The Legend of Aáng - Comparison to Source Material
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The Legend of Aáng - Comparison to Source Material is an article containing content regarding differences from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Justin James' (Buttongoo) planned four-part film saga - The Legend of Aáng. For more on The Legend of Aáng, see here.
Numerous changes would be added during conversion from series to the film; mostly due to character development, run-time, introduction, pacing, and dramatic flow.

The Ävatar Returns

Adaption from Book One: Water

  • Tweak Amount: 4/4
  • The prologue would regard on more content, involving the Spirit World and The War. The order of the episodes would be shifted; after the first four episodes, The Waterbending Scroll would take place, followed by Jet, then The Storm, The Winter Solstice, then The Blue Spirit. After that the film takes place in chronological order, the map would be changed to benefit these parts.
  • As the first three episodes would be very similar in the film, the fourth episode The Warriors of Kyoshi would be slightly tweaked; Aáng and Katara would not bicker, but instead start practicing water bending together while Sôkka would be training with Suki, he would not be wearing the Kyoshi wardrobe as it is an overused cartoony joke. Suki, also would not kiss Sôkka on the cheek because the film would have to concentrate on his love interest between Princess Yue rather than a cliff-hanger love interest between Suki. On another note The Kyoshi Island sequence would have to serve a valid point to that specific film, so later on when Katara speaks to the Mechanist about fighting back, the screen will switch to the Kyoshi Warriors who agree to fight in the war and set off as Oyaji tells them farewell in thoughts of no return.
  • The King of Omashu would be removed due to run-time and dramatic flow. The episode is also anti-climatic. King Bumi, however would be mentioned towards the end, revealing that he is in it, just not right away.
  • The Imprisoned sequence would be removed due to run-time and dramatic flow. Such scenes where Katara speaks to Haru would be replaced with her and Jet later on. Katara would loose her necklace at the Fire Sages Temple instead.
  • The episodes The Great Divide and The Fortuneteller would be omitted.
  • The Waterbending Scroll sequence would include the Seedy Merchants Pirates, but they would not chase after Team Ävatar a second time, and would not ally with Zuko.
  • The episode Jet would be expanded, becoming the "Almost Half-Point" of the film, mainly involving scenes with Katara and Jet. For a more realistic feel Sôkka would not clear the village, but instead attempt to stop the Freedom Fighters from blowing the dam, however he would fail, letting the town flood, but instead it would be an all "Firebender Town" making it slightly less forgivable. After the flood, some surviving soldiers are shown. Katara would get emotionally sick after the betrayal of Jet.
  • The episode The Storm would be cut to just the confrontations of Prince Zuko and Aáng's back stories. During the Storm, June would meet Zuko. The Fisherman sequence would be removed, the sequence when Aáng triggers the Ävatar State underwater saving the gang would take place at The Serpent's Pass.
  • The first part of the Winter Solstice would be omitted, instead Fang simply gives Aáng a vision in his dream, much like Roku did in The Avatar and the Fire Lord.
