dancing Earthbenders were actually responsible for making the earth walls previously used to block the fire blasts, but the scene alludes to the cartoon, in which Haru's father ''was'' the one who made the earth wall. It [[MugglesDoItBetter probably would have been more effective]] if all seven benders instead each picked up a moderately sized rock and [[MundaneSolution just threw them]].
** The above fight scene, along with a few others, were all shot with a single camera, with no jump cuts. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]
%% * GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Creator/MNightShyamalan claims that while American audiences received the film negatively, the Japanese audience view him as a genius.
* HamAndCheese: Aasif Mandvi plays Zhao pretty similarly to how he always plays himself on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', only, well, evil.

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** Probably the ultimate example is the [[FanNickname Pebble]] [[MemeticMutation Dance]]: When As the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpgbZcHk_A Earthbender prisoners are staging a stage their revolt]], we see six Earthbenders moving move in perfect precision and precise choreography, stomping the earth and releasing a [[ScreamingWarrior mighty battle cry]]... cry]] and a tiny rock barely bigger than a football floats by very, ''very'' slowly. A ''seventh'' Earthbender then launches it at a guard. A fan theory suggested that the dancing Earthbenders were actually responsible for making the earth walls previously used to block the fire blasts, but the scene alludes to the cartoon, in which Haru's father ''was'' the one who made the earth wall. It [[MugglesDoItBetter probably would have been more effective]] if all seven benders instead each picked up a moderately sized rock and [[MundaneSolution just threw them]].
** The above fight scene, along with scene was one of a few others, that were all shot with a single camera, [[TheOner with no jump cuts.cuts]]. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]
%% * GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Creator/MNightShyamalan M. Night Shyamalan claims that while American audiences received the film negatively, the Japanese audience view him as a genius.
* HamAndCheese: Aasif Mandvi plays Zhao pretty similarly to how he always plays himself on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', only, well, evil.



** "The Ember Island Players" episode, which came out at the time when this movie was in production. Needless to say, a lot of jokes were to be had using footage from that episode to showcase how bad the film was. The last line in the episode especially, which has the heroes say the show they just saw was awful but the effects were nice.
** Seychelle Gabriel (movie Yue) voicing Asami in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', a character first intended as a simple RomanticFalseLead but was changed to become much more prominent when she became popular with the fans. [[spoiler:The hilarity doesn't reach its peak until the ''end'' of the show, though, where Asami ended up becoming the titular Korra's final ''love interest''.]]

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** "The Ember Island Players" episode, which came out at during the time when this movie was in production. production of the movie. Needless to say, a lot of many jokes were to be had using footage from that episode to showcase show how bad the film was. The was -- particularly its last line in the episode especially, which has line, wherein the heroes say the show they just saw was awful but the effects were nice.
** Seychelle Gabriel (movie (Movie Yue) voicing Asami in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', a character first intended as a simple RomanticFalseLead but was changed to become much more prominent when she became popular with the fans. [[spoiler:The hilarity doesn't reach its peak until the ''end'' of the show, though, where Asami ended up becoming the titular Korra's final ''love interest''.]]



* JerkassWoobie: Zuko, when he's not [[LargeHam yelling or being his general angry self]].
* MemeticMutation: Many, mostly related to [[Narm/TheLastAirbender the unintentionally hilarious moments]].
** Before the movie had even come out, early test screening reviews mentioned a scene that has turned the phrase "punching the fish" [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/063/7/3/PUNCH_A_FISH_IN_THE_FACE_by_Booter_Freak.png into a meme]][[note]]He actually stabs it with a knife.[[/note]].

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* JerkassWoobie: Zuko, when he's not [[LargeHam yelling or being his general angry self]].
self.]]
* MemeticMutation: Many, mostly related to [[Narm/TheLastAirbender the unintentionally hilarious moments]].
moments.]]
** Before the movie had even come out, early test screening reviews mentioned a scene that has turned the phrase "punching the fish" [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/063/7/3/PUNCH_A_FISH_IN_THE_FACE_by_Booter_Freak.png into a meme]][[note]]He meme]].[[note]]He actually stabs it with a knife.[[/note]]. [[/note]]



** '''"BRING ME... ALL YOUR ELDERLY!"''' (Zuko's line when he's searching for the Avatar in the Southern Water tribe makes it sound like he has a fetish for elderly people. He's more specific in the show.)
** The pebble dance, the most notorious example of FightSceneFailure mentioned above[[note]]Six earthbenders. Four seconds of ''kata''. One rock, slightly larger than a human head, gently floating along.[[/note]]

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** '''"BRING ME... ME ALL YOUR ELDERLY!"''' (Zuko's line when he's searching for the Avatar in the Southern Water tribe Tribe makes it sound like he has a fetish for elderly people. He's more specific He explains himself better in the show.)
** The pebble dance, the most notorious example of FightSceneFailure mentioned above[[note]]Six earthbenders.above.[[note]]Six Earthbenders. Four seconds of ''kata''. One rock, slightly larger than a human head, gently floating along.[[/note]]



** Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library (Movie!Zhao mentions the library several times, as opposed to Show!Zhao, who vaguely mentions it once).

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** Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library (Movie!Zhao mentions the library several times, as opposed to Show!Zhao, Animated!Zhao, who vaguely mentions it once).



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5J7inpYSoE AANG! JUST ONCE!]] (Fans of the show got annoyed at how 'Aang' was pronounced 'Ahng')
** X, there is Y under your feet! Why don't you fight? (Aang motivates the imprisoned earthbenders by pointing out that the material that they can ''[[DishingOutDirt magically manipulate]]'' was ''[[ForgotAboutHisPowers completely surrounding them]]''.
%% ** [[AC:X scene was cut from the movie because it was too "distracting".]]
%% ** [[FelonyMisdemeanor It really hurt!]]

