The Last Airbender Question Every Fan Wants to Know: Why Ahng Instead of Aaang?

If the reader reactions to our “Last Airbender” review are any indication, there are a lot of very unhappy “Airbender” fans right now. People who have seen the TV show, real fans if you will, who are not very happy with M. Night Shyamalan’s take on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon. Besides the movie’s general lack of awesome, there was also something very noticeably wrong with the film: the movie has, for some reason, changed the pronunciation of the lead character’s name. “Aang” (pronounced pretty much the way it looks, with strong accents on the “a” and “n”, and rhymes with “bang”) had somehow become … “Ahng”, with emphasis on the “Ah”, and rhymes with “hung”.

According to Shyamalan, he did this on purpose. The director tells IndiesMoviesOnline:

And I fought like crazy to have the pronunciation of the names to go back to the Asian pronunciation. So you say “Ahng” instead of “Aaang” because it’s correct. It’s not “I-rack,” it’s “ee-Rock.” I’m literally fighting for all this.

So yes, the actors didn’t start pronouncing Aang’s name “Ahng” because they wanted to, they were directed to do so by M. Night. It seems odd that Shyamalan would go to such great efforts to, from what he’s saying above, change up the pronunciation because he thinks this is how it should be pronounced rather than how the show did it. Ego much?

In any case, here’s what some fans thought of the movie (hint: they think it sucks donkey balls). Ironically, the only fan who liked the movie was the one who wasn’t a fan of the cartoon. A “Twi-hard”, in fact. Go figure.

So I hunted around YouTube, and here’s a scene from the original cartoon that has a pronunciation of Aang’s name. At the 25-second mark Katara mentions Aang’s name, and yup, she pronounces it “Aaang” instead of “Ahng”.



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  • Teamcannon6

    Wow, I have never heard so much crying. On the last post people's reasons for not liking the movie is that it didn't contain EVERYTHING that was in the TV show. People wanted a 20 hour movie full of sidequest and no editing whatsoever! I hate to let some of these people know but they went to see a movie based on a show, NOT THE SHOW.
    Also, I dont think its ego to have the names pronounced as they would be Asian wise. Every other complaint is about how things are ethnically right from tv to movie-wise. He makes a conscious decision to try what people are crying about and still gets beat over the brow with it. There is no pleasing you people. Go watch James Cameron's 500 million dollar piece of crap remake of Pocohantes/Fern Gully. Everyone seems happy throwing away their money to see that over rated crap.

    • Notsoslimshadii

      You suck. He took out the humor the personality and everything that made the show amazing. And if this Ass fuck M.Night shithead watched the fucking show he would of know how to pronounce the fucking names. And he could of at least made an attempt at making a great series into a movie. But you would’nt understand because u have the brain and penis of a small rodent

    • leonardthecow

      THIS MOVIE HAD ZERO DEPTH. What made the show great was that it developed the characters and was engaging in the sense that the story linked the characters with the plot through emotion and side stories. Sure, some of that has to be eliminated in a movie adaptation, but that was honestly the worst movie I have ever seen. Dialogue was horrendous. The movie was not nearly good enough to carry itself based on profundity like it tried to do. Shymalamadingdong took the entire thing too seriously, and failed to incorporate many of the elements that gave the show charm: Sokka as a comedic tool, the characters of Appa and Momo, the sense of fear and mystery associated with the firelord (who was horrendously cast), and the rage and conviction of Zuko. The entire thing was a depthless montage that contained poor action sequences, no real plot or character development, and as a result failed to engage the audience in any way, shape, or form. M. Night Shymalan should go and change his own name to something that reflects the sheer lack of talent and intelligence that could have turned a fantastic series into a movie that at least shared some of the aspects that made the movie successful. I’m disgusted.

    • Maloew

      I agree with everything you are saying. People aren’t giving Shyamalan enough credit; it’s not easy to make a movie, especially an adaptation of a show. Teamcannon6, if anyone is being a jerk, it is the people that are calling you a jerk for having an opinion about other people’s opinions.

