Avatar: The Last Airbender (the series) 2005- 2008
Director: a ton of people
Written: a ton of people
Created by: Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
Voiced by: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, rufio from hook, and Mako
um, where to begin..... with the disappearance of the avatar, master of all four elements, the fire nation begins a war. the avatar (aang) is found frozen in ice along with his flying buffalo, apa, a hundred years later by katara and sokka, brother and sister, of the southern water tribe. they are hunted and tracked throughout the world by banished fire nation prince zuko, who is trying to regain his honor by capturing the avatar and presenting him to the firelord, his father, ozai. turns out aang ran away from his avatar duties before he had learned the three other elements (he's an airbender, hence the title) so the series follows aang learning the ways of the other elements, with katara, and sokka in tow while the fire nation tries to capture them. it ends with a battle to defeat the firelord, bringing peace to the world
this is a great show. mostly for kids, admittedly, but there are a lot of great parts to the whole. it's funny, it's action, it's just a great story...with a beginning, and an ending, which is rare with american cartoons. the first season is a little too kid centered for me. the episodes all have a moral, and the end goal, for the season, is not really made clear until the last couple of episodes. it's mostly their journey to the northern water tribe and the hi-jinx that happens along the way. the second season, in my opinion, was the best. it was much darker, with more responsibility weighing on aang's shoulders. it seems to me the writers fell into a stride and were comfortable enough with the characters to push the storylines in a better direction and be a little more edgy with more adult concepts. the end of the season also ends with a defeat for the good guys which is awesome. i think it shows balls and stand up character for a kid's show to do that. and the last season, is also great, but i felt like it was a little rushed to resolve everything. the second to last episode was also a sort of recap show with the cast of characters watching their story unfold in a play. it was, in moster's opinion, a commentary on what they thought about the transformation of the series to movie form. i think that is inaccurate, but funny, none the less.
i'm glad i watched it. i'm sad i finished it. now what will i watch during nap time or bath time?