Posts Tagged ‘Nickelodeon’

Zuckerman To Score Korra?

July 22, 2010

Fellow Avatar fan Matt Patches from UGO was able to shoot some questions Jeremy Zuckerman’s way during a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. When asked if he were open to returning to compose for “The Legend of Korra,” Zuckerman responded with a resounding “absolutely!” Jeremy Zuckerman along with Benjamin Wynn, comprised the band known as The Track Team, who were responsible for the iconic music & sound design in “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

I for one could not be more pleased to hear Zuckerman’s enthusiasm. Whereas the characters were the heart, The Track Team’s score was the soul of the original Avatar. An Avatar without their musical talents would be like Star Wars without John Williams.

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Mike & Bryan Interview & HD Korra Promo Art

July 21, 2010

The good people at Nick were kind enough to pass along a high definition version of “The Legend of Korra” promotional art. Click the image above to see it in all its glory.

In other Korra news, Speakeasy spoke with “Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko in an interview that sheds some light on a number of topics ranging from the highly anticipated new series, to their thoughts on Shyamalan’s adaptation, whom the mother of Aang’s son Tenzin is, and more! Read on Avatar faithful!

The Wall Street Journal: How did you come up with the idea for the spinoff?

Bryan Konietzko: When Mike and I first created “Avatar: The Last Airbender” we always knew it would have an ending to it, that particular story. But as the show really took off, and found an audience all over the world, we knew that despite our intentions of ending that story there would probably be a time when Nickelodeon would come calling and want some more episodes….When that time came we had this idea for jumping ahead and telling a story about the next Avatar, this girl Korra. (more…)

More Korra Details!

July 21, 2010

More news is pouring in on “The Legend of Korra!” This time the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy got some juicy story & character details from Nick, and also a slightly higher res version of the previously released promotional still!

Nickelodeon said in a release that “The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra.”

Korra’s quest eventually leads her to Republic City–the epicenter of the world of “Avatar.” A metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology, the city is inhabited by people from all nations. Korra finds that Republic City suffers from rampant crime and is also dealing with an anti-bender revolt. Korra is tutored by Aang’s son, Tenzin, is the ways of airbending.

Sounds like the world of Avatar will closer reflect the steampunkish early concept art from the original series as seen in the recently released “Avatar: The Last Airbender” artbook! It’s also interesting to note that Aang’s son, Tenzin, can presumably airbend, when Mike & Bryan previously stated that Aang would be the last of the airbenders.

REVIEW The Last Airbender

July 10, 2010

Lost in translation. What better phrase to sum up M. Night Shyamalan’s efforts to bring the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series to the silver screen? It has been three and a half years since Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced the hiring of  Oscar nominated director M. Night Shyamalan to produce the live action adaptation, much to the trepidation of Avatar fans worldwide. While Night’s early Hollywood career met with substantial box office success and critical acclaim, his two most recent films (and a third to be released in 2008) were received far less favorably. Many were beginning to justifiably doubt his directing talents, and still more wondered if he had the skills necessary to do justice to the Peabody award winning modern classic. We’ve been following this film since production finally began to ramp up in the fall of 2008; covering every news item, every photo snapped, every interview given, every trailer screened, and we were even lucky enough to have a chance to interview Night himself back in March earlier this year. The cast and crew said the right things, the costumes and sets looked fantastic, the special fx wowed us, and Night had a lot of enthusiasm for the show & seemed to get what made Avatar great. Aside from the much publicized casting issues, things seemed to have been progressing most auspiciously. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the film’s premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City on June 30th. Having given myself a few days deliberation, I believe I’m ready to submit a critique of the film that will hopefully keep gut-reaction hyperbole to a minimum. (more…)

High Definition TV Spot #7

June 28, 2010

Paramount sent us a HD version of TV Spot #7 today. This spot has so far been my favorite, mainly because of the great Appa roar at the end.

Airbender Television Spot #6 in HD

May 29, 2010

This new TV spot has been hitting the airwaves today on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. Thanks to UkeUkeable for the great HD footage.

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Prepare to Enter the Avatar State!

May 28, 2010

Aang in the Avatar StateThe powers that be are making sure that no fan misses a chance to catch up on, or re-watch, every minute of the Avatar the Last Airbender Saga. Multiple promotions are going on during the month of June , all intended to stir the Airbender fan base into a pack of mouth-foaming, over excited maniacs.

By far the most exciting event in June is Nicktoon’s month-long “Avatar State” event.

This multi-faceted event will feature marathons, online games, and new downloadable content.

The “Avatar State” will begin on Monday May 31st at 2 p.m. EST. The first marathon is a collection of Avatar “movies” which will air from 2 – 8 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

2:00 pm                 The Avatar Returns

3:00 pm                 Avatar: The Siege of the North

4:00 pm                 The Fury of Aang

5:00 pm                 The Secret of the Fire Nation

6:00 pm                 The Guru/The Crossroads of Destiny

7:00 pm                 Day of the Black Sun

8:00 pm                 The Boiling Rock

Throughout the week episodes from all three books will be aired, and the weekend will begin the first of four “Power Weekends”. Each weekend marathon will feature a different bending style, beginning with “The Path of Water”, then earth, fire , and finally “The Path of the Avatar”.

With each “Power Weekend” comes a new online quiz, which can be played here.(Only the path of water is unlocked as of now.) Also, be sure to collect the new downloads that will become available as the weeks progress via this link.

While details are still sketchy, either week two or three will be “Warrior Week”, which features a collection of episodes highlighting the many fighting styles and skills in the Avatar universe. During these two weeks, extras from Season’s 2 and 3 will be aired along with their respective premieres.

The most monumental marathon takes place in week four, with an impressive week-long, commercial free, airing of Season 1.

Now, for those that don’t have access to Nicktoons there is still hope. The popular movie rental company Netflix is offering all three seasons of Avatar The Last Airbender in both home delivered dvd format and streaming online! And for those without a Netflix account they are currently offering one month free trials, during which, all streaming content is available.

With so many opportunities in the month of June, getting psyched up for The Last Airbender should be a breeze for any Avatard.

Send Word to the Fire Lord

April 15, 2010

Avatar Returns?The Avatar has returned?

Cartoon SNAP has posted job openings for an Untitled Avatar Project.

More job announcements — Looks like things are heating up in animation production! Here’s the latest hiring news as cut-n-pasted from the Animation Guild job hotline: Nickelodeon Animation Studio is looking for several artists for its newest show, tentatively titled, Untitled Avatar the Last Airbender Project!

Jobs up for grabs include: Storyboard Artists, Storyboard Revisionists, Storyboard Supervisors, Prop Designer, and Character Designer. For information on submitting your resumé and portfolios check out Cartoon SNAP’s full job posting.

Los Angeles Times Interviews Noah Ringer

March 29, 2010

Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman talked with The Last Airbender’s own Noah Ringer at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards.

Nick.com has also posted some Airbender related videos, you can see those at the links below.

KCA 2010: Last Airbender & Ryan Shekler Interview

KCA 2010: Airbender’s Nicola Peltz Bends Slime

KCA 2010: Taylor Lautner & Dev Patel Interview

This videos are probably the worst quality imaginable. If we get higher res versions, we’ll post them.

Kids Choice Awards TV Spot

March 28, 2010

A brand new TV spot for The Last Airbender aired during Nickelodeon’s annual Kids Choice Awards.