    • MClay

      Your a douche. The movie was such a piece of sh*t, I couldn’t stomach 1 minute past 22 minutes into it. At least “Avatar” was visually striking. Get off M. Shamalamamamama’s nubbins. Being the only one who likes this movie isn’t going to get you cast in his next atrocity. For the one’s who played characters in this movie, I am truly sorry, he may have just killed all your career’s. This is the reason a, if you hate it so bad you walk out – you should get your money back policy. Teamcannon6, I hope your walking down the street one day and a sinkhole opens up under your feet.

      • jjj

        dude the actors sucked from what i heard and never had a career to begin with what pissed me off the msot was the actors not fitting the characters im sure if they had that then the movie would seem much better.

      • jjj

        dude the actors sucked from what i heard and never had a career to begin with what pissed me off the msot was the actors not fitting the characters im sure if they had that then the movie would seem much better.

    • Kidd

      why insist on the asian pronuciation? none of the actors are asian.

    • Zatwinn_23

      Dude, first off if your going to make a movie based ON the series, you should still say the names the same way, or it just seems like you didn’t even watch the series, and just took the script and pronounced how you wanted to. This movie was an UTTER failure. Of all the movies I’ve ever seen, this was the worst. This movie was so bad, it could have been called a spoof or parody of the series. You could NOT capture the personalities of any of these characters. And why are you making fun of Avatar? That movie was amazing! you can’t call it a remake, if THEY GO TO A DIFFERENT PLANET WITH BLUE ALIENS ON IT THAT ARE 12 FEET TALL!! Pocohantes didn’t have flying ships or anything like that, or spirit trees that you can listen to. If you like this movie better than Avatar, you have no taste in good movies. Abd only some one that’s not a fan of the series could have the audacity to say that they like this movie!

      • Domvig

        Pochahontas did have spirit trees you can listen to… just sayin.

      • ???

        I’d say that Avatar was just like FernGully, if anything..

    • Asim_blessed

      dude yes it expected that you can not fully replicate the full serise into a 2 hour movie but its not expected that u take away all the aspects that make it what it is the actors were horribly cast..(a tall skinny iro?) and the movie just sucked ….i llitterallly could not sit and watch the entire film.. it was a lacluster with no depth… it seemed like just pices of sceans from the series put together in any non caring way…i am disapointed

    • Bp_phelps

      OK really thats stupid. This guy should not make movies anymore. He just pretty much sucks at all of them. If this movie was totally from the “Asian” region they wouldnt speak english and the damn cartoon wouldnt be showed in America so to switch the main characters name is just not cool. Then to not have certain people in the movie kind of messes up the whole them. How do you not have the Kioshi Warriors in it? Um HELLO SAKKA falls in love with one them so how do you not have them. The movie is stupidly retarted!

      • http://www.vhortex.com Vhortex Morpheus

        exactly a nice point, at least if they skip the kioshi..skip the whole island and just tell a story about it. if i was watching this the sequel, i will be hitting my head on my chair figuring out who those painted ladies was when they do the critical part of sending appa back and helping Aang go back to the air temple.

        And most of us asian pronounced that either as Aang or Ahng mostly taking over the same pronunciation as it was used in Nick TV.. what i hate about it was I am hearing Oong instead.

        Name is a small part of the movie but flow and chronology. i will surely hate to watch lord of the rings where smeagol bites frodos finger first before frodo knows what the ring he was carrying was.. this scenario happen in the last airbender.

        the movie was focused on the 3D effects and not the trailers.. not so much effort left to make the actual movie.

    • http://www.vhortex.com Vhortex Morpheus

      he reorganized 60% of the movie adaptation moving things out of where they should be.

      the first 3 mins, i was wondering who the heck that guy on the ship. the story can be better if the prince will start talking about the avatar and how he wants it to be captured. no flash back needed.. no more detail.. he can just say this lines.. “i need to find the avatar and bring back my honor”, Aang appeared and rescued by the two siblings. Prince “attack” the town and aang will call the prince from behind and he was captured.. siblings decide to rescue the avatar..

      skip the grandma, shes not needed on the story and was not the person who realize about the avatar first. travel to the airtemple and see the avatar statues, momo came and aang found the skeletons inside the old fire nation camp in the air temple grounds..

      the movie is flat, boring and things are in wrong chronological order. the those girl warriors dont need to appear but the whole island must be skip and told by a story, they are critical on book 2 and not on book 1 but the audience must be made aware about them. never heard even mentioning them in anyway. and whats the idea of a group of guys bending a single small rock. the island with those kioshi warriors never had an earth bender.

