Savannah Bradley

 

Facts About Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender, or Avatar: The Legend of Aang in some regions, is an animated TV series created and produced by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. It aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from February of 2005 to July of 2008, with a total of 61 episodes. The series is set in an Asiatic-like world, where some people can manipulate the classical elements of Water, Earth, Fire and Air with psychokinetic modifications of the Chinese martial arts called “bending”. 

Avatar is presented in a very unique style of animation that combines the Japanese anime with average American cartoons and generally relies on the symbolism of Asian, Inuit, and New World societies. 

The show mainly follows the protagonists, a 12-year-old boy named Aang and his similarly aged friends who must bring peace to the world by ending a 100 year long war with the cruel and evil Fire Nation, against the other two standing nations of Earth and Water. The colossal success of the first season prompted  Nickkelodeon to order the second and third seasons, finishing the series.

 Avatar is then continued by a fun comic book series that has been published since 2005, all of them set after the events of the television series. 

 

Pawsome Review:

Avatar was certainly successful and has been hailed by both fans and critics, who praised its art, humor, characters, themes, and cultural references. The show won five Annie Awards, a Genesis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award, not to mention that as of 2020, Avatar has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, now that’s pretty good to me.

Avatar is probably my favorite TV show to watch. There is always something going on, and plenty of action, so the show is never boring. Even when it gets to the later episodes when “Team Avatar” is pretty much just chilling at camp, it’s still fun because these episodes let you bond with the characters a little more. Those episodes are always some of my favorites because of the life-lessons both the characters and audience learn during the show, sticks with you and really makes you want to change yourself for the better, like the quote “It’s easy to do nothing, but it’s hard to forgive.” from Avatar Aang. 

By the way, the humor of this show, is outstanding. You never see it coming, and it usually has my parents and I laughing for ages afterwards, especially at Sokka, the goof-ball of the bunch. I love it’s humor and how vibrant the characters and their personalities are, it’s makes you enjoy it that much more. Now Avatar is really family friendly and definitely deserves 5 paws.