First Teaser for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender

June 23, 2009
Source: YouTube

The Last Airbender Teaser

It's about that time of year again when we start to see teasers for next summer. Paramount has debuted the first short teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon. Yes, this is the very same Shyamalan who brought those thrillers like Signs and Unbreakable. Not only is he making an action adventure movie oriented more towards kids this time, but he's going big, very big, as you'll see in this teaser. Newcomer Noah Ringer stars as Aang. He's joined by Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Cliff Curtis, and Nicola Peltz. Even if you don't know much about this, you'll still want to see it!

Watch the teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender:

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You can also watch the teaser trailer for The Last Airbender in High Definition on MTV

The Last Airbender is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening previously. The screenplay was written by M. Night Shyamalan while the story was co-written by Shyamalan and creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. This is based off of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender that first debuted in 2005. Paramount is bringing The Last Airbender to theaters everywhere on July 2nd, 2010 next summer.

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  • shaun
    interesting.. could this movie help M. Night get out of the slump he's in?
  • Lazarus
    *trailer guy deep voice* " Next Summer get ready for the adventure of a lifetime " I think I'll trust M. Night with the creators of the show to actually succeed in bringing this awesome tale to life!!!! I just hope my fav character Toph is in it too! Earth bending rules!!!!
  • Stan 'The Viewers Choice' Morrow (Facebook Me!!!!)
    It looks like it could be that new Potter type of film....I'm down, as long as there isn't some dumb ass Twist at the end or lame ass "make you think" ending.
  • Marqwest
    Ferrrrrrrrrrnt..."What a twist!"
  • w00t!!!
    Oh gosh...this looks cheesy as hell.
  • Ken Masters
    SFX looks B-ish at best so far. We'll have to wait until a full trailer to make the final verdict.
  • Big Buck
    I was a little concerned that they would wreck one of the best American-made anime that is "Avatar The Last Airbender", but with this trailer I breath a little easier. #2 Yes, Earthbending does ROCK!!!!
  • brian barajas
    i think it looks great, even though i havent liked his last few movies, i still think he's a pretty good filmmaker and im glad to see him branch out!
  • Ali
  • Alfredo
    This is an awesome teaser. I love the end too, bringing the epicness of the Fire Nation to life. Hopefully the sfx shown are the unfinished ones for those specific scenes, because it looked at bit cheap.
  • I wonder how those ships are going to turn around...
  • Sumit
    I hope this is a return to form for Shyamalan - I love Signs & Sixth Sense and liked Unbreakable & The Village. Maybe adapting someone else's material instead of wring it from scratch will mean he focus on just making a great film.
  • Michael
    #3 ... the only thing that's lame is your nick Night is an awesome filmmaker. Unbreakable is possibly the greatest and less cheesy superhero movie ever and Signs and Sixth Sense are awesome. Okay, his last two movies were crapier than crap but i beleive that this guy has still great things to offer.
  • Felix
    Doesn't seem like they stay true to the original story (trapped in iceberg, etc) - and that they empathies Air Bender instead of Agn being the Avatar. Honestly, if you're going to do a movie out of a cartoon, you better do it right. Overall, looks good. Some misspoints of course (like the Air Nomads being a powerful nation... pfft).
  • dan
    that kid flailing around looked like my friends kid playing in the backyard. and the special effects don't look all that great...............i'll pass.
  • casshern
    @Mark I don't think they are planning to turn around.
  • Robbie
    FUCK YEAH!!!
  • dave13
    SFX look a little weak, but I think thats because they aren't done yet. looks pretty good, if nothing else, looks epic. I'm still down. doesn't look ruined and I've always liked M. Night (except for The Happening... we don't talk about that...)
  • nelson
    you know hwy the fx don't look phenomenal yet wait for it.................. they are not even done filming yet they started filming mid march they have over a year to work on the cgi guys
  • gray
    this should never had been touched. this trailer doesn't impress me, and neither does the director nor the casting, they've ruined a beautiful thing, bit extreme, but thats how i see it, its going they way of 'x-men', 'wolverine', 'street fighter' and 'dragonball'.
  • Farris
    I've never seen the cartoon and it still looks pretty appealing.
  • ?????
    I've been an Avatar fan for a while now and was interested to hear about the movie and who would be doing it. I must say, it looks amazing. A side note: Its nice to see Shymalan branching out and not just giving us the same thriller/horror movie with a twist that we are so used to seeing. I think this could put him on the map again if he starts to branch out and direct different movies.
