That's all Aaron praised here. In the animated series, every character would likely be considered a person of color. "While we were working on Book 1 of Korra, Bryan and I pitched a TV movie version of the search for Zuko’s mom to Nickelodeon," Michael Dante DiMartino stated. Appa was also supposed to have large spiral horns, but the creators decided that they would be too difficult to animate by hand. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. Once I was on-board, Mike and I came up with this idea that she was beating up all these big wrestler-type guys, and now I love her. During test screenings, though, boys said they didn’t care that Korra was a girl. Eventually, a combination of brainstorming, development, and one forgotten drawing of Konietzko's that later became Aang, they created the basis for Avatar: The Last Airbender. AE: You know, sadly I have seen some rumors and even some fake interviews that claimed to speak with me. In The Art of the Animated Series, Konietzko detailed, "Mike and I went back to square one. The Mothers- 2. Where does he deny it? If it makes any sense, it is less a decision than a journey of discovery with the characters leading the way. People say he didn't want to keep going but he explicitly says that B&M wanted three seasons only. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. It represented and drew upon multiple cultures throughout the world, allowing the story and the character to be Eastern-centric. However, Zuko did not become part of the show until late in development. Many an internet war has been fought over this, so is it at all possible for you to confirm or deny these unsourced rumors once and for all, straight from the