This Epic Japanese Last Airbender Trailer is Frickin' Awesome
by Alex Billington
May 31, 2010
Since there's not much news this weekend, I thought I'd toss up a few new trailers. First up is a brand new Japanese trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (sent in by reader Nelson O.) that is totally frickin' off-the-hook insanely awesome. Okay, that was a little too much, but it not only has a brief intro to the four races by way of a nifty map, but it becomes Matrix-level epic quickly, and we also finally get some incredible shots of Noah Ringer as Aang in action. We've seen so much for this already but apparently there was more to be discovered. It plays like a trailer for an anime in the best of ways and it's in English, too.
Watch this epic Japanese trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender from YouTube:
You can also watch the last official trailer or another epic TV spot for The Last Airbender at those two links.
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 also written by M. Night Shyamalan while the story was co-written by Shyamalan and creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. This is based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender that originally aired in 2005. Paramount is bringing The Last Airbender to theaters everywhere starting on July 2nd this summer.
Awesome. So I take it that this movie is Book 1 from the show, right?
Daniel Felts on May 31, 2010
I love the ad for the fan at the end ;p Great trailer. Yeah it does look like book 1. Looks like they are being extremely faithful to the material at least from an aesthetic perspective.
Jay on May 31, 2010
Yep! Book 1 is what the 1st film is based on.
KaMeek Lucas Taitt on May 31, 2010
Looks awesome, I can't wait.
Spiderfan on May 31, 2010
I have not seen an ounce of humor...which worries me...
Chris on May 31, 2010
#5 go watch this recent TV Spot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCuiPbc_9cc happy now
nelson on May 31, 2010
I personally have not seen all seasons of Avatar, regretably. What i did see of it that it was an well done story. M. night, i think, is very hyped up. In my opinion many of his movies fall short and leave something to be desired. I, myself, walked out of the movie theater before ” The Village ” ended. Luckily this movie has been co written with the creators of Avatar so this may be the saving grace for Avatar. Of course its going to be a group effort when it is not M. Nights creation and someone elses. So far i must say with what i have seen from the final trailers released in the United States and Japan. Personally i think if has been done right it will be a fantastic movie. Even if some of the cast arent up to the peoples standards. Let us hope
B on May 31, 2010
#7 Obviously you were left with something to be desired because you walked out before the movie was over! The ending tied it all up and there were some twists that made the movie way better. You just sound like an idiot when you say things like that.
ST on May 31, 2010
What strikes me is that this preview is a remarkable display of lazy writing. EVERY SINGLE LINE is a cliche. Every one of them - written and spoken. Fortunately Americans are easily dazzled by shiny objects. I intend to see the movie, of course, but as a night of comedy (unless the script is very different from the trailer). Like MST3K at a fireworks show being narrated by the "We're First in News!" local news team. - Z
stormbirdd on May 31, 2010
^ LOL that is called telling the last airbender story my friend do some research it might sound cliche to you for some odd reason but it is the story
nelson on May 31, 2010
why does avatar need a movie anyway? the cartoon was so well done and the story only works in anime.
Para on May 31, 2010
Very nice preview...this movie looks really good. Why does Avatar need a movie? Why not? It's a solid story and has solid characters. It's one of the very few American television shows that has been created start to finish with quality and doesn't act as if the television viewing audience has the intelligence of a sea slug.
viraptorski on May 31, 2010
Gotta say Ive been skeptical of this, the acting looks kinda sub par, but overall this looks fucking epic.
Cody w on May 31, 2010
So of those of you who plan on seeing this 2 hour highlight reel of special effects wrapped around the bones of a kids tv show, who is gonna pay extra to see it in 3D? Since it was converted to and not shot in 3D I will go to the drive in and see it with another movie for $8 but my feeling is that even $8 is gonna be wasted on this. The Great & Powerful Oz has spoken.
Fred Schepsi on May 31, 2010
#6 Thanks for the Tv spot, yes all is not focused on the mission... #9 : people like you need to show us their "intelligent" writing and movies. You've done nothing, I am sure, in your life but to watch movies and criticize them. Get a life and create some...the world would be such a better place! #14 and to all the haters, we don't really care about you and your petty thinking... we are genuine fans and we noticed that except from a few details ,it's close to the animated series...WE DON'T CARE who the director is as long as what we've seen so far is true to the original and it is. We are hugely expecting this movie and IT WILL BE A SMASH! 🙂 Take your lame $8 and go to see one of your fav movie.
I am... on Jun 1, 2010
Again...Those who look at it and want to see it must realize that it's AN ADAPTATION and judge it as such.Too many critics don't even bother seeing the originals before making a judgement and they base their reviews on the previous work of the director...how lame and stupid is that??? Your judgement will always be biased if you don't know how to look @ things from a fresh start and new eyes. Anyway, as I said before..the true fanbase awaits eagerly this movie and that's it!
I am... on Jun 1, 2010
I say: best movie of the year!
Robbie on Jun 1, 2010
Maybe if he cast actual Asians for Asian parts then I'd give a fuck.
1-7 on Jun 1, 2010
@ 18 this is an american based cartoon and when did they ever say they were asian on the show? I mean I know what you mean but damn. You care and you will obviously watch it at some point. I don't care what you say.
kindbuddy on Jun 1, 2010
this convinced me...ill definitly watch it no matter wat... srsly i got chils watching the trailer.....
nans on Jun 1, 2010
@18 They never once say that anyone in the series is asian. The only hints in the series that anyone is asian is the Fire Nation's architecture and customs. And lucky for your narrow, misinformed mind, Zuko (sp?) is played by an Indian man. (which is asian). Maybe pick a more suitable hobby for yourself that isn't related to criticism or movies. Perhaps testing streets and sidewalks durability when it comes to stopping a falling human at terminal velocity. Tall buildings are good for that. This movie is gonna rock.
