It was bittersweet news for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender when it was revealed that Viacom, the media conglomerate that holds the rights to the show, would create a studio dedicated to creating more series and movies set in that world. Now, a statement from the president of the Nickelodeon channel, sows more doubts among fans for revealing that the films could have a new style of animation different from the show.
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In an interview with ViacomCBS, Brian robbinsNickelodeon’s president revealed that as part of their production schedule there are several new Avatar Studios movies on the way and referred to them as being computer-made. This is a difference from the traditional 2D style that I had Avatar the last Airbender and its sequel. These were the executive’s words:
And one of the other big projects that we’re working on, on the theatrical front, is Avatar. We signed a deal to bring the original Avatar creators back to the studio. They started Avatar Studios and are well on their way to developing a series of CG movies. [generadas por computadora] and a new Avatar series.
This may or may not be good news for fans. On the one hand, although the traditional 2D did not need improvements, since to date it looks good and the fight sequences as well, the technology has advanced enough to make the process something more spectacular. And since Robbins did not specify that they were to be in 3D, perhaps it is a mix between the old methods and the new techniques.
A great example is Spider-Man: A New Universe – 100%. That film, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, was a combination of 2D computer animation and hand-crafted details. Imagine now, how we could enjoy better details with these new techniques in the world of Avatar, as in the textures for, for example, a fight between masters. Elements like water, fire, and even earth could look better than ever if digital effects are put to good use.
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The worst decision, if we go to the pessimistic extreme, is that they make the decision to do it in 3D simply for fear that the public who is not familiar with the saga will feel little impressed by the traditional animation. There is no proof of this and knowing that the creators of the original are in charge can give more peace of mind for now.
Details about the plot of these films or the new series have not been revealed. All this is part of the new strategy of Viacom, a conglomerate of which Nickelodeon and Paramount are part, to supply its streaming platform (Paramount Plus) with content that attracts subscribers. Until you have more details, you can relive the excitement of bringing balance to the world and stopping the Fire Nation on Netflix where you can find so much Avatar the last Airbender as its sequel The Legend of Korra.
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