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5J7inpYSoE AANG! JUST ONCE!]] (Fans of the show got annoyed at how 'Aang' was pronounced 'Ahng')
'Ahng.')
** X, there is Y under your feet! Why don't you fight? (Aang motivates the imprisoned earthbenders Earthbenders by pointing out that the material that they can ''[[DishingOutDirt magically manipulate]]'' was ''[[ForgotAboutHisPowers completely surrounding them]]''.
%% ** %%** [[AC:X scene was cut from the movie because it was too "distracting".]]
%% ** %%** [[FelonyMisdemeanor It really hurt!]]



* NeverLiveItDown: Played straight with Creator/MNightShyamalan, who has yet to distance himself from the spectacular failure of this film on top of his [[Film/TheVillage previous]] [[Film/LadyInTheWater three]] [[Film/TheHappening outings]]. Likewise, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} have not been allowed to forget their part in this film's creation.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Played straight with Creator/MNightShyamalan, who has yet to distance himself from the spectacular failure of this film on top of his [[Film/TheVillage previous]] [[Film/LadyInTheWater three]] [[Film/TheHappening outings]]. Likewise, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} have not been allowed to forget their part in this film's creation.that they paid for it.



* ShipTease: The ending of the Oasis fight was significantly more... Zutara-ish.
* SnarkBait: Oh, so very much. It's in reviews, it's in forums, and it's in ''Wiki/TVTropes'', and it's all because the movie is so awful.
* SignatureScene: The Earthbender [[LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].

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* ShipTease: The ending of the Oasis fight was significantly more... more Zutara-ish.
* SignatureScene: The Earthbender [[LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's [[PlotHole problematic]] {{adaptation|alWimp}} of the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone {{memetic|Mutation}}.
* SnarkBait: Oh, so very much. It's in reviews, it's in forums, and it's in ''Wiki/TVTropes'', and it's all because the movie is so awful.
* SignatureScene: The Earthbender [[LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
awful.



* SpecialEffectsFailure:

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* SpecialEffectsFailure:SpecialEffectFailure:



** At times, the waterbending is not even animated.
** The firebending is pretty much nothing but poorly composed live-action fire elements with CG that even the film version of ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would reject.

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** At times, the waterbending Waterbending is not even animated.
** The firebending Firebending is pretty much nothing but poorly composed live-action fire elements with CG that even the film version of ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would reject.



** ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx objects]] to what its recapper considers a sexist tone in the film, pointing out that a number of important moments for female characters (Katara's speech to the imprisoned earthbenders, Yue realizing she can [[spoiler:sacrifice herself to restore waterbending]]) are given to male characters instead.



-->'''Honest Trailers''': "Watch as the ethnically diverse heroes you know and love are brought to life as generic white guys, while the ethnically diverse villains... stay ethnically diverse."

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-->'''Honest Trailers''': "Watch --->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''': Watch as the ethnically diverse heroes you know and love are brought to life as generic white guys, while kids! While the ethnically diverse villains... villains stay ethnically diverse."diverse.
** Besides the accusations of racist casting, ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx calls out]] an apparent sexist tone in the film, pointing out that a number of important moments female characters had in the animated series (Katara's speech to the imprisoned Earthbenders, Yue realizing she can [[spoiler:sacrifice herself to restore Waterbending]]) are given to male characters instead.



** Many fans of the original cartoon would have preferred Asian actors to play Katara and Sokka because although the characters have ambiguous racial features, their culture is based on Inuits. Caucasian actors Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone were cast instead but all the Waterbender extras ''were'' Asian or Inuit actors, so the main characters don't seem to belong to their own tribe.

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** Many fans of the original cartoon would have preferred Asian actors to play Katara and Sokka because although the characters have ambiguous racial features, their culture is based on Inuits. the Inuit. Caucasian actors Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone were cast instead instead, but all the Waterbender extras ''were'' Asian or Inuit actors, so the main characters don't seem to belong to their own tribe.
11th May '16 8:16:40 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* SignatureScene: The Earthbender [[LockingMacGuyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].

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* SignatureScene: The Earthbender [[LockingMacGuyverInTheStoreCupboard [[LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
11th May '16 12:52:31 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* SignatureScene: The Earthbender prison, because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the corresponding scene in the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].

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* SignatureScene: The Earthbender prison, [[LockingMacGuyverInTheStoreCupboard prison]], because it's a perfect showcase of the film's...[[PlotHole problematic]] [[AdaptationalWimp adaptation]] of the corresponding scene in the show. The Pebble Dance in particular has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
10th May '16 3:26:17 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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%% ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5J7inpYSoE AANG! JUST ONCE!]]

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%% ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5J7inpYSoE AANG! JUST ONCE!]]ONCE!]] (Fans of the show got annoyed at how 'Aang' was pronounced 'Ahng')
10th May '16 3:24:21 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** The pebble dance, the most notorious example of FightSceneFailure mentioned above[[note]]Six earthbenders. Four seconds of ''kata''. One rock, slightly larger than a human head, gently floating along.[[/note]].

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** The pebble dance, the most notorious example of FightSceneFailure mentioned above[[note]]Six earthbenders. Four seconds of ''kata''. One rock, slightly larger than a human head, gently floating along.[[/note]]. [[/note]]



** Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library.

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** Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library.library (Movie!Zhao mentions the library several times, as opposed to Show!Zhao, who vaguely mentions it once).
1st May '16 7:17:39 PM NightShade96
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* MemeticMutation: Many, mostly related to unintentionally hilarious moments.

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* MemeticMutation: Many, mostly related to [[Narm/TheLastAirbender the unintentionally hilarious moments.moments]].
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