Animation : Avatar: The Last Airbender by Karen E Ross

Karen E Ross

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Hey, Stage32 Animators!

I saw that Avatar: The Last Airbender is #1 on Netflix's most-watched list today, and it made me wonder - what makes it so good?

I have my own opinions of course, but I'd like to hear from the professionals!

Bob Harper

The target demo enjoys the continuous storyline format and the diversity of characters and the arcs they all have. It is epic yet relatable to that demo and has a classic Star Wars vibe. It doesn't;t hurt that it is well designed and animated.

Simon Turnbull

Yeah, good summary Bob.

Karen E Ross

Pb Barr I challenge you to watch the first three episodes. If you don't feel compelled to watch after that, then I will understand. Admittedly, I thought it was entirely childish after the first episode, but after the third I found myself getting weepy (NO SPOILERS) and was wondering how the hell they did that! I know now, as I watch it every year. Actually, every year in June, for the Summer Solstice! HA! #soon

Bob Harper Simon Turnbull I totally agree. Although, who are you including in that demographic, because my cousin, who is older than I, introduced that to me only in the last 6 years. LOL!

Here's the shortlist for why in my opinion it's worth the watch: 4 quadrant watching, great character arcs for all characters, great storyline parallels, fantastic themes and worldly perspectives are interwoven throughout, it addresses adult topics at an elementary level (including war and genocide), and for those who are particularly attracted to powerful female characters - Kitara, Toph, and Sukki, and as a caustic yarn, Azula.

Bob Harper

Hey Karen - the target demographic of the show was tweens who were into anime and adventure. I had a couple of friends who worked on it. The creators and the crew went to great lengths to find the heart of the show, and give those characters depth and appeal. Although the target demo was what it was, they strived for and succeeded in making it appealing to a wider audience,. The core fans made it a hit because they shared it with those who would not normally watch these kinds of shows.

Karen E Ross

Bob Harper I love everything about your response. LOL! You're spot on - I can totally see "tweens" being that target demographic, and because the characters were themselves "tween" and early teen, you really have to make sure younger audiences could watch it. Once they snagged both the attention of an 8-year-old and an 18-year-old audience, they were well on your way to a universal appeal.

Also, are your friends on Stage32?! Tell them to get over here! We just had a discussion about the state of the industry in animation. Did you attend by chance?

Bob Harper

Thanks, Karen. My pals are not on Stage 32 - they are well set on their career. I did not listen in on the discussion, I'm on a more alternative track than where the biz is and is going. I am connecting to those who have their finger on the pulse of the industry and we are developing content for them as well. Considering the panelists, I'm sure it was a very informative and valuable discussion!

Sandeep Sharma

Bob Harper and Karen E Ross that series is one of my all time favorite shows ever! I loved the depth and messages it conveyed and I introduced it to my nephews. I purchased the series and still to this day I watch it 2x a year.

That show is the gift that keeps on giving .

Sandeep Sharma

Karen E Ross when Ran and Shaw come out of the mountains and do their dance - WOW!!!!

Took my breath away.

Anne Devina Reeve

The medium is the message

Karen E Ross

Sandeep Sharma - Found this video below and it just made my day. How does Tuesday work for a Zoom call? Should we pick top three episodes maybe? Is that even possible? LOL!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ABFBgIjdY

Sandeep Sharma

Karen E Ross Let's do it!

Sandeep Sharma

Karen E Ross Also, wanted to chat with you about a collaboration involving sound/sound design project for the S32 community. Been pondering it for a few weeks based on when I was teaching and when I came across this video during my advertising days. I can explain more when we chat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEx7c-bgzKQ

Sandeep Sharma

Karen E Ross for the full narrative of the previous link by Sound of Noise. Hope it inspires you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVPVbc8LgP4

Looking forward to Tuesday!

Karen E Ross

Sandeep Sharma Have you met Grace Yee? She's also a big fan! We should start a Stage32 ATLA club! LOL! https://www.stage32.com/profile/772056/about

Sandeep Sharma

Karen E Ross I have not yet had the privilege of meeting Grace. I will introduce myself shortly. I think S32 ATLA club would be fantastic!!

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