OVERVIEW: Avatar: The Last Airbender is a Nickelodeon animated series that ran from February 21, 2005 until July 19, 2008. The show is set in a fictional world where certain people known as "benders" have the ability to manipulate one of the the four natural elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Each element has a respective nation dedicated to it: the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads.
Now all they need is heart and they can summon Captain Planet.
Amongst the many benders of the world is a single entity known as the avatar, a powerful bender who can control all four elements. The avatar acts as the peacekeeper between the nations, as well as the "bridge" between the physical and spiritual worlds, and upon death he or she is reincarnated into one of the four nations (following the cycle of water, earth, fire, and air).
The show's equivalent of "Come at me, bro."
|"And then, everything changed when the Fire Nation got snacks." - Opening of show (may not be entirely accurate)
|"What was in those brownies?"
|Although not too seriously.
|It's like Mulan, but with less Eddie Murphy and sexism.
|"I really need to stop eating Katara's brownies."
|It's a platypus bear. Enough said.
|Good. Then we can get back to the plot.
Pictured: An accurate representation of the main cast.They're all relatable, they're all interesting, they're all unique; I can't think of a single character that I saw onscreen and thought, "Ugh. Why did they have to put this character in?" They all avoid cliches and they all develop deep, fleshed-out personalities; the first example that comes to mind Toph, an earth-bending girl introduced in Season 2.
|Whose cocky smile could put Robert Downey, Jr. to shame.
|And not a single shit was given that day.
|"I'm so sad that I accidentally crushed a puppy when I threw that mountain."
|For example, if you look really closely at this image, you can see that Zuko is angry.
|Another example of this show's version of "Come at me, bro."
AGE RATING: There's nothing in this show that I would consider bad for kids. Despite intense action scenes, there isn't any blood or gratuitous violence. There definitely isn't any sexually explicit content or vulgar language. That said, I would recommend this show to older kids or early teenagers (between 10 and 14) rather than little kids. There's nothing wrong with showing younger children this show, but I personally think there's more for them to enjoy and appreciate if they can understand some of the more complex concepts in the show.
VERDICT: This is sort of hard to declare, seeing how the show has received a sequel series - The Legend of Korra - that takes place several years after the events of the first series.
|And *gasp* has a FEMALE PROTAGONIST?!
|Although if it does get a remake, DON'T LET SHYAMALAN DIRECT IT.
VERDICT: Rest In Peace