  • Angelo
    "He's the last of his kind...! Some think he is a myth...! Some believe he is the chosen one...! ...a world at war! ..and some will stop at nothing!" My god, can you put more clichés in a fucking trailer. Horrible.
  • Mattyc
    @ 13 - Michael - Unbreakable was good? How in the world was that good? That is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I enjoyed Sixth Sense and The Village, but Unbreakable was just awful.
  • zetsu
    looks pretty fucking good.
  • lol
    some of you pricks forget that the movie is not particularly done for you never-growing-up-adults-who-act-like-childish-dorks. they do it for kids and maybe for teenagers. so stop complaining about clichés, stupid voice etc.
  • Angelo
    Oh, so we're going for the "well, its for kids" argument now? Good going. That maybe so, but that doesn't somehow mean that abominable voice-overs in trailers are then oke. That's ridiculous. You might implement some kind of formula, that has proven it works, into your film, so to make the plot understandable for kids, but having the most ridiculous clichés in your trailer is just fucking bad. No matter for who you made the film.
  • Nick Sears
    Badass! Now lets see if he can actually end the film properly. Seems that shyamalan knows how to tell a story, but not finish it.
  • At first the stick part was a bit 'Star Wars Kid' like, but I checked the High Definition version and it does look a lot better. The cartoon series was really good and even if it comes close to that then it will be a good movie. The only thing with the tv series was that the characters were neither good or evil and were defined by their choices they made on the journey, I'm not sure how this will translate into a blockbuster film, usually it has to be spelled out in thick black marker pen who is good and who is bad at the very beginning so people don't freak out.
  • Ryan
    I have some hope that Shyamalan will do a great job with this, the reason why are. 1.He isn't writing it (thankgod) 2.He is a great director with doing Sixth sense, Signs. 3.Im curious to see how he'll handle a fun action movie.
  • dax
    @26 Have you ever seen the animated series that this film is based on? It may have been a cartoon, but it appealed to adults as well as kids for the same reason that Pixar films are enjoyed by people of all ages.
  • Fingo
    He's baaaaaaaaack. Hope this is a hit for him. Poor guy needs a hit. Very talented director.
  • blackgreensoul
    Well at least it isn't I live action Spongebob Squarepants movie....
  • blackgreensoul
    Sorry, a live action
  • Trey
    I liked that trailer...looks cool
  • Andrew
    I was convinced that this would turn out a disaster considering M. Night's last few films, but the teaser actually looks pretty good. However, I can't go too easy on it yet. I need to see some REAL footage, involving acting and fight scenes.
  • really?
    @14 The creators of the show were looking over M. Night for the writing process as well as the filming of it, so it will be true to the show. Who says that is how the movie starts? That is probably later on.
  • cine_phil
    Don't know the cartoon, but the teaser trailer looks nice imo.
  • Ajax
    Trailer looks epic, but the voice-over sounds like it has been done before.
  • Bezelbub
    LOL yes I was thinking it was the Star Wars kid as well..
  • Cody
    I thought unbreakable was an awesome movie, had a one of the smartest stories ever. Good trailer though but those fx need some work.
    Oooh wow he got all the dust out of his room, what a useful power...urrgh who cares? this'll be a major turd.
  • S
    I've never seen the show but for some reason this trailer reminded me of that movie with the warrior kangaroos that had the elemental powers. Can't remember the name.
  • quez
    i might c it BUT only if its PG-13 cuz if its only PG i no it will suck!
  • Maxx
    #43- Warriors of Virtue! Whoo I miss the 90's 😀
  • Henry Jones Sr.
    A bunch of white kids playing Asian characters...
  • Timothy
    Very promising. I've been watching the show and, if done right, this has the potential to at least be a lot of fun if not, perhaps, the next big fantasy trilogy as Harry Potter bows out in the next couple of years. From the teaser, at least, it looks like they haven't preserved much of the show's sense of humor, but maybe that's just because someone executive at Paramount couldn't help having the dire, over-the-top, end of the world voice over going over. Other than that, it's odd that the trailer features only Aang when the show is about friendship, but that's what you get from a 'concept' trailer like this . . . I haven't finished the show yet, but I wonder if any of the footage in this trailer is even really in the film, or in the film in the way they cut it here.
  • Noelle
    I'm very excited for this film. I was a little worried about M. Night, but the trailer looks great. Looking forward for the next trailer--I've love to see the other actors.
  • Dresden