  • The Fire Sages temple would be abandoned omitting the Fire Sages, Zuko also would not enter the temple, due to the fact Zhao stopped his ship. This sequence would happen directly after the storm, while it is still raining.
  • While The Blue Spirit sequence would be nearly the same; episodes The Deserter and Bato of the Water Tribe would be combined. Only elements of the second half of The Deserter would take place, Aáng's fight with Zhao would be shortened greatly. Katara and Sôkka would leave Aáng in search for their father after he had burnt Katara; Sôkka agrees to go back once he flashbacks to when his father left him, as he didn't want another to feel his loss. They would have the map to their father after Jet showed them the battle field that happened two months prior between the Water Tribe and the Fire Nation one month prior, aboard one wrecked Water Tribe boat is a map to where Hakoda was heading. Chey would be omitted, as Roku would tell Aáng to meet with Jeong Jeong after he questions him about how to learn firebending. Team Ävatar would not meet up with Bato. Jeong Jeong's camp would include a perfume building; the Shirshu sequence would happen here after Jeong Jeong's absence. The perfume spilling would be accidental rather than purposeful. Uncle Ïroh's crush on June would be removed as well.
  • The Northern Air Temple would be shortened greatly, as Aáng wished to revisit, not expected residents there. Slight character development would be involved between Team Ävatar and Teo. The residents would already know of the Fire Nation's presence rather than a secret. The Mechanist's attitude would also be changed, he would also be given a name. Team Ävatar try to inspire him to fight back, but in fright, the Mechanist denies. They would give Team Ävatar food and money as they venture to the North, the scene ends with Mechanist crying. Towards the end of the film a brief shot showing the Airwalkers fighting back would be included.
  • The North Pole would have a lieutenant, Pakku's right-hand man; who would be killed by a Komodo Rhino's horns during the siege. The scene with Katara and Yugoda would be omitted. The siege would take place within one day, rather than two. Aáng would not fight during the ship attack, as he tries to reach the Spirit World. After Koh's confrontation, Aáng would accidentally show emotion, which would lead to a brief chase with Koh, however Hei Bai would fight off Koh and rescue Aáng, making his debut. Drill tanks would emerge from the North Pole capital's ground, as a mock to the man-operated drills in M. Night's film. Also, Hahn's enthusiasm towards the battle would be changed, as no one would act that way in a near-suicide mission. Zhao would burn the moon spirit within his hands, rather than striking the pond, as that would likely kill the ocean spirit as well. Koizilla would form a wave to wipe out the last Fire Nation ships, as a shout out to M. Night "Hey, use it". Ïroh would also generate lightning rather than fire to use against Zhao's men, as a debut to lightningbending. Near the end of the movie, Aáng mourns over the Air Bender Genocide, and Katara comforts him. The Azula stinger at the end of the film would be removed as it is an overused cliff-hanger act, the movies would not act as cliff-hangers. The movie would end as Arnook farewells Team Ävatar as they leave the North Pole.