      I am Asian, the pronunciation should be “Aang” = `bang` or “Ahng”.. but i am hearing Oong.. who was Oong and sometimes wrong pronunciations?

      director introduced story telling as an insertion for missing parts but why did he failed 90% of it? like why did the prince got warped inside his nemesis battle ship then warped outside somewhere else. i see a lot of warping with no idea what was going on.

      the 3D effect was good but like all movie who have a good animator and a bad director or bad judgment.. people will hate it.

    • summermusic

      I’m pretty sure the people who went to see the movie weren’t expecting to see the show. what they were expecting was at least a decent adapatation of the movie. and they didn’t get it. what they got instead was a crappy, cut-up movie in which a narration explained everything. correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure a movie is supposed to SHOW, not tell.

      every director is entitled to artistic liberty when they’re remaking something. but they also have to respect the very core elements. no mean to be rude, but I think that M. Night Shyamalan could have respected it a little more and at least let his actors pronounce the names the way they are on the show.

    • Ghostlover_101

      Hey, I love avatar and I know that there’s a lot to be put in to the movie. I mean yea i know that the actual series is way too long to put into one movie but they could of broken the first book into maybe two movies or put more into it. Because they pretty much skipped through the whole book and put half of the movie into the end of the series. And if the director could of actually put more effort into the movie it would of been better.

    • Slymi Nudsach

      I think Teamcannon6 is M. Night Shyamalan in disguise.

    • So_Irratated

      If he did the name change because he wanted them to be “Asian wise” then he should of made the actors Asian as well, the whole fire nation is Asian… He is contradicting himself. His movie was crap not because of the actors or pronounciation (even though it was annoying) it was just horrible. He did not even make the scenes right, like when the earth benders were not allowed to earth bend the scene was at a whole different place and Katara was the one who asked them to earth bend. When he goes to the air temple he doesnt get kid napped there. All the main scenes were altered and didnt make sense “Katara” was basically narrating the whole movie without scenes. Honestly if you think this movie was great you must be a complete idiot. the acting wasnt even good and the charactes werent protayed how they are. (personality wise) the movie was 1hr and 30 mins. He could of made it 3hrs like most Harry Potter and Twilight movies.. especially if he was planning on doing the next two movies of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    • Puroking

      you stupid asshole that movie avatar the last airbender sucked mega balls, the director or whoever is in charge of making the film should think about another career cause they sucked making this movie, and his name should have stayed as aaang not ahng like that dumb ass changed it to…

    • Puroking

      you stupid asshole that movie avatar the last airbender sucked mega balls, the director or whoever is in charge of making the film should think about another career cause they sucked making this movie, and his name should have stayed as aaang not ahng like that dumb ass changed it to…

    • Jay

      I’ll start this with the name pronunciation arguement. Sorry to disappoint you, but the movie takes place in a place that is OBVIOUSLY not Asia. I mean look at the flying bison. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. Imagine if in the A team movie Mr. T became Mr. Teh for no reason at all. Fans would have gotten just as mad. The pronunciation of the name is FAR from the worst thing that…destroyed….nah…altered the Avatar experience. The storyline moves along well enough, but the action sequences ranged from average to poor. I mean what was with the 15 movements to summon a bending? A normal person would have walked up to Aang and kicked him in the face during all that dancing. Then there was the logic of some of the changes from M Knight. Why were the Earth benders sitting in a jail floored with EARTH? I mean Lord… that’s like wall papering a prison cell with dynamite and chainsaws. Finally, the entertaining dialoguge and the humor seemed to be stripped away. Darker is not always better. If your inspiration is a comedic adventure, don’t kill the comedy. Aang became a cold avenger throughout a lot of the movie, not a kid doing what he must. He was too much of a grownup.

    • Sarcastic_Sally

      You are so right about the pronouncing Ahng’s name in the proper Asian way. That was very ethnically sensitive of him. Just like it was when he used Asian actors for Asian characters.

