Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love ATLA (until I finish rewatching the series)
#25: Finding out the origin of the chucka-chucka ending theme of ATLA in “The Firebending Masters.”
I love the entire sequence in which Zuko and Aang meet the firebending masters Ran and Shaw.
The images are beautiful:
The dragon dance – particularly the way that Aang and Zuko’s movements mirror those of the dragons – is beautiful, and reveals how firebenders learned to bend from the dragons:
(It’s an image that The Legend of Korra later recalls in “Beginnings” with Wan learning from the dragons how to bend instead of merely toss fire.)
And best of all, we finally learn the origins of ATLA’s catchy chucka-chucka theme that plays at the end of every episode! It’s almost like a subtle hint that the entire series has always been driving toward Zuko and Aang becoming friends and learning the true meaning of firebending together:
Sokka: Yeah, that’s a great dance you two learned there. Zuko: It’s not a dance, its a firebending form. Sokka: We’ll just tap dance our way to victory over the fire lord. Zuko: It’s a sacred form that happens to be thousands of years old! Katara:*mockingly* Oh yeah? Well, what’s your little form called? Zuko: *hesitates* …The Dancing Dragon.
I’ve just been madly working on my first huge painting in six months whilst juggling my new job. :’D Anyway, even though I know it will never happen, I’ve always loved the idea of Iroh II paying a visit to the Sun Warriors and undergoing the judgement of the dragons. In my headcanon, it’s probably something Grandpa Zuko told him stories about all throughout his childhood, and at some point much later in his life, he finally decides he’s ready to undergo the same experience. Perhaps he waited for quite some time, unsure if he would be worthy as his grandfather once was…
In hindsight, the pose I chose for Iroh isn’t the most indicative of the Dancing Dragon, but it was the easiest to translate into a well-constructed image… :’D
Anyway, I have other paintings in the works, my lovelies! Not sure I can keep painting non-stop on the weekends, though… this one took me at least two entire days!
“Your men call Val a princess, but to the free folk she is only the sister of their king’s dead wife. If you force her to marry a man she does not want, she is like to slit his throat on their wedding night.” … They are all convinced she is a princess. Val looked the part and rode as if she had been born on horseback. A warrior princess, he decided, not some willowy creature who sits up in a tower, brushing her hair and waiting for some knight to rescue her. (A Dance with Dragons)
You think I disapprove. Why? Because people disapprove of that sort of thing where you are from? They disapproved of Oberyn and me where you are from. Here, no one blinked an eye. A hundred years ago, no one would have blinked an eye at you if you had been named Targaryen. It’s always changing, who we’re supposed to love and who we’re not.The only thing that stays the same is that we want who we want.
“I am the blood of the dragon” she told the grass aloud. Once, the grass whispered back, until you chained your dragons in the dark. “Drogon killed a little girl. Her name was… her name…” Dany could not recall the child’s name. That made her so sad that she would have cried if all her tears had not been burnt away. “I will never have a little girl. I was the Mother of Dragons”. Aye, the grass said, but you turned against your children.