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takewithfood - 2010-07-16

The entire movie is like this, or worse. If this was a gradeschool play, I would have been humiliated to have been a part of it.

Quite arguably the worst movie that I have ever seen. I really enjoyed the show, though.

spikestoyiu - 2010-07-16

You mean the kid's cartoon on Nickelodeon? That show?

Five for the nerd who says, "It's Ang".

Smellvin - 2010-07-16

It's actually pretty good for a kid's cartoon. For example, the "bad guys" aren't completely one-dimensional and it presents a human side to them, and the series's plot isn't _completely_ obvious after having watched it for ten minutes.

I also can't help but think that the whole thing might have been created with the US in mind, since the backdrop is a powerful nation wanting to "help" lesser countries by spreading its "superior" culture, customs, and technology (which is to say invade and subjugate them). They even have a funny little "Pledge of Allegiance" at their schools.

Plus, it has a giant, flying six-legged fluffy dog/koala thing with horns.

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

I remember seeing ads for the show on TV before I knew what it was, and I'd roll my eyes at how stupid it looked. Months later, though, it was exam time and at one point I was so desperate for a break that I would do literally anything to not study. I turned on the TV and it happened to be on. I thought it would be good for a few laughs, but it turned out to be pretty good, especially in the second and final seasons. Who knew?

I read a couple of movie reviews by parents of young children who had grown up on the movie. There's one on IMDB where the guy typed out his 10 year-old son's review, which was scathing. I don't remember hating anything that much when I was 10. There's another one out there by a guy whose daughter was so into the show that she spent the days leading up to the film's release dancing around chanting "It's Avatar day! It's Avatar day!" - but apparently, 10 minutes into the film she started to slouch in her chair, crossed her arms, and pouted for the duration of the film, then cried about it when she got home. The character of Katara is a great example of a strong female character in a kids cartoon (almost unheard of in Anime), but in the film she's a simpering idiot. I bet that upset a lot of kids, especially young girls who idolize her. Shyamalan only got interested in this whole project because his daughter wanted to dress up as Katara for hallowe'en.

Sorry for the wall of text. I could defend a thesis on who terrible this movie turned out to be.

Nikon - 2010-07-16

Strong female characters are pretty common in anime - there's Utena in SKU, Sakura from Card Captor Sakura, Rei/Misato/Asuka from NGE, Hitomi from Escaflowne, and Rei Hino from Sailor Moon, and those are just off the top of my head.

But one thing we can all agree on is how this clip sucks.

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-07-16

I'd like to point out that, if you want to pick a strong female character from Evangelion, Misato's your only valid choice.

Other than that Nikon is right and takewithfood is wrong.

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

Pretty weak examples, and that's just a handful of characters, mostly just leads from shows aimed entirely at girls. Sexism is pervasive in anime - for every strong female female characters, there are a hundred strong male characters, and a hundred damsels in distress.

Also, this is a stupid place to be having this conversation. Sorry to everyone else.

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-07-16

Those strong female leads don't count because those shows are for GIRLS!

Shut up.

Chalkdust - 2010-07-16

for every hundred strong male characters, there are a hundred meek and overwhelmed-by-anything male characters

Xenocide - 2010-07-16

"for every strong female female characters, there are a hundred strong male characters, and a hundred damsels in distress."

Wait, are you actually under the impression that this problem is unique to anime?

How have you managed to have never been exposed to any other medium.

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

I'm just saying that it's particularly bad in anime. Jesus, relax.

CapnJesusHood - 2010-07-16


Xenocide - 2010-07-16

But nerd disagreement is the sport of kings!

Cheese - 2010-07-17

It was made in L.A., of course It was made with the US in mind.

garcet71283 - 2010-07-17

These stars are for all the people above me who need to turn in their firearm and poeTV badge. You are all off the force.

spikestoyiu - 2010-07-19

I feel like I'm responsible for all of this and I apologize profusely.

garcet71283 - 2010-07-21

You should feel responsible. This entire comment needs a shave.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2010-07-16

If you don't feel like watching the whole clip, at the very least watch the Jazzercise it takes to slowly move a rock across the screen at 2 minutes in.

urbanelf - 2010-07-16

Are you sure the rock and the Jazzercize aren't two unrelated events? It wasn't clear to me.