  • Fuck M. Night

    m. night can go fuck himself he cant make a good movie to save his life he has to be the shittest director to ever become one. He cant even say aang if i see him i will decapitate him then put his head on a stick and feed his body to the sharks. m night go fuck yourself you ego maniac bastard i hope you die

  • Simian333

    dont mean to sound rude but i believe that a lot of peoples arguments are justified, m. night wanted to go to bout the asian way of saying Aang but could not find asian actors to fill the roles…. which just seems illogical. by removing the comical aspects kinds of take away what made the series though i know some of the comedy aspects would hav been hard to pull of in live action.

    and people did not want to see the complete tv show condensed into the film but wanted it to be faithful enough and judging by the comments again i feel that what has been changed backs there judgement.

    by no means do i think m. night set out to make a bad film but i do sense that it is a lazy effort.

    • Rbwno1

      Exactly. You hit the nail on the head. I am a fan of the series and did not like the fact that the main actors were not asian (Actor playing Aang was fine but the other two just didn’t fit). The acting was poor and seemed forced. There lines didn’t flow and seemed awkward coming out of the actors mouths. The actors should have spent some time with the voice actors of the series to get the feel of the characters. I still thought it was an ok movie and hope that the poor reviews at the box office do not lead to no more sequels but to better acting next time around and maybe someone like Peter Jackson who is better at these kind of stories. Shymylan is more of a few characters type focused on a small community staying in one place. Avatar should be epic with travels around the world, meeting different cultures, with great scenery and magic. Special effects were pretty good in the movie but fight scenes (without bending) were just ok. No epic battles that felt epic. I still give the movie a B.

      • QQ

        I’m Asian, but i don’t think the actors should be Asian.
        it has Asian influences, yes, but it’s not even made by Asians, it’s an American Cartoon! =P
        The people who created it weren’t even Asian!
        Do you think if you saw Hetalia: Axis Powers (An Anime with different countries) made in japan, they would actually use American, Russian, noway, etc.. actors? likely not. you want to see a movie with Asians got to Asia.
        Besides i didn’t see many complaints that they had a Chinese girl playing a Japanese geisha in memoirs of a geisha, so take it for what it is.
        wheather it’s good or bad, that’s what it is, don’t make it about race.
        (Also, it’s a different world, with other “Nations”, all of them would not be Asian anyways.) :P

        • Centebyte

          Excuse me look at Lord of the rings a success because they stuck a great deal from the books. They embraced what the author was saying. I am wandering if you, are some paid studio person drumming up a false account.

          • QQ

            no, just because i don’t agree with you, does not mean I’m a paid studio person. only a close minded person would think that.
            first off, in no way did the cartoon say what “Race” they were, and for all of those people complaining about no Asians, did you not see the earth tribe?
            They are nations, All the nations can’t be Asian, because that’s unrealistic.
            also, the lord of the ring was three or more hours long, Thats why they fit so much.
            your not thinking of budget, or the complaints of how long the movie would be.
            even being such an epic movie, I had heard so many complaints about l.o.t.r. length.
            are you telling me that if avatar t.l.a.b. was three hours chalked full of side quests you wouldn’t be complaining?
            making a movie is harder than you think, when it’s not your original idea, because you have to introduce characters, the world they are in, personalities, etc. within an impossible time frame. That About 20 HOURS!
            Although it could have been a little longer and included a bit more, I believe it was Great for what it was.
            YOU CAN’T COMPARE IT WITH THE CARTOON, IT WILL NEVER MATCH UP!
            Watch it like a normal movie, take the cartoon out of the equation, and it’s a really good movie.
            I usually dislike M.S movies, but I have to say this is the First movie i am absolutely crazy about.
            I’m a BIG fan of avatar, but As something completely separate it was a good movie!
            You people nit pick too much, and you take the fun out of the movie before you even give it a chance! so Grow up!
            when the second one comes out, it will likely have more of what everyone loves, like more bending, and show more of their personalities.
            I for one CAN’T WAIT for the second one, and hope that it turns out even better! =D

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            Go on Double Q. You tell em. Oh and LOTR took like 5 years for Jackson to make people, and thats just the filming. Not even talking about pre-production and stuff. M. Night had bout 3 years and 20 hrs of stuff to work with. I’m sure all the haters would make SOOOOO much better movies. But I digress, back to the stoning of Last Airbender.

