"Telling the story of “the first Avatar” is intrinsically risky, as it threatens to undermine the structure of the whole story, but Wan’s tale is the story of a trickster turned hero. Wan is the Monkey King, complete with flying cloud; he is Prometheus the stealer of fire, he is Pandora, whose impulsive act threatens the world."- Tor.com's review of the episodes.The Vulture's recap discussed the change in style and animation...
"The Legend of Korra lost a bit of its artistry this season with its switch to a new animation studio, but the Book 1 team, Studio Mir, returns to realize the stylized universe of “Beginnings.” The opening sequence is a feast for the eyes; while the characters remain detailed and articulate, the backdrops evoke the watercolor paintings and woodblock prints of East Asia. With animation big and small suffering from define homogeneity, the episodes' pastel palette and swirling designs contemporize old school Studio Ghibli (the films of Isao Takahata come to mind) for a new generation."And as noted, Beginnings also marked the return of Studio Mir, the Korean animation studio that had animated the first season of Korra with beautiful results. The studio's work was notably absent in the episodes preceding Beginnings, which it had been unable to take on. The studio that picked up the work was the Japanese animation studio, Studio Pierrot. No slouch in the animation field, the studio had animated such anime as Saiyuki, the Twelve Kingdoms, Fushigi Yugi, and massively famous Naruto.
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