MD: Toward the end of production on season two of Avatar The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon asked us to create some extra content that could be used online or on DVDs. We immeditately thought of doing shorts in a “super deformed” and chibi style, which is popular among anime fans. The style was simpler, the stories were sillier, and everyone involved had a really great time breaking away from the normal style of the show. Designs by Bryan Konietzko and Seung Hyun Oh. 



MD: Early on, Bryan and I had the idea that Zuko would travel with a mentor figure. For a while, we thought he was just Zuko’s sifu, a teacher with a gruff personality who trained Zuko in Firebending. It wasn’t until we wrote the premiere episode that we thought the story would be more interesting if Zuko’s sifu was actually his uncle, though his personality didn’t evolve much. It was Aaron Ehasz who brought a softer side to the writing of Uncle’s character. And later, when we cast Mako as Uncle’s voice, he added another layer of wisdom, compassion, and some unexpected humor that made Uncle one of the most beloved characters on the show. Key animation by Jung Hye Young. Concepts by Li Hong, Bryan Konietzko, and Aaron Alexovich.