Joie (hymnia) wrote,

Avatar Book 2 Bonus Disc – spoiler-free reaction post

Interview with the creators and M. Night Shyamalan

This features an interview between Bryke and Shyamalan, who will be writing and directing the upcoming live action films. Most of it's pretty straightforward. A few things that caught my attention:

Shyamalan says he doesn't look forward to spending months filming in a climate resembling the poles.

He says his favorite character is Zuko. Not a very surprising choice, as I think Zuko is a common favorite—possibly the most common favorite—among fans. Still, I registered my approval. :)

He says the cast will likely be made up of unknowns—children and teens who are currently just ordinary kids going to school somewhere.

The Essence of Bending with Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu

This is similar to the earlier featurettes that relate different types of bending to different martial arts. There's also a section where Bryan explains how they go from a scripted action to Kisu's initial demonstration, to the animators first attempts, back to Kisu to film it from different angles, and eventually to the final animation. Also, Ba Gua is related to I Ching. (But then, isn't everything?)

Avatar Super Deformed Shorts

This is a set of three shorts featuring cute chibi Avatar characters in some amusing meta scenes.

Bending Battle: Aang, Katara, Toph and Zuko argue over which element is the best (with much beating up on Sokka to demonstrate). Ultimately, they engage in a competition with Appa and Momo judging. At the end, Iroh sagely announces the results.

Swamp Skiin' Throwdown: Due and Thew (sp?) take Sokka swamp-skiing, with disastrous results.

School Time Shipping: Um, you know what? Just google it. I know it's online somewhere, and you just gotta see it for yourself. And yes, the "shipping" in the title is that kind of "shipping". (Oh yeah, and Ty Lee/Haru 4eva!11!!)

Escape from the Spirit World: Animated Graphic Novel

This takes place between seasons 1 and 2. After his injury, Aang finds himself in the spirit world, where Princess Yue explains to him that his Avatar spirit has been injured and that he must find his four most recent incarnations to prevent his injury from ending the Avatar cycle permanently. This is available online as a game at the Nickelodeon website. To help Aang find each past Avatar—and not be caught be the face-stealing Koh—the player has to answer trivia questions. Anyway, this disc contains each of the semi-animated story scenes from the game: the prologue, and one scene with each Avatar. Since this is available online, I won't summarize more than that; I suggest watching it for yourself.

Tags: avatar, avatar re-watch

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