    @Felix. THEY ARE STICKING with the iceberg, he is the Avatar and they WILL be emphasising this. He wasn't allowed to call it AVATAR: The Last Airbender because fuckin james cameron had the rights to the name "Avatar" @#2 Erm.. movie 1 spans the first season.. Toph doesn't appear until the second season. EARTHBENDING does RULE! but we won't be seeing Toph till the next movie.
  • SlashBeast
    So what will the twist ending be?
  • I remained a fairly faithful fan of Shyamalan through thick and thin (though I do agree his earlier films were better). I think that this film does have a chance of putting him back on the good side of mainstream success and I look forward to seeing this. However, I do wish that people will stop assuming that Shyamalan adds a twist to his films (by my count, only Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and The Village had true twists).
  • smacky63
    I'm skeptical but it looks promising.
  • NOT BAD.
  • tterb
    It's a damn teaser! I know we come to sites like this to judge films, but come on! For a teaser that looks pretty rockin!
  • Chris
    How does this guy still get work?
  • i havent watched any of the cartoon but this doesnt look intrigued.
  • keicharones
    I seriously hope they release at least one trailer with the Katara doing the voice over.
  • keicharones
    I seriously hope they release at least one trailer with Katara doing the voice over.*** Abba and Momo are going to make or break this film.
  • You guys should keep in mind that M. Night Shyamalan is really good at making trailers. But his movies fall apart. However, this isn't based on one of his ideas, so cross your fingers.
  • Dresden
    @57-58 keicharones I totally agree. I always envisioned the first official full length trailer as the original really long opening from the first episode. Or maybe just the normal opening with Aang on his Air scooter ramming into the rock. Appa and Momo WILL make or break the film. But it's ILM, more specifically the same people that worked on Transformers and the ones that worked on Where the Wild Things Are. So.. think of this as Where the Wild Transformers Are Airbending. (I would TOTALLY watch that.) On a side note, the next trailer BETTER HAVE Sokka, Katara, Zuko and at least a glimpse of Iroh! Oh, and hope for some Appa and Momo in that one as well. Can't wait to see how awesome they make Appa look.
  • #16 - So they're going to crash into the cliff face? Dammit Shyamalan, your ships are committing suicide!
    Is it just me or did anyone here picture A turtle blowing out 1 candle at a time like in KUNG FU PANDA.........................imo Teaser looked cool M is on a slump lately hopefully this will turn it around
  • Jarno
    Nottin to say, nice! (actually thats something :)
  • terry
    good trailer but its still did something very offensive this must be an asian fantasy world but they still did something wrong Aang wears an Buddhist monk outfit why the hell in this trailer he is wearing an Christian monk outfit once again they got the culture wrong
  • DoomCanoe
    this cartoon is for nerds and this movie is for nerds!.. ha nah, wanted to stir up some hate because everyone seems to know what this is about and i haven't got a clue. but so far we've seen some white kid blow wind and twirl a stick...well its going to take a lot more then that to sell me Shyamalan! (still to this day I'm pissed that i spent money on "The Village" and "Lady in the Water")
  • Brian
    My first reaction to this is...WHOA! This could get him back in good graces with his fans.
  • Mr j Money
    Loved the show. I was a total late bloomer until I caught a marathon on nicktoons. From there I was hooked. I really hope this works for the leagcy of the show. Doesn't feel too far away from its time like dragonball or streetfighter. Does anyone know if M.Night will make this a little darker??
  • Andrew
    He's definitely going big with this one, haha. I hope it's not too kiddy, though.
  • I have anxiety (and depression)
    He probably should tackle this genre, because his other movies suck.
  • Conrad
    Pretty good teaser trailer, must admit. However this movie just sounds boring. Especially for M. Night
  • Phil
    The trailer looks good. If the movie isn't filled with sarcastic jokes like in so many American movies, it should be great. No more wise cracking, sarcastic, mature beyond his years lines yet still immature kids.
  • PimpSlapStick
    Ok..that was pretty sweet,I'm interested
  • wakka
    @64 dude, he's just wearing a robe, and it looks more like a jedi robe than a franciscan monk robe so chill out. Jeez, you'd swear Asians never used robes. Besides in the show, in the third season we see Zuko wear robes similar in appearance that. They probably just did it to replace that little orange neck flappy thing the Aang has in the show because in the picture they released of Noah Ringer as Aang, he didn't have it.
  • Black Dynomite
    This looks really cool. I'll go see it.
  • M
  • nocsyn
    they are still in production for this...way too early to tell. ive seen pictures of the sets and let me tell you...amazing
  • snickers
    Manoj's name above the title these days is box office poison.
  • terry
