Speculation on “The Last Airbender”

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” (not to be confused with James Cameron’s blue-hippie movie “Avatar”) is a cartoon series that spanned three seasons on Nickelodeon. It’s a witty, fun, and well-developed cartoon done in a quasi-Anime (Japanese animation) style.

M. Night Shylaman, the man behind terrific cinematic feats such as “Unbreakable” and “Signs” (as well as well-intentioned failures such as “The Happening” and “Lady in the Water”) is at the helm for “The Last Airbender,” slated for release on July 2.

I absolutely adore the show, and my 3-year-old son really enjoys it as well (even my wife likes it!). We’re very excited about the theatrical release. Here… watch the trailer, it should give you a rough idea:

(Additional footage can be seen on the previous trailer)

One thing I’ve been wondering, though, is that even though this movie will only encompass the first season (Book 1: Water), how are they cramming 20 episodes (spanning roughly 9 hours) into a 2 hour movie, without feeling rushed like some of the more recent Harry Potter movies?

Here is my speculation on what the movie will cover, based on scenes in that trailer and overall plot importance: Continue reading