GeekGround Avatar: The Last Airbender (live) - creators leave

8/12/20 1:08 PM
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An open letter to Avatar: The Last Airbender fans:
 
Many of you have been asking me for updates about the Avatar live-action Netflix series. I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production.
 
When Bryan and I signed on to the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producers and showrunners. In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.
 
Look, things happen. Productions are challenging. Unforeseen events arise. Plans have to change. And when those things have happened at other points during my career, I try to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to go with the flow, no matter what obstacle is put in my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to cut their losses and move on.
 
I started to reevaluate what is truly important in my life and what I wanted to do with what’s left of it. I took some advice from Uncle Iroh. I looked inward and started asking myself the big question: “Who are you and what do you want?”
 
I also sought wisdom from Stoic philosophers who were big on differentiating between what is within our control and what isn’t. I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I've ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity.
 
And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.
 
I also want to be clear that this doesn't mean the end of my involvement in the Avatar universe. These stories and characters are important to me and the renewed interest and excitement in Avatar and Korra has been inspiring to see.
 
Writing this letter has left me with a very heavy heart. I know many of you will be disappointed and frustrated by this news. I get it. I share your disappointment and frustration. I also recognize this creative setback is small compared to the problems we’re all facing as a society right now.
 
Thankfully, Iroh offered some wisdom for that, too: “Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving you will come to a better place.”
 
May we all keep moving and come to a better place.
 
Thanks for reading and for your continued enthusiasm for the Avatar universe.
 
With gratitude,
 
Michael Dante DiMartino
8/12/20 10:07 PM
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Disappointing 

8/13/20 8:10 PM
8/31/11
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Can someone explain to me what makes the anime so good? It seems to be made for children, what am I missing? 

8/13/20 8:22 PM
1/1/01
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MmmozzY - 

Can someone explain to me what makes the anime so good? It seems to be made for children, what am I missing? 


If you've watched a few episodes and it's not your cup of tea, well, then it's not your cup of tea and that's ok. 

Objectively speaking, the quality of the show is head and shoulders above any other American animated show I can think of off the top of my head. it's very well animated. The fight sequences are extremely good, the character  designs are great and the world building is fantastic. The voice acting and music are both top notch for television. And I don't mean for kid's shows, I mean for television, period.

Characters are believable with realistic motivations. This is not a simple "these are the good characters and these are the baddies" type of plotting that I would associate with a children's show. Nor is the breath of the plot - 61 episodes telling one single story is not something I would associate with a show made for children. The characters grow and mature over time, again, not someting I would associate with a children's show, or at least not an American animated children's show.

And then there's the bending. Each of bending is associated with a real world martial art, which I think is something folks on a martial arts forum would appreciate.

But as I suggested before, if you feel like you've given it a fair chance and it didn't catch your interest, that's totally fine.

 

8/13/20 9:12 PM
8/31/11
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paw -
MmmozzY - 

Can someone explain to me what makes the anime so good? It seems to be made for children, what am I missing? 


If you've watched a few episodes and it's not your cup of tea, well, then it's not your cup of tea and that's ok. 

Objectively speaking, the quality of the show is head and shoulders above any other American animated show I can think of off the top of my head. it's very well animated. The fight sequences are extremely good, the character  designs are great and the world building is fantastic. The voice acting and music are both top notch for television. And I don't mean for kid's shows, I mean for television, period.

Characters are believable with realistic motivations. This is not a simple "these are the good characters and these are the baddies" type of plotting that I would associate with a children's show. Nor is the breath of the plot - 61 episodes telling one single story is not something I would associate with a show made for children. The characters grow and mature over time, again, not someting I would associate with a children's show, or at least not an American animated children's show.

And then there's the bending. Each of bending is associated with a real world martial art, which I think is something folks on a martial arts forum would appreciate.

But as I suggested before, if you feel like you've given it a fair chance and it didn't catch your interest, that's totally fine.

 

I’m in the process of watching it right now since everyone recommended it to me. I’m maybe 10 episodes in. It wasn’t meant to be a jab, I honestly don’t understand the hype. I find your explanation to be reasonable, I suspect anime won’t ever be my thing. Character motivations being realistic is a bit of a stretch I think, it’s all very simplified which to me makes it feel like it was written with a young audience in mind.

8/14/20 9:12 AM
1/1/01
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MmmozzY - 
paw -
MmmozzY - 

Can someone explain to me what makes the anime so good? It seems to be made for children, what am I missing? 


If you've watched a few episodes and it's not your cup of tea, well, then it's not your cup of tea and that's ok. 

Objectively speaking, the quality of the show is head and shoulders above any other American animated show I can think of off the top of my head. it's very well animated. The fight sequences are extremely good, the character  designs are great and the world building is fantastic. The voice acting and music are both top notch for television. And I don't mean for kid's shows, I mean for television, period.

Characters are believable with realistic motivations. This is not a simple "these are the good characters and these are the baddies" type of plotting that I would associate with a children's show. Nor is the breath of the plot - 61 episodes telling one single story is not something I would associate with a show made for children. The characters grow and mature over time, again, not someting I would associate with a children's show, or at least not an American animated children's show.

And then there's the bending. Each of bending is associated with a real world martial art, which I think is something folks on a martial arts forum would appreciate.

But as I suggested before, if you feel like you've given it a fair chance and it didn't catch your interest, that's totally fine.

 

I’m in the process of watching it right now since everyone recommended it to me. I’m maybe 10 episodes in. It wasn’t meant to be a jab, I honestly don’t understand the hype. I find your explanation to be reasonable, I suspect anime won’t ever be my thing. Character motivations being realistic is a bit of a stretch I think, it’s all very simplified which to me makes it feel like it was written with a young audience in mind.


This might seem like a dodge, but I do feel it's very clear that characters grow over time. In one of the later seasons, one of the characters jokes about how it's their turn to have a "life changing experience with ****character redacted****".  So it might be an issue of having to watch more episodes to see that.

Now this will make me seem like "that person", but Avatar: the Last Airbender isn't anime. It's an American show that was animated by a studio in Korean (iirc, might be wrong). Anime is generally used to refer to animation that comes from Japan and is animated in Japan. 

Anime isn't a per se and calling something "anime" doesn't tie the subject matter to a particular genre or a particular age group and some folks get super-upset when people misuse the tern...sort of like how some people loose their minds when people misuse the term "clip" when talking about firearms. (Only example I could think of off the top of my head...)