        • Blair

          oh youre asian? well i guess that makes you an expert [/sarcasm]
          i’d be pretty pissed if they made Hetalia with all asian actors. thats just stupid.

          having a Caucasian playing an Eskimo is a little different then a Chinese woman playing a Japanese one..thats like an American playing a Canadian.

          you have got to be a troll. no one can be this dumb.

          • QQ

            no, it doesn’t make me an expert, but i suppose you are, right?
            I mentioned that i was Asian because if i don’t people say i must be racist, because they are all close minded fools, like yourself.
            Well I’m sorry to say, but that’s the case.
            live action movies from japan, will often have Japanese people in it, even if it “supposed” to be of a certain race.
            You know, just because it says Asian, Doesn’t mean they are the same. You can’t possibly say it’s basically the same, because they are two different things, so I’m sorry, but it seems you are just that dumb….

        • Guest011

          @QQ <—– I am sad to hear that a fellow asian thinks that the cast for this movie should not be asian. What is worst is that you are claiming to be asian. If you are asian, you will be pissed like every other asian who voiced their voice to ban this crappy movie. You are pathic!

          Hollywood had been discriminating minorities for decades. Not just asian but as well as hispanics, african americans, and etc…. A good example is KUNG FU.(Hey maybe that show is too fxxken old for you to know.) how about Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. If you don't know, google it.

          This movie is CRAP becuase, the fans believe that Night's adaptations from the animation to the movie is way off the path to even promote the animation that the original writers accomplished. If you want the list of the things that didn't do well in this movie, then look at my earlier posts.

          Night pratically ruined a good animation… ' an American Animation' that kids and adults like/love/knows all over the world. This movie had high hopes of becoming an epic movie for this summer but FAILED. The proof is in the movie. As worst as the 2-D verison, the 3-D verison made this movie look even worst. My question is WTF were you thinking? Knowing that this movie was captuer on a regular camera, not on a 3-D camera, WTF were you thinking?

          This comment is for your 2nd post where you mentioned " Watch it like a normal movie, take the cartoon out of the equation, and it's a really good movie. "

          How about this, your wife or girlfiend is going to have a baby. What you didn't know is that she was cheating with someone else and she didn't know if the baby was yours or the other guy she was cheating you with. You went through all the baby classes and did everything a man should do. When your wife/girlfriend goes into labor and you saw something else pops out. You tell me WTF are you going to say or do?

          Night cheated the all the fans. He went bollywood with the movie and not enough emphasis on the details or he took out the crucial details that made the show. Now on July 2, 2010, the movie pops out in theatres and OMFG, this movie SUCKED.

          Well you enjoyed this crappy movie.

          FYI: these comments are solely for this QQ person. If i offended anyone.. mah bad, I tend to get off track on dumb asian people who think discrimination is okay in hollywood.

          • QQ

            first, I’m a girl, and yes, I’m too young to know of that…
            seconed, just because i’m asian dosen’t man i have to agree with you.
            being the same race doesn’t mean i have to have the same opinion as you, and that doesn’t mean ALL Asians agree with you either.
            i, in no way condone discrimination, but it doesn’t’ ever say what “Race” they are.
            I don’t think it’s right to discriminate, but everyone has a different vision and opinion of what should happen for everything, so not everyone will be happy with any one thing.
            It amazes me that the subject is always turned to race.
            they are “Nations” So why should they all be Asian? the director isn’t even white! (FYI: Earth tribe was Asian)
            Yes, as unfair as it is, discrimination exists, and it all ways will, but your doing the same by saying it should be this or that.
            why isn’t it discrimination when Asia,Mexico,Africa,etc, have mainly Asians,Mexicans,Africans,etc in the movies?
            It’s so sad that there are so many people who judge by race.
            I may live in an unrealistic idea, but i don’t think like that.
            If your going to nitpick, don’t just do it because there are other races where YOU think Asians should be.
            like i mentioned before even Asian is too general of a term, because we are not all the same, Japanese,Chinese,Koreans,etc.. have many differences, so why no complaints about ziyi zhang, who is Chinese, playing a Japanese geisha?
            Before you talk about discrimination, you should think about what you said, because your being the same way.
            I respect yours, and everyone else’s opinion, but i too am entitled to mine, and you should respect what i have to say as well.