Dread Pirate Roberts - 2010-07-16

Definitely got a loud laugh out of me. (I read your comment before watching this, so it was more apparent)

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-07-16

Every time I want to talk about something else in this clip, all of the words get replaced with words describing that part.

StanleyPain - 2010-07-16

So, an entire race of people who can use the earth as a weapon were enslaved and oppressed by a race of people who need fire to be nearby to use their powers?

baleen - 2010-07-16

M Nite Shenanigans strikes agayne!

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

The race of people who can use earth as a weapon were imprisoned in what looks to be a mine or a really big ditch. Brilliant!

Riskbreaker - 2010-07-16

Shyamalan still has a script for a movie already done, and i think he will make another couple of movies too. Fucking hollywood, how does it work.

spikestoyiu - 2010-07-16

The trailer for "Devil" is already online. He wrote it, didn't direct it. Looks dumb.

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

Sequels might actually happen, if you can believe that. This one cost 0M to make, and they spent another 130 on advertising, which is a lot to recoup. It only made about 0M domestically, but it's popular world-wide. It's also inclusive/aimed at kids, so you can expect DVD sales to be huge regardless of the ratings. And there is a toy line. Chances are good that it will at least break even, and if they make a few changes the producer types might be optimistic about sequels.

Hey, they were stupid enough to make this one, right?

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

Oh, and there's a video game. Of course there is.

StanleyPain - 2010-07-16

His name WAS all over the marketing for Devil, but the studio promptly had it all removed and/or toned way down after the reaction to Airbender.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2010-07-16

He didn't even write it, he just came up with the idea

RomancingTrain - 2010-07-16

Get the name right; the full name of his next movie is "The Night Chronicles: Devil."

StanleyPain - 2010-07-17

They remvoed the Night Chronicles part because the studio is now not sure they want to give the impression they will be funding multiple M Night projects.


RomancingTrain - 2010-07-17

I am honestly surprised by this turn of events. This is what made them distance themselves from him? The scene is bad, but nothing can top the repugnant vanity of the part he wrote for himself in Lady In The Water.

Camonk - 2010-07-16

You are amazing people! You are good enough! You have the power to change your life! Let me tell you about for only twenty platinum pieces or whatever this dumbass world uses for money. Beads?

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-07-16


BHWW - 2010-07-16

Because you are made of earth! And to the earth shall you return!

ogmisce - 2010-07-16

what a load of garbage. who, at any point in the production line, was even REMOTELY satisfied with this shit??

IrishWhiskey - 2010-07-16

I swear, I thought this was a theater group's home production of Avatar until the special effects started. At which point it was upgraded to "unlicensed South American DVD release" quality.

I can't think of a single aspect of cinema that this short scene doesn't completely mangle.

Kumquatxop - 2010-07-18

It honestly watches like a Turkish bootleg kung fu movie with Lord of the Rings music pasted over it

Meerkat - 2010-07-16

It's as if Legolas were 50 times gayer and teabagged some fat redneck kid with a crewcut, and that redneck kid wrote a movie script in which he expressed all his rage and revenge fantasies, while still not really understanding where his parents disappear to for 8 hours during weekdays.

Lies, lies, LIES! - 2010-07-16

So. Two hours of that. Huh.

memedumpster - 2010-07-16

This has got to be the worst fan film I have ever seen a clip from. The people don't react at all to copious amount of burning dirt being thrown in their faces, as if the director had no ability to inspire them to imagine it's real.

I'm so glad this guy never makes real movies.

Buggerman - 2010-07-16

All Airbenders should be dead... KILL HIM!

**stand around and wait for 1 rock to hit you slowly, then run away.**

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-07-16

He said it like some protocol had been violated.

