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TV premiere of The Last Airbender

Hasdi January 14, 2013 User blog:Hasdi 6,116,000 views for The Last Airbender on MLK day!

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 3,750,000 viewed The Last Airbender movie on Nickelodeon at 6PM, while 2,366,000 million viewed the movie at 8PM.[1] Share your experiences below! Encore presentation on Easter Sunday 3/31 9pm!

The Last Airbender movie will shown on Easter Sunday March 31st on a prime time slot at 9:00-11:00pm. Previous encores twice on 1/27 and and once on 2/10.

In just one week, Monday January 21, The Last Airbender movie will premiere on cable television on Nickelodeon, shown twice at 6-8pm and 8-10pm. The movie is no longer streamable from Netflix and Epix since last week, likely to ensure a higher audience turnout. Nick has also been promoting this event[2] with TV commercials:

The Last Airbender Movie Nickelodeon Promo (HQ)00:44

The Last Airbender Movie Nickelodeon Promo (HQ)

Nick is of course looking to maximize revenue from advertisers (and demand may have exceeded, as originally they intended to show it only once at 8-10pm).[3] Most film fans like me have seen and bought the movie, and haters won't watch it anyway, so the primary target audience are those who have not seen the movie. I am more interested on the advertisers, which I suspect to include the After Earth movie starring Will and Jaden Smith, and promos for the upcoming The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. It is possible that this is a prelude to the announcement of the sequel The Last Airbender 2, which may or may not be directed by M. Night Shyamalan. But I rather not get fans' hopes so high (or crush haters') and prefer to discuss that on my other blog. As a precedence, when another Paramount movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation was originally due to be released on June 29 2012, the first movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra premired on television on Feb 4 2012,[4] just to get the promotional ball rolling for the sequel.

That Monday is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for 2013, a national holiday. It seems totally fitting to me, though I understand that many of you may find inappropriate. I see this movie as having a diversifed cast, especially with story that centers on Aang, played by an actor of Native American heritage, another parallel story on Zuko, played by an actor of Indian heritage. If you find "cultural cross-dressing" offensive, then I can only ask of them "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Otherwise, let us agree to disagree. Icon_neutral.gif

The responses I see on twitter is range from utmost excitement to outright disgust. If you are looking for a reason not to watch it, feel free to pick from many, including the creator's advice to Dante Basco. Otherwise, I can tell you that if you are not offended by the changes, the adaptation is a lot closer to source material than movies with more stuff to gut out like X-Men, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Batman, and yes, even Dragonball Evolution. Some things to watch out for fans of the original series who have not seen the movie:

  • The pronunciation for some names were changed from American English: Aang (ɑːŋ), Sokka (Sōka), Iroh (ɪˈroʊ), Avatar (ɑvətɑr), and Agni kī Duel (अग्नि की डूएल). Some characters like the Dragon Spirit pronounced "Avatar" the same as the original series. If you must nitpick, it is AHNG. Not ONG, UNG, AWNG or UUNG.
  • Firebending require a source, which they have to bring around if they step out of the Fire Nation. The strength of fire depends on the fuel not size of the flame. Burning 1 ml drop of oil per second is about 35,000 W of heat, but depending on physical activity, a human body only output from 70 W to 870 W, [5]which is not enough to cause a third-degree burn but enough for Zuko to slowly melt the ice in the movie.
  • To balance the above with airbending, since air is "everywhere", airbending require a source of wind power to move air, similar to Wind Release in Naruto. Aang can use his staff to build up wind power when surrounding wind is limited. Aang is able to escape by drawing wind draft from a ship door left open behind Zuko, but Zhao made sure Aang is imprisoned deep inside the temple when captured.
  • Iroh performed a simple test with three objects, to see which of four elements a person is able to bend. A bender will only pass one of the test, so when Aang passed two of the test, Iroh and zuko looked at each other, then proceeded with the other two test just to be sure.
    • A firebender will cause the candle flame to grow taller, i.e. "accelerated burn".
    • A waterbender will cause the water puddle to form a tight circle, i.e., "increased surface tension"
    • A earthbender will cause the rock to stand unbalanced, i.e., on the end with a higher metallic content.
  • Each bender has a "home advantage", i.e., resides and dominates in an area surrounded

by his bending sources. The Fire Nation is able to upset this balancing equation when they are able to forge their war machines from metal, allowing them to overpower other benders on their own turf.

Enjoy the movie. Or not. Share your experiences below! Icon_biggrin.gif


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