The Last Airbender Will Be More Mature Than The Cartoon
With Nickelodeon adaptation Avatar: The Last Airbender, Netflix has a monumental task ahead. The show, which ran from 2005 to 2008, was one of the most beloved and famous anime series of all time. Avatar reinforces a 9.3 on IMDb, placing it in 8th place on the top 250 shows of all time. The story follows a war-torn world of elemental magic and a young boy frozen in ice for over 100 years, who suddenly awakens to embark on a dangerous mystical quest to fulfill his destiny as an Avatar and bring peace to the world. world. The series won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, along with six other nominations.
Now Netflix is taking over from Nickelodeon, giving the series a live-action twist. However, this is not the only change made to the series. During Funboxing on Sundays episodeUncle Iroh actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee shared details regarding the target audience and maturity level of the show.
I think one of the things about Avatar, I mean obviously they keep the fans of the original anime series, you know damn well, they’re aware of them. But it really is, because it’s an adaptation, it’s about growing that audience. And I think it will be targeted, I mean the main characters are [all youths], so I think it’s young audiences, teens, tweens for sure. I think it might be a bit too intense for younger kids. But I also see that you know that it is accessible to adults. Fans, like I’m a fan of the show and would totally watch it, and I’m almost 50. I think it’s very broad. I think even though the Nickelodeon cartoon, its animated version, was really aimed at younger audiences that didn’t mean older audiences couldn’t enjoy it, I think they’re making it a bit more mature in this sense, so it’s not for little kids, and I think that’s part of growing that audience. And I think a lot of fans of the anime series, I think they’ll be very, very happy with what they see because there’s a definite respect for the source material.
Can Netflix pull off the perfect adaptation?
Respecting the source material will be crucial for the new adaptation. This won’t be the first live-action version of the popular cartoon. In 2010, The last air Master, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was released in theaters worldwide. The film, which loosely followed the show’s first season, was considered a monumental failure. Receiving a 20 on Metacritic and a measly 5% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is said to be one of the worst adaptations of all time. Netflix also has a difficult track record in live-action adaptations, with the series cowboy bebop canceled less than three weeks after premiering in November 2021.
We’ll have to wait and see how Netflix handles Avatar: The Last Airbender and if they are more successful than some previous releases. The series stars Ken Leung, Daniel Dae Kim, Gordan Cormier, Ian Ousley, and Kiawentiio. There’s no official release date for the series, but you can expect to start watching in 2023.