Angry Chief on Jun 1, 2010
"Mee'zoot' means water in Japanese right? Man. I just LOVE the VO. Everything sounds so much cooler and intense in Japanese.
Ells on Jun 1, 2010
Sweet~ Definitely the best one so far. That guy always will always make me think of Slumdog Millionaire though... which is not a compliment
Antioch on Jun 1, 2010
BTW, that kid looks like a really good actor
Antioch on Jun 1, 2010
I think anyone who would go see this probably loves all the bullshit "Twilight" movies with all the hate they throw around about their fandom. So to all the pale sweaty geeks and geekettes, the 12 year old's who never leave their room because they are watching cartoons or facebooking or playing WoW, go and watch this continuous series of special effects wrapped around what will undoubtedly be the thinnest of story and plot. Go pay extra to see it in 3d even though it was converted in post and so the shots weren't designed for 3d and then when it's over you can call and text all your little friends about how great it was, when the next sequel will be coming out, and how M. Night Shamalamadingdong is the greatest director since David Lean or Bernardo Bertolucci (go look them up on IMDB since you've probably never heard of them). I on the other hand will be laughing both of my balls off at you as your meager allowances get thrown down at a multiplex to see this loaded diaper of a "movie".
The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 1, 2010
#25 will go see twilight most likely that weekend
nelson on Jun 1, 2010
#25 only knows Twilight to be "the light perceived before the rising, and after the setting, of the sun, or when the sun is less than 18[deg] below the horizon, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth." As far as the books or movies are concerned, life is short and any hours spent on the Twilight books or movies is time you'll never get back so The Great & Powerful Oz would definitely not waste any of it on that crap. The Great & Powerful Oz has spoken, again.
The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 1, 2010
Anyone who has seen a certain movie directed by Victor Fleming, knows that the Great and Powerful Oz was neither great nor powerful, just a scamming carney and blowhard. Be sure to stay behind your curtain, dude.
Scoob on Jun 1, 2010
Great and powerful oz would rather spend his time complaining about movies that don't live up to his supreme taste than actually watching them. Like most critics he is more interested in the theory of a great movie than the reality of letting his preconceptions go and enjoying a it. I pity the critic that's forgotten how a movie like this can send every hair on your body up in the air. But it only happens if you let go. Avatar's gonna rock. Bring it M night.
Oz sucks its got snakes on Jun 2, 2010
Loved the series, it was very well done. But the movie? I'll save it for the internet on a rainy day, though this trailer has swayed be slightly. M. Night has shown he can crank out a pretty decent film (Sixth Sense) but he's been getting mediocre with things like The Happening and what not. ________________ And as to the comments about the racial origins of the characters in the show, of course they never state it explicitly, it's an animated show on Nickelodeon intended for a large general audience. Their origins are implied. Animated programing intended for the 12 and under age group is famous for its "racially ambiguous" characters so that they are more relatable to the people viewing. Other than skin color (which obviously varies in all groups) cartoon characters tend not to look like any race/ethnicity in particular.....but that does not mean that they are not. Take Dora the Explorer and Naveen from Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Other than speaking Spanish and having brown skin, Dora is not described as anything else but a traveling bilingual munchkin. Same goes for Naveen in Princess and the Frog. They never tell you where he's from, you just go by what you see, hear, and from previous experiences. There's also the thing of sticking to the (well written) source material, especially when it comes to the characters. Something tells me that many of the folk who have no problem with the lack of Asian presence in the Avatar cast (minus the Fire Nation of course) would be the same group of people to be up in arms about Hermoine from Harry Potter being played by Keke Palmer or something along those lines. Just food for thought, sorry about the length.
Hey Wowza on Jun 2, 2010
Does anyone know where the music comes from in the second half of the trailer?
Bryan on Jun 2, 2010
Oh, yeah, they just set up an Asian world, with Asian dress, culture, architecture, martial arts, food, customs and environment, but they just stopped shy of including Asians in their show. The characters are Asians in an Asian world. Did the LOTR novels state that it's characters were white? No, but we knew they were because the world created was based on Medieval Europe. Or let me draw a closer parallel—imagine if someone had made a “fantasy” movie in which the entire world was built around African culture. Everyone is wearing ancient African clothes, African hats, eating traditional African food, writing in an African language, living in African homes, all encompassed in an African landscape... but everyone is white. How offensive, insulting, and disrespectful would that be toward Africans and African Americans? How much more offensive would it be if only the heroes were white and all the villians and background characters were African American? (which is reflected in the Airbender casting). This is nothing short of racism, and I will not support such bilge.
1-7 on Jun 5, 2010
The MOVIE ITS NOT RASIM, Trust me IM BLACK. GET OVER IT!!!!!!! Where was the series made- AMERICA and where was the movie made- oh thats right AMERICA SO GET OVER IT!!!!!!. Some characters will be WHITE Cause the movie is AMERICAN. SO ONCE AGAIN, GET OVER IT!!!!! THERES NOTHIN YOU CAN DOOOOOOO ABOUT IT.
Youtube ID - 95200Naruto on Jun 16, 2010
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