The Crossroads of Destiny

Adaption from Book Two: Earth

  • Tweak Amount: 2/4
  • The time-line of the film would be shortened as compared to the timeline of the series. The film would take place mostly in chronological order as compared to The Ävatar Returns with several changes. The episode The Cave of Two Lovers would be omitted from the film, but would contain several references to it, mainly Katara and Aáng's relationship development.
  • The beginning of the film, would be in a very similar fashion to that of The Avatar State episode, but Zuko would have a full head of short hair.
  • Most of the events of Return to Omashu would be the same. Because it would be Aáng's first visit since the war, elements of The King of Omashu would take place; Mai would take Tom-Tom from Team Ävatar but after Azula's influence, she agrees to take Bumi away, as punishment towards the resistance for stealing the baby, on another note Tom-Tom would simply be discovered by an Omashu Resident, who mistakes him for a lost resistance child.
  • After Omashu, a shortened version of The Swamp episode would take place with major differences; The time-span supposed to take place within a few hours, Aáng is drawn towards the swamp mentally rather than a tornado, Team Ävatar would briefly be together before the vines separate them, Tho and Do would be removed, Appa would not face swamp benders. In the middle of the swamp sequence, it would show Zuko who flashbacks to one of his older memories as a child.
  • Only Zuko's story in Avatar Day would be included, it would take place during the Return to Omashu and The Swamp time-lines. Also a scene prior to Azula's arrival at Omashu would take place involving a scared still Ty Lee with circus artists applying makeup to her.
  • Mostly all of The Blind Bandit would be included, minus the scene involving Sôkka prior to the Master Yu's Earthbending Academy sequence. Another scene omitted would be Aáng's first act to meet Tôph at the Bei Fong estate.
  • The flashbacks of Zuko Alone would take place within the timeline of Return to Omashu and The Chase. Only the scene involving Zuko spotting Than would be involved in the present-day timeline of the episode.
  • The Chase would start at the night Tôph runs away from her parents, it would also be shortened, as Team Ävatar face Azula's transport tank at its second arrival. Appa's shedding would also first be mentioned earlier in the film.
  • Bitter Work would be changed greatly as it would focus more on Ïroh training Zuko how to regenerate lightening; the scene would take place within six minutes, with the scene flashing back and forth to a no-dialogue scene as blind-folded Aáng dodges Tôph's rocks and then in self-defense he creates a rock-wall; while the meantime Zuko and his Uncle practice regeneration. The sequence where Zuko yells at the storm, as he brings himself to tears would be included and would be slightly longer.
  • Directly after Bitter Work, Team Ävatar would be shown entering Misty Palms Oasis as they run into Professor Zei who brings them to the Spirit Library. The Library sequence would be very similar to that of the show.
  • The Desert would be changed slightly, Sôkka's hallucinations would be cut for a more realistic tone; the Desert sequence would be shortened as well. Zuko and Ïroh would not face Xin Fu nor Master Yu, as they would not be shown again until at Ba Sing Se. Midpoint would strike once the The Desert sequence ends.
  • The events at The Serpent's Pass timeline would take place, although Suki's first kiss would be removed as she would reveal her interest to Sôkka at night time. The Fire Nation Ship also would not attack nor spot them. The serpent would drown the team, forcing Aáng into the Ävatar State in order to save them.
  • The Drill timeline would be the most notable difference, because of run-time and dramatic flow The Drill sequence involving Team Ävatar would be removed; The Drill, however would not be, as earlier in the film the Fire Nation are shown transporting the drill. Later, towards the end of the film, the drill would break through the walls while Aáng fights in the Crystal Catacombs. The scenes of the episode involving Jet and Zuko would be included, however.
  • City of Walls and Secrets would be shortened, removing Pong, the student and the pet-storekeeper.
  • The only part of The Tales of Ba Sing Se would be Ïroh celebrating Lu Ten's birthday and singing him Brave Soldier Boy; earlier in the film, directly before Bitter Work the song would be sung t Lu Ten as a child in Ïroh's dream.
  • Appa's Lost Days would take place throughout the film after the Desert act; it be reduced as well, Appa would not be a part of the Fire Nation Circus, and would instead escape the Si Wong Merchants; Appa's fight against the boar-q-pine would be included, involving Appa letting it go after nearly killing the beast, this would show personification. Suki's visit with him would be included as well, leaving the audience to believe Azula killed her. Appa's visit at the Eastern Air Temple would be reduced to one night.
  • The Lake Laogai incident would omit the sequence involving Old Sweepy. Also, in anger Katara would attempt to execute Jet, only to be stopped by Aáng. She would later take out her Spirit Water; but Jet demands her to leave as time is running out.
  • The Earth King timeline would be reduced slightly, as the Fire Nation Drill would not prove the war's existence, but instead a large wreckage site and burnt walls from The Dragon of the West's attack would convince the king.
  • The Guru and The Crossroads of Destiny would be very similar to that of the series, but the drill would arrive during the Crystal Catacombs fight.

