One of the bigger reasons was that it would give a great opportunity to unknown and known Asian actors and actresses to come into the homes of our country. There are very few opportunities for this within the Hollywood machine. In much the same way that many movies offer little opportunity to minority male and female characters. Avatar was a great casting call and career opportunity to all those struggling actors and actresses of Asian decent.
Another reason was giving a group of heroes to children that weren't just caucasian or minority sidekicks. Most movies that come out with Fantastic, Mystical or Super Hero elements for kids are all whitewashed and culture-less. Or the movies that are culturally specific will still replace the hero for a caucasian person(Forbidden Kingdom anyone!!).
Avatar was and is so rich, strong and beautiful a series that it was one of those things that could defy current racial trends and crossover to mass audiences without having to compromise the multiple ethnicities and amazing cultures of it's source materials.
Guess I was wrong.
I won't be seeing this movie in the theatres. Maybe once it gets to Netflix, if even then. Which sucks, because I love Aang and the gang!
But for me this movie is like taking the Color Purple and recasting it with all white people in the exact same setting and circumstances. How sad and ignorant. What a wasted opportunity.
The preview looks great, and from appearances sticks to the story!
As with most animation to movie, they come out pretty corny and rubbish, especially when it involves martial arts and mystic forces!
Hopefully they movie turns out to be one of the few that are great! I reckon Avatar is the best animated series to come out in a long time, I hope they keep what people love about the series...and I hope they don't make Ang too serious...he is rather playfull in the series...
I have a feeling it could be really terrible, but of course I'm basing my opinion on the trailers that I've seen so far, and the fact that M Night Shyamalan hasn't had a good movie since "The Sixth Sense" in my opinion. This is a different type of film for him though so perhaps he will deliver.
Also, maybe it's just me but the little kid they have playing Aang doesn't seem to have much charisma, and his martial arts looks lame, he looks like a little ballerina.
I can't pick any of them, but I need to know if any one agrees with me:
The idea of the movie is awesome because the animated series was fantastic and definitely one of my all time favorites... but Hollywood has a tendency to TRULY screw things up - specially when it comes to something that has something of a following like Avatar did/does.
I'm going to catch the flick, not expecting it to be good OR bad... I'm just hoping that when I walk out of the theater, I won't feel as tho' I wasted my time and money.
It doesn't take a lot to make a good movie adaptation - but it's WAY too easy for it to get fucked up.
One of the things that bugged me out is the choice of actors/actresses to depict the main characters... it just doesn't seem "right" and I'm not the only one that thinks so either.
I'm VERY excited to see it, I'm also EXTREMELY worried - not so much cause of M.N.'s "skills" but more so that I'm gonna walk out saying "Mako would roll over in his grave cause of this bullshit!"
R.I.P. Mako! (original voice actor for Uncle Iroh)
I'm not familiar with the animated series at all so I'm looking at it from a film enthusiast's point of view when I say it looks uninteresting. The trailer had a lot of beautiful special effects but the acting seems poor and the story bland.