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AtLA [Apr. 27th, 2011|09:10 pm]
Beemer
So Jerry and I finally finished watching Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Late to the party, but yeah. It's really, really good. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's available on Netflix (streaming, even), and yes, it's 30-some hours total, but I think it's worth the time.

The thing is, even though it's "a kid's show", there's no skimping on storytelling, and the creators give the audience credit for being smart and well-read. A lot of credit. Here's an example from the final episode:

In the final series of battles, there were a bunch of interesting things going on with the score. Lots of moods other than just 'dramatic'. And during the battle between Aang and Firelord Ozai, when Aang goes all avatar-mode? It sounds a hell of a lot like Koyaanisqatsi, by Philip Glass. And "koyaanisqatsi" means "life out of balance". Which is a really interesting non-verbal commentary on what's going on with the story at that point. And I don't think that's at all accidental.

So yeah. For kids, but not only for kids.
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[User Picture]From: mellowtigger
2011-04-28 12:32 pm (UTC)
I've never been a Philip Glass listener, so I didn't recognize that metaphor during the show. I agree, though, that the whole series is very nice. I've watched the final episodes many times when they air reruns on cable tv.
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[User Picture]From: nafe
2011-04-28 02:26 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I watched the whole thing in a sprint last year, and loved it.

So does my 10-yr-old nephew.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2011-04-28 07:54 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the episode of World of Pub with the fake Philip Glass song?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2011-04-28 08:40 pm (UTC)
I have not! Pointer?
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2011-04-28 08:45 pm (UTC)
Huh. They've put it online.

http://vimeo.com/14211312

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2011-04-30 04:33 am (UTC)
Cor blimey and stone me, that IS quite Glassian.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2011-04-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
I was shocked for a moment, then realized you didn't mean the recent movie. ;)
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