The new trailer for Shyamalan’s adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon The Last Airbender has been released.
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Some similarities and differences between the television show Avatar: The Last Airbender and Shyamalan’s film adaptation The Last Airbender can be picked out simply by watching the trailers for the film version.
Glimpse of Appa
When the last trailer hit the web (see: Evidence of “race-bending” in release of second trailer for The Last Airbender), fans got excited about a possible glimpse of Aang’s flying sky-bison Appa. In this latest addition, though, you don’t even have to strain your eyes to see the last airbender’s animal companion soaring in the sky near an old air temple. As of yet, though, there’s still no sign of Momo, the cute little lemur who is a part of the group’s party.
Viewers got to finally meet the princess of the Northern Water Tribe, Princess Yue. She looks pretty similar to the version in the cartoon, and the sound of her voice very closely resembles that of her animated counterpart. Her character’s focus resembles that of the cartoon as well, as her soundbite in the film trailer makes her sound like she is all about hope.
One appearance that has fans buzzing is the appearance of a dragon in the third trailer for Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. While some have suggested that this may be Koh, the face-stealer who lives in the spirit world in the cartoon version of Avatar: The Last Airbender, it seems more likely that it is actually the spirit animal of the former Avatar, Avatar Roku. In the television series, Feng, Roku’s dragon, comes to meet Aang to deliver a message from Roku. The voice that is heard in the film is likely that of Avatar Roku speaking through the dragon.
Further evidence that this is not Koh can be found by looking at the IMDB cast list, which has no mention of this spirit world-character.
Humor in The Last Airbender
While humor was an important part of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, it seems that it may have been all but eliminated from Shyamalan’s film adaptation. Shyamalan was quoted on io9.com as saying: “I took away a little bit of the slapsticky stuff that was there for the little little kids, the fart jokes and things like that. We weeded that stuff away.”
It sounds like Aang isn’t going to be light-hearted and childlike anymore, which is what the new Airbender trailer has hinted, along with the others. The comedy has been replaced, it would appear, by a heavy story that might feature an Aang who is more like Frodo in Return of the King than a free-spirited, penguin-riding child.
The comedy may not be gone entirely, though. Shyamalan continued, saying that the filmmakers “grounded Katara’s brother [Sokka], who’s the comic relief in the show. We grounded him, and that really did wonderful things for the whole theme of the movie.”
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