The Awakening

Adaption from first half of Book Three: Fire

  • Tweak Amount: 3/4
  • As The Awakening focuses on the timeline of only the first eleven episodes of the third season, major changes are in need. As The Awakening remains nearly the same, The Headband episode's main school sub-plot would be removed as it draws away from the main point of the story, Zuko's confrontations with Ïroh, and scenes before the school plot would be included. A brief dance at night with Aáng and Katara would be included as a reference to the episode, it also advances them through their relationship.
  • The Painted Lady episode would be entirely removed, as it draws away from the main story.
  • Sokka's Master and The Beach timelines would be merged, as Sôkka would be busy training with Piandao and would not attend the first fight with the assassin. The time-span would be expanded, as it gives Sôkka more time to train in the arts of the sword. Zuko, Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai would visit Ember Island and attend Chan's party; this would not interfere with the realism, if anything, it expands realism as it depicts the teenagers are indeed teenagers. However, scenes with Lo and Li on Ember Island would not be included. The film also would show part of the Fire Lord's important meeting while Zuko is at the beach. The boredom expressed by Team Ävatar would be removed. Ïroh's exercise routine would be shifted throughout the film.
  • Bits and pieces of The Runaway would be shifted throughout the movie, starting before Sokka's Master and ending before The Avatar and the Firelord, which would be shifted to a later point of the film, read more below. The scams would be changed, as it drew away from some of the characters' personalities. The gags and jokes of the episode would be removed completely. Several more scenes regarding Combustion Man would be added including a dialogue scene involving him and the Fire Fountain City Mayor discussing the Ävatar's return while they make a deal, naturally afterwards he executes the mayor to keep the Ävatar a secret. Tôph's nickname The Runaway would be removed as she was not a threat to the town and Katara and Tôph would simply be captured by the mayor's guards for Combustion Man. Aáng's fight against the assassin would take place in a full town of civilians, making it more abrupt. The letter Katara writes with Tôph would mark the midpoint of the film, as they are writing it, a voice-over of Tôph is included for that scene.
  • The Puppetmaster sequence would be slightly different as it draws away from the horror movie theme, and stays as a more scary moment of the film. The main events of the episode would take place, although Tôph is the first to notice Hama's arrival, to coverup a mistake within the episode. Team Ävatar would not try to investigate the town folks such as Old Man Ding, instead while Katara trains with Hama; Tôph and Aáng would practice earth bending, only to hear screaming beneath the mountain. The episode would have to benefit the rest of the film, Katara would use her techniques learned by Hama later on during the invasion, mainly pulling water from thin air.
  • Two new sub-plots would be added. The ship captain in the beginning of the film would release the Ävatar's identity and hire The Rough Rhinos to deliver them to him in secret, so that he could get the glory, one scene would include a failed raid by the Rough Rhinos against Team Ävatar would be included, however Combustion Man tracks them down and executes them and their leader. The other regards two more Combustion Man scenes, one is another brief attack against Team Ävatar within a lake, and the other is hid self-surgery after damage caused by Tôph.
  • The Avatar and the Fire Lord would be shifted to later on in the film, two days before the eve of the battle. The episode's time-span would be expanded covering more on Fire Lord Sozin's back story. The coincidence of Aáng and Zuko learning their shared past at the same time would be included, although Ïroh delivers the message earlier on within the film.
  • The dreams and hallucinations within Nightmares and Daydreams would be shifted throughout the film, the first one starting the beginning of the film, each would remain on a realistic scale, however. As the third film would focus heavily on Aáng and Katara's relationship, he would daydream about their love at two different moments. He would have several hallucinations during the eve of the battle, one involving a very frightening dream. The Zuko and Mai sub-plot would be included as well, however unlike the show, the war meeting would be shown.
  • The tenth and eleventh episode timelines which regard the Invasion would be expanded and tweaked; The Hippo and The Boulder would not attend the battle however; Haru and Tyro make their debut, although they are part of the resistance from Omashu rather than from a mining town; the Mechanist would appear, the Air Walkers with him; the custom staff made for Aáng would not feature the candy compartment. The Water Tribe supposed to of split up and gathered three groups of people: the swamp benders, the air walkers, and the Omashu resistance. The eclipse's time-span is not mentioned to be eight minutes. The Dai Li agents working for Azula would wear Fire Nation robes, as they are now allied with her. Before entering the capital, Hakoda would preform a speech, towards the end Sôkka preforms a longer speech in return. Azula's fight scene between the team would be shortened, and the larger distraction is the fact that Azula managed to stab Sôkka with Mai's blade after mocking Suki. The team had to focus on getting him to Katara to heal him, which ultimately left them to not face Ozai. Emotionally distressed, Aáng would stand still as the airships dropped bombs below, leaving Sôkka to save him by pushing him away. Ty Lee would appear once again with Azula when she is in the airship following Aáng; a scene involving Mai crying over Zuko's letter would be included towards the end as well.

