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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Ivdar
    January 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    The posters look very good, I’ll give them that. But I’m not ready to trust that movie just yet ; first off, I think Avatar made great use of its nature as a cartoon, especially when it came to jokes and funny bits. I’m really worried Sokka will end up as a Hollywood comic relief (ie “more annoying than funny”). If they aim to make the movie more grim’n gritty (and there is plenty of room for that), I hope they do it well and keep it balanced.

    And yes, I’m still concerned about M. Night Shyamalan directing. I don’t really trust him either. But since the creators of the show are onboard and apparently satisfied, I suppose there’s no need to worry that much.

    • January 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm — Reply

      I’m with you – I loved the series a lot (some of the best Western-produced fight animation I’ve ever seen), but what I’ve heard through Ye Olde Hollywood Hype Machine, I’m wary as well. The posters look pretty cool (especially Zuko’s), so I’ll give them that much as well.

  2. Erik
    January 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    Is this movie supposed to kick off a series of live action films? If not, where is Toph? I am a bit hesitant about this as the cartoon is masterfully done. Great blend of humor and some truly touching scenes scattered throughout the series. Going to be very tough to match I think.

    • M
      January 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm — Reply

      DUH. Toph doesn’t come into Book Two, anyone who knows the series knows that. Since this is the first movie, she won’t appear at all.

  3. Ivdar
    January 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    From what I heard, this will be the movie equivalent of Book One. I expect that if it is successful enough, they’ll anounce two other films for the rest of the story.

  4. M
    January 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    I’m not concerned at all. I have faith in M. Night’s work. I love his movies and I know that he’ll have the wrath of his kids if he messes up the fandom.

    Though I know a large majority of the fandom (at least online and on LJ) will view me as a racist for seeing this movie since I’m not furious the cast is white instead of Asian decent.

    • Ivdar
      January 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm — Reply

      I’m not going to throw accusations of racism around, but I gotta admit that bugs me : this is a world that blends elements from multiple Asian cultures (China, Japan, Korea, India…). It would only make sense to have the cast be of Asian ethnicity (granted some of them are, but still). Can you imagine a kung-fu movie set in Ancient China and starring, say, Ryan Reynolds ?

      • mosdef
        January 27, 2010 at 11:05 am — Reply

        lol this is america. they will “white” wash any foreign movie idea that comes along. and btw, the actor playing Zuko is Indian.

        • Rodrigo
          January 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm — Reply

          this isn’t a foreign idea, it’s a Nicktoon. I don’t have a problem with them casting white people, since the show is a cartoon and although it clearly has a lot of asian influence it doesn’t actually take place in Asia, or on any other continent on earth.

          Memoirs of a Geisha having 0 japanese actresses among the protagonists = bad.
          Unbreakable, The Last Airbender having a white lead = not a problem.

  5. Kirtley
    January 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    I’m just wondering what the “What a tweest!” moment will be.

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