Dread Pirate Roberts - 2010-07-16

God, this kind of makes me want to see this now. I heard it was bad, but no one told me it was THIS bad. I love watching shitty movies and laughing at them. This looks like a riot.

Binro the Heretic - 2010-07-16

In the cartoon, The earth benders had all been moved to an offshore platform prison made entirely of metal so they couldn't use their powers. Aang finally convinced them to fight back even without their powers, but it turned out they were able to "bend" the coal used to fuel the prison's furnaces.

When the firebenders tried to use fire against the coal, they set the coal on fire making it an even more dangerous weapon in the earthbenders' hands. Needless to say, the earthbenders won their freedom.

Also, the warden of the prison was voiced by GEORGE FUCKING TAKAEI.

The live action film looks massively stupid and bad.

Nikon - 2010-07-16

That sounds badass. I might have to check that out.

Vaidency - 2010-07-16

Your description on the scene from the cartoon sounds far better in concept, and I can't imagine it not also being better in execution.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2010-07-16

Avatar is unironically a good cartoon, it beats the pants off of anything I watched as a kid. The first season isn't nearly as good as the last two because it's introducing and establishing so many series, but once it gets good it gets really good.

Binro the Heretic - 2010-07-16

The humor was as good as the action.

"The king is throwing a birthday celebration for his pet bear. We need to sneak in."

"You mean a platypus-bear or an armadillo-bear?"

"No...it's just a...bear."

Later that evening as one guest expresses his disappointment with the party, his companion rebukes him.

"You don't know what I had to do to get us seats this close to the bear!"

Xenocide - 2010-07-16

It's kind of ridiculous how good Avatar turned out. The premise doesn't seem all that impressive and it probably was only greenlit so Nickelodeon could have something Asian-flavored to compete with Naruto.

But holy crap, did it exceed expectations.

The movie, on the other hand, is probably the worst wide-release film so far this century. But it's a Shamalan film, so it also exceeded expectations.

IrishWhiskey - 2010-07-16

The movie's one redeeming quality is that if got me to watch the TV show. I started two weeks ago, and plan on seeing the finale tonight. More than once it struck me that the writing was up to par with some of the best TV shows I can think of, especially the way they carefully plotted three seasons of epic fantasy to focus on character development. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it streamed from Netflix, as they give away free monthly subscriptions all over the place.

takewithfood - 2010-07-16

And the creators had the courage to end the show when the story was over. I'm sure they were offered giant piles of money to come up with another season or five, but they didn't sell out.

mantang0 - 2010-07-17

irishwhiskey can't think of many tv shows.

dead_cat - 2010-07-18

It WAS a surprisingly good example of children's fare that wasn't shitty. I still don't understand why it needed a movie adaptation when the series itself seemed to have pretty much covered everything, and done a decent job of it.

dead_cat - 2010-07-18

Also those stars are for this clip being so amazingly terrible that I would have assumed it was a joke or a film school project if I hadn't seen it before.

FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2010-07-18

Do you ever think about suicide, Binro?

lustygoat - 2010-07-16

every time they say something about bending, I just picture Bender

FABIO - 2010-07-17

It's like all the original footage was destroyed in some freak accident. Panicking, Knight remembers a "behind the scenes making of" crew had been hanging around with a single camera. He confiscates their footage, despite being only a single long, poorly shot take, and uses it for the final film.

That has to be it.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2010-07-17

This is truly the "Timechasers" of 2010.

I imagine audiences are laughing at this all the way through due to the large proportion of them that were dragged there against their will.

Cheese - 2010-07-17

I had no idea it could be so bad.

A Jumping Spider! - 2010-07-17

I can't stop laughing.

I am going to see this movie.

plaid_knight - 2010-07-17

Oh, that's a relief. I was afraid the movie was going to be bad.

astropod five - 2010-07-17

This should have gone straight to video. Not DVD. VHS.

CornOnTheCabre - 2010-07-21

Wow. Yeah, maybe he SHOULD kill himself.

oswaldtheluckyrabbit - 2010-07-23

"I ran away, but I'm back now"

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