The Journey's End

Adaption from second half of Book Three: Fire

  • Tweak Amount: 1/4
  • The Journey's End focuses on the last nine episodes of the third season, many changes included are for expansion and readjusted time-slots. The movie would start off with a never before seen back story of Zuko's. The Western Air Temple episode's timeline is very close to that of the series, but the angry Combustion Man (who's name shall be revealed) is battle-damaged because of their previous encounter. Several scenes would flash back to the Fire Nation including a scene regarding Azula's speech to the Air Ship fleet crew (Phoenix Force), this would be necessary as the film should regard the comet throughout. An extra awkward scene involving Zuko asking what Aáng's name is would be added as well.
  • The Firebending Masters timeline would take place the first day with Zuko on the team, several changes would be added for a more realistic feel. Zuko's fire would shrink as he is not bending with rage, but the jokes cracked at him would be removed. The episode would happen within one day's period, rather than staying the night at the city, the golden egg would be removed as it is too similar to the golden idol in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The sun warriors would seem less good and more towards the frightening side; the chief, however does allow Aáng and Zuko to face the masters, as he plans them to be executed by them. The "dance" jokes would be removed.
  • The Boiling Rock, Part 1 and Part 2 timeline would be slightly shortened, as his father would already be at the prison when he arrives, just absent to him. A prisoner who takes Chit Sang's place would serve less importance, and the "cooler boat" subplot would be removed. A scene involving Suki yelling at Zuko would be added, as she did not forgive him for attacking her village yet. Zuko would be discovered and put in prison, which eventually leads to Mai arguing with him.
  • The Southern Raiders timeline would take place directly after The Boiling Rock, which would indeed separate Hakoda again. Several encounters with Zuko and Katara would be shifted throughout the film, Zuko would ask Sôkka to tell him details about the fire navy attack while they are travelling to The Boiling Rock. Overall the plot would be nearly the same, at the point of when Katara is one step away from murdering Yon Rha, she would have a vision of Aáng's face, which would lead her into falling back.
  • The Ember Island Players episode timeline would be omitted, as it draws away from the main plot. The scene involving Aáng kissing Katara would be added the night he is drawn toward the Lion Turtle.
  • The scenes throughout the last four episodes would be nearly the same, just expanded. Aáng's encounter with each Avatar would be extended, leading a back story behind each one. Zuko would trace his uncle using Roku's crown rather than his stinky shoe. Bumi's robe would cover his whole body, his large muscles wouldn't be shown until the battle at Ba Sing Se. As Azula trips into insanity, an extra sequence is added involving her crying and whispering as she stares upon the turtle duck pond, as a turtle duck looks at her, she uses her anger against her friends and strikes fire at the poor creature. Sôkka, Toph, and Suki arrive at the air ship port on schedule, and must sneak past a fleet of Fire Narion soldiers. At the moment when Sôkka is dangling on the airship ledge holding onto Tôph's hand would be changed, as when he is doing it, the scene would flash back to each battle briefly, for dramatic flow.
  • After removing The Phoenix King's bending, Aáng would fall down and slowly falls asleep in stress, as he had been put through a lot within the last year. The next sequence would involve Sôkka's airship stopping next to the rock structure in which Aáng and Ozai are on, Aáng would be shown being carried aboard, as compared to the series in which the team just mocked them. The epilogue of the episode would be drastically similar. An extra scene involving Aáng in bed waking to find Zuko waiting his wake would be added, as the scene would heavily have character development and the expansion of friendship between the two. Aáng and Katara would not meet up again until Ba Sing Se, however during the coronation of Zuko, Aáng would watch Katara from afar. Also within the same coronation sequence, Zuko would bow before Aáng, leading the audience to do the same. The film would end in the similar fashion, including Sôkka's painting. Just slightly beforehand, Aáng would voice-over the scene speaking about the happy times to come, brief shots of the future, including one shot of Republic City and another being Sôkka's wedding kiss. After the brief voice-over, Katara would enter the room, which Aáng would leave, and her to follow. As tears rush down their faces, the final sequence would end in exactly the same fashion.

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