    @73 so you saying it look more like a jedi robe so this trailer is actually Star Wars Kid LOL anyway i dont want to see jedi robe in Avatar its not Star Wars we watching its Avatar The Last Airbender.
  • bozoconnors
    Ya know... I like some of Shymalan's earlier work... but why the hell does he have to put his name in front of everything? It's kind of a turn off at this point. He's not fucking Aesop for chrissakes.
  • S
    I've never seen this cartoon but after some research I've read up on it and have a basic grasp of the story. This is a kid's cartoon so, it would stand to reason, this will be a kid's movie. Am I wrong? I understand that a lot of young, and probably some older, adults have gotten into the show but wouldn't their target audience still be kid's, young males to be specific?
  • curtfrmcali
    I hope this one pans out, Night is a great filmmaker and well he owes us after The happening.... Also if he screws this up he'll have a mob of angry avatar fans on his hands. GL M.night...
  • tterb
    At this point it's safe to assume we know nothing about what the film will be like. Aside from the actor race ordeal.
  • Last Son
    This looks bad. I liked "The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs", but everything else M.Night has touched has turned to shit!
  • mrmr
    better not fuck it up. the show was great. so i guess we will see what he does with the story. and i still have no idea if him and james cameron are using the same source for thier movies
  • Derek
    As long as the movie comes with another easy 1000 Gamerscore achievements, I'm in. --- If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see:
  • Derek
    Oops, ^^ was a link I sent to my friend earlier today. I feel ashamed posting something like that here =p haha You can watch that, but see this for the Avatar thing:
  • Um... Has everyone forgotten about the controversy surrounding this film? It seems that despite a very loud public outcry, Shayamalan will continue to step on the core audience of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The cast and culture of this movie is completely wrong. Simply put, Aang Ain't white. Please do yourselves a favor and check out these blogs that have a ton more information about this questionable movie adaptation of a fantastic cartoon.
  • Marsius
    they should make a movie for fullmetal alchemist instead
  • Christopher
    I agree with 87 totally. Horribly miscast and the poor kid looks like he'd never even heard of martial arts until they turned the camera on. Total turd.
  • ik0n
    This is gonna be awesome! :)
  • i understand that they just started wit the movie but....can't they explain a little more? since the trailer i think m.night is just twisting it up like always PS....still the graphics and intro was a very amazing try......the candles and fireballs and the powerful winds and the kid training was a good touch..... im goin to keep in touch......i actually have hope for this one
  • Jack
    Watching the trailer for the Dark Knight last summer, i was pretty exited. i watched the Watchmen trailer last fall, and was very exited. i watched the newest harry potter installment's trailer, and im pretty exited. but much as im embarrassed to say it, this may be the most exited ive ever been about a movie.
  • Will Bruce Willis do a cameo?
  • Drea
    I was excited about this movie...until I realized that it was live action. Seems cheesy to me. I love the cartoon and watch the re-runs all the time, I even have them on DVD. However, I am not a big fan of Shyamalan, I thought that most of his movies were cheesy and predictable, I just have to hope that I am wrong with this one because I will be so disappointed if this movie completely thrashes the series.
  • abujado
    huge hit....................
  • sam
    unbreakable is one of the best movies ever made. all of m nights movies were ok but unbreakable was a masterpiece. there wasnt alot of action but the story beats anything ever made . comic books being a way of passing down the story of super humans that protect the rest of us. remarkable. it made m nights career. its tied with the chronicals of riddick way better than the dark knight transformers anything ever story has its beginning stop wasting time with avatar and continue unbreakable unbreakable also gave birth to heroes
  • Mr Suntail
    @ #14 they had to call it the last airbender as "AVATAR" was taken by James Cameron (looks good) This really has great potential as a movie and M. Night i think can nail it.
  • don't diss on Aang
    M. Night has a brilliant mind but also has tendencies to create "watch em' once" films. i hope he steers clear of that and does this wonderful story justice. if he screws this up, imma show up at his door step and beat him with DvDs of the villege!
    OMG!!! When i saw the preview i almost cried with excitement!! My husband looked at me like i was crazy. Yes, i am a 30 year old mother of 3. I fell in love with the cartoon. I own the whole thing on dvd. I have been waiting for this sence the interview with M Night was shown on the bonus features of the DVD!! I hope M Night does a good job. I can't beleive i have to wait sooo long!!




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