here finally is my mockup fanmade live action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie poster! it also doubles as the poster for my atla movie edit project, now titled The Legend of Aang, where i’m editing the first season of atla into an animated movie which is now officially coming in 2017!! i’ll also be doing lots more fan edits of both atla and lok including movie versions, alternate cuts of the show, etc
see the huge FULL SIZE poster HERE (recommended! but warning it’s about 50mb! dat quality)
i’ll post a progress video soon, because a LOT of work went into this, and i’m SO happy with how it turned out!
Avatar: As much as I love “The Kyoshi Warriors”, the fact that Suki punctuates her “I am a warrior, but I’m a girl too” line by kissing Sokka kind of equates womanhood with liking dudes and that’s… not great.
Parks & Rec: The show didn’t include Donna in the title credits and gave her basically no plotlines until the later seasons, for reasons which I’m sure had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she was a black woman. Also, referring to Rashida Jones as “an ambiguous ethnic blend.” Like, aside from how gross that is to say at all, it took three seconds of wikipedia-ing to find her ethnic background. It’s literally just “half African half Ashkenazi.” It’s not super ambiguous. Would it really have been that hard to ask her?
Hate meme: ATLA? (Either in-universe or production-wise)
I hate what they did to Zuko’s mom so much. Between “Zuko Alone” and what Ozai tells us during the Day of the Black Sun, we gather this image of her as a wealthy woman, comfortable in her position as a princess, who was willing to literally kill the ruler of her country and her father in law in order to save her son, risking her own life and welfare in the process. She has clear faults, she laughs at the thought of burning Ba Sing Se to the ground and emotionally neglects Azula, but her redeeming trait is how much she loves and is willing to sacrifice for Zuko. The Search took away that one powerful redeeming trait by having her choose to forget her children. In exchange, they try to give her a bunch of smaller “positive” traits- she’s actually poor, she never wanted to marry Ozai, she doesn’t actually kill Azulon. And in the process they take away all the faults that make her a complex character, and remove her agency and growth. It’s such a shallow understanding of what makes a good character and it’s hard to see how this bungling wasn’t connected to ideas on how mothers should behave.
let’s talk about how amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender is for a second
Fantasy world not based on typical medieval Europe
Was a children’s show that openly discussed war, death and genocide
Had several handicapped characters, one of whom was the show’s most powerful person
Every single character was a person of color, drawn to represent Asian and Inuit peoples
Had a character story arc centered around both emotional and physical parental abuse, whose arc was about learning that they didn’t need the parent who abused them
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ART STYLE AND DIRECTION
Three dimensional writing that rivals even most adult dramas
Characters dealt with sexism in society
Showed citizens on both sides of the war, including showing how the people in the enemy nation were merely influenced by propaganda and an oppressive regime
Had romances that developed overtime and actually talked about the issues of forming a relationship instead of just “and now they’re in love.”
Characters died. On a children’s show. Characters who you fucking knew! Who had story arcs and were their friends and were kids like them!
When those characters died, they left an impact. It wasn’t ignored after a few episodes, the feelings they had for these characters stayed through the entire show
Had environmental messages that weren’t cheesy, and they made you take the destruction of the environment seriously
SUPERB world building, fleshing out many cultures and histories that always felt real
Had a magic system that never felt like magic. It always felt natural and like a solid part of this world with rules that couldn’t be broken
The cute animal sidekicks weren’t just there to sell toys. They were characters who had so much emotion to them and were vital parts of the show’s dynamic. Also, the animals never talked yet somehow still portrayed an insane emotional level that some Disney films only dream of
Spawned a sequel series that dealt not only with sexism, but with sexuality, religion, and the benefits and dangers from the rapid progression of technology
The point is, Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest shows of all time and the proof is right there