          • Nadie

            maybe she doesn’t feel Asians should be represented in this film and that’s cool if that’s what you believe but my I make this statement by saying I don’t believe caucasians should be in this film, also by watching the series all I got from it was an eastern sense and style, yes the creators are white and American at that but they took a lot of the concepts and philosophies from the east and made it a little more their own but in no way when I watch this show do I picture Anglo’s or any other race other than those from the east being apart of it. this is truly my opinion and I don’t mean to sound racist or offend anyone if it may sound like it but that’s just simply what I get from this show, plus they were inspired by another amazing anime movie maker named Hayao Miyazaki.

          • Nadie

            maybe she doesn’t feel Asians should be represented in this film and that’s cool if that’s what you believe but my I make this statement by saying I don’t believe caucasians should be in this film, also by watching the series all I got from it was an eastern sense and style, yes the creators are white and American at that but they took a lot of the concepts and philosophies from the east and made it a little more their own but in no way when I watch this show do I picture Anglo’s or any other race other than those from the east being apart of it. this is truly my opinion and I don’t mean to sound racist or offend anyone if it may sound like it but that’s just simply what I get from this show, plus they were inspired by another amazing anime movie maker named Hayao Miyazaki.

          • Nadie

            maybe she doesn’t feel Asians should be represented in this film and that’s cool if that’s what you believe but my I make this statement by saying I don’t believe caucasians should be in this film, also by watching the series all I got from it was an eastern sense and style, yes the creators are white and American at that but they took a lot of the concepts and philosophies from the east and made it a little more their own but in no way when I watch this show do I picture Anglo’s or any other race other than those from the east being apart of it. this is truly my opinion and I don’t mean to sound racist or offend anyone if it may sound like it but that’s just simply what I get from this show, plus they were inspired by another amazing anime movie maker named Hayao Miyazaki.

        • thtmoviesucked

          actually, it was created by an asian person dumbass. look at the credits on the cartoon

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            Actually the show was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Kanietzko. It was based on their love of Asian cutlure and fantasy stories and how they wanted to create their own Asian influenced fantasy show. The animation studio was Korean so there were Asian names in the credits, but the idea came from two Americans. Sorry.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            Actually the show was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Kanietzko. It was based on their love of Asian cutlure and fantasy stories and how they wanted to create their own Asian influenced fantasy show. The animation studio was Korean so there were Asian names in the credits, but the idea came from two Americans. Sorry.

          • QQ

            The series was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko… Do your research before you postl… XP

          • QQ

            The series was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko… Do your research before you postl… XP

          • Jay

            yes, the movie sucked, and yes it was created by an asian, but the voice that made the show great was…American. A big problem that we’re not looking at here is supply and demand. Let’s say that M. Knight was looking for everyone to look just right for this film, would he have found them in the time he had, with the money he had? Probably not. How many epic Eskimo actors do you know? How many Epic Asian actors do you know that can speak in the voice of the American Avatar show that are the right age, and that would take the money that was offered to them? This kind of problem came up in Xmen. A lot of people (myself included) were mad about Halle Berry being storm. They wanted a taller woman like Angela Basset. Well guess what, Angela Basset didn’t want to be in the movie, soooo we got Halle Berry rather than a possibly much worse actress.
            I feel for for M. Knight, but I blame him for ignoring attempts to stay as true to the Avatar show as he could. Still, let’s not go on a witch hunt.

        • thtmoviesucked

          actually, it was created by an asian person dumbass. look at the credits on the cartoon

        • Jay

          Just wanted to say that I loved your comment. I had a friend that was mad about the races of the water tribes people changing, but I really think that its the acting, story, and in this the action that kinda broke this one for me. I’m not saying that its the worst thing in the world or even close to it, but there could have been many other directions to take this one.

          • QQ

            What you said is true, it’s more than what race they are, plus you made some good points as well.
            Thank you for your comment! =D
            (The creators are actually Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) :)

        • Izzy

          Ok, you couldn’t be more wrong. This whole show was animated in Kora with a huge team. Its not done by a small little team, its a huge team and I’m sure with plenty of animators that were Asian. If you ever walked into Sheridan college one of the best school for animation most of the students are Asian. So, yes there were Asians that took part in animating the show. Therefore you can’t really blame it all on American cartoon company. Animators brain storm and come up with ideas and characters design.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            Animatin studio is Asian yes, but the creators of the show were American. Also the designs were done here and finalized there as is with most animation these days. Thats like saying “The Boondocks” is an Asian show because it’s animated there.

