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Music Bender

Curiosity piqued by the music behind Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, or Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness? If so, then you may already be fan of the work of Jeremy Zuckerman, one half of the music and sound design production company, Track Team. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Jul 16, 2013 - 19 comments

Yes, I'm eyeing your lemon drink.

Opinions, uh, vary about the quality of the films on M. Night Shyamalan's resume. What's perhaps less controversial is that he has enjoyed a tremendously fruitful collaboration with veteran composer James Newton Howard, who has scored each of his films since The Sixth Sense. Here are some highlights of Newton Howard's often-beautiful work for these often-maligned films. [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Jun 5, 2013 - 14 comments

Avatar Two: Eclectic Bendaloo

The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender have confirmed that they will be making a new miniseries, set 70 years in the future. Despite the poor critical reception of the live-action Shyamalan adaptation, the animated world will continue. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 28, 2010 - 107 comments

"He's perfect...he looks just like...which he really does...he looks just like the character."

Yellow Face (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5) is a short documentary (about 50 minutes) that broadly concerns the history of white actors portraying Asian characters in American cinema and, more specifically, reaction to the casting of M. Night Shyamalan's generally reviled recent film, The Last Airbender. (Previously.)
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jul 19, 2010 - 70 comments

Whitewashing Avatar

M. Night Shyamalan has decided to cast white actors in the main roles of the upcoming motion picture based on the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. The problem: Avatar featured an Asian world with Asian characters, including Aang, the titular character, and his friends Sokka and Katara. [more inside]
posted by lunit on Dec 23, 2008 - 252 comments

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