          • QQ

            i never said that there were no Asians in the making of the cartoon, you took what i said and turned it in to something else.
            The fact is that the “Creators” are American. The creators are, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko

        • Crydda

          It’s kinda funny for you to say that.
          Doing research, Ninja Assassin is considered an American film directed by an Australian with Asian influences, yet they chose Asian actors…

          Also, about it not being made by Asians; the series was being worked on in Korea to get the animation and designs. In the credits, you’ll see names of Koreans who have played a part in making the series… So technically, Asians did help create Avatar: The Last Airbender.

          • QQ

            Please Read what i had wrote BEFORE you reply.
            I never said Asians had no part in the creation, but the “creators” are American.
            Take Disney land for example. there are so many people who worked to make it real, but the “Creator”/Father” of Disney is Walt Disney, or am i mistaken?
            People all have different opinions, and MS made that decision, no matter how many complain, that’s what it is.
            yes, it will never compare to the cartoon, but no matter What you compare, one will Always be better than the other.
            Look at L:Change the world… =P
            if they made a live action Hetalia movie in japan, do you think they would have an American,dutch,German,Russian, etc… in the movie? likely not. It would likely be Asian actors playing the parts.

      • Shivabuddy

        You are all idiots – look at the characters in the animated show – MANY of them are not Asian in appearance INCLUDING Aang. Great movie no question.

        • Brieadior

          If you thought the movie was great YOURE THE IDIOT. Ive watched the entire cartoon series multiple times. the movie SUCKED. Ive never seen such a bad movie in my entire life!!!

          • QQ

            So childish, calling someone an idiot because they liked something you didn’t.
            GROW UP!

        • QQ

          Please don’t call anyone an idiot for their opinion, thank you.

        • Blair

          lol you know nothing of animation. just go away shiva

          • QQ

            Oh, i suppose that your an expert? Get over yourself…

        • joejoe

          true i did not gte th eimpression during the series that they were asian and i have seen every episode sakka has blue eyes… and a lot of them do not look asian at all. Its not racist at all that he didnt use asian people in his movie in fact i would be offended if he did considering it is an american based cartoon. havent seen the movie yet but loved the cartoon i just really wont excpect much ill enjoy the movie for what it is dont be so critical.

        • joejoe

          true i did not gte th eimpression during the series that they were asian and i have seen every episode sakka has blue eyes… and a lot of them do not look asian at all. Its not racist at all that he didnt use asian people in his movie in fact i would be offended if he did considering it is an american based cartoon. havent seen the movie yet but loved the cartoon i just really wont excpect much ill enjoy the movie for what it is dont be so critical.

  • Extreme748

    motherfuckers…jus cz he is a indian,u al are banging him!!!!!!!!!fuck u al..he provided everyting as in the cartoon would offer..it has noting 2 do with others saying…it is his script..his story…his actors… n GOD DAMM IT,HIS WAY OF TELLING D STORY..SO IF U DUN LIKE,JUS SIT AT HOME N LET UR SORRY ASS C SUM OTHER MUVI!!!

    • dissapointed2

      Dude you got to watch the show first to trully comprehend…

    • Haveitfromme2001

      Dude u r another RETARD.. so just STFU.

    • ???

      LOLOLOL… dude, relax. No one is making fun of him BECAUSE HE’S FRICKEN INDIAN! Who cares if he is? If he was caucasian, asian, latino, ANYTHING AT ALL… he’d still suck as a Director.

  • http://twitter.com/AnnaOjers Joanna Ordonez

    I saw the Nickelodeon “Behind the Scenes” thing with M. Night and I found out that the Kyoshi warriors weren't in the film because he said their characters didn't really go anywhere and he became obsessed with shooting them, coming down from trees, and training. If its potentially a series of films, he could have at least introduced them, you know? Fans will understand what they are.

    And he changed the pronunciation of some names. I don't really care if its Aang or “Ahng”. I can respect that decision that its more realistic. In that aspect I can understand he wanted to separate the film and show, but at least have the strong story line.

    I think what happened with this film is all of this awesome stuff was shot and it went to shit in the editing room. The fans even said it rushed through the story, and I think its because they left out a bunch of things that could have helped to guide the audience.

    Which is ridiculous because the show is literally based on TASKS. On a freaking to do list like- Oh, we have to go to the North Pole. Oh we should stop by the air temple. I have to rescue the moon spirit. It LITERALLY is a list of places to go with a few mishaps, so I'm very apprehensive hearing that even FANS of the show were lost with the plot.

    I'm still going to see it. I love the show. If they do a sequel, maybe they will hire a director who makes better decisions in the cutting room.

  • unconvenienttruth

    you are wrong. straight up. it is possible for an opinion to be wrong and your opinion my sir is wrong. the movie is horrid. the ethnicities of the nations are poorly represented and there are too many huge details that play an important role throughout the entire series, not just season one, like the kioshi warriors and king boomie. The names are not pronounced right and the story line of season one was rushed. Everyone wanted to see an accurate portrayal of the show and this movie has butchered most of the t.v. show's characters personalities aside from momo… This movie is disgusting and the soul problem is the director. M. night has no business in the movie world… especially after Lady in the Water and The Village.

  • Lafanda DeWild

    Yeah, I totally agree that they couldn't put the whole show in one movie. That wasn't the problem. The problem was, they left out parts that are not only key elements in the second book (which I guess will be another terrible movie *shudders*) but they left out parts that help dramatitize, add depth to, and clarify the story. Also, the movie suck pat-down, despite the fact it buchared the original show. The acting sucked, the storyline made little to no sense. You felt completely detached, and you didn't give a shit about the characters. I really don't know what the deal was.

    • Guest B-

      …Dude, M. Night had to condense the ENTIRE book 1 into a 2hour-ish movie. The fact that they couldn’t put the entire book 1 into 2 hours WAS the problem.

      • trufan

        the movie could have been 2.5 hours and much better.

      • Blair

        because using correct ethnicity and good actors would just take so much time out of the film…

  • teamcannon6 the bitch

    you're a freaking idiot, people are mad because vital aspects of the movie ex. king boomi, and the kyoshi warriors are non-existant. of course it cant contain every episode, that takes common sense to understand, so go pout about it to someone who cares you slick faggot. and for the record, im gonna go ahead and say thats ego buddy. go play some war craft in your basement fag

  • SAPPHIRE FIRE

    M NIGHT NEEDS TO QUIT THE MOVIE BUSINESS. IF YOU ARE GOIING TO MAKE A MOVIE ON AN EXTREMELY POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE TO BE TRUE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL. THE MAJORITY OF THE PPL GOING TO SEE THIS MOVIE ARE FANS. FILMMAKING ISNT ABOUT YOU, THE DIRECTOR, ITS ABOUT THE STORY- AND HE DIDN'T GIVE A FCK ABOUT THE STORY JUST SEEING HIS NAME EVERYWHERE. AND AS FAR AS BEING AUTHENTIC TO THE ASAIN WAY OF SAYING AANG-PLS! IF HE WERE SO INTERESTED IN BEING AUTHENTIC WHY NOT USE ASIAN ACTORS FOR ASIAN CHARACTERS. THE AUDIENCE ISNT STUPID. THIS WAS THE WORST FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN. I LOVED THE SERIES AND TO HAVE SOME SELFISH DIRECTOR DISREGARD FANS, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, SOLID STORY TELLING FOR THE SAKE OF PAYING HIS BILLS. I HOPE HE NEVER MAKES ANOTHER FILM AGAIN, AND I HOPE FOR A REBOOT OF THIS MOVIE IN 3 YRS.

    • dissapointed2

      Reboot! Reboot! Reboot! Dude no disrespect to the director but someone else needs to handle this film with a better approach. This movie should have been great, atleast to watch it twice.

  • Aang!

    Man I finished the whole avatar series in a week and was really hyped to watch the movie! But after these reviews I'm glad I'm not going to and I'll just let the cartoon remain untainted in my eyes. M. Night… PLEASE QUIT the movie business. Not only are top critics hating your movies, but the fans are as well! SO that should be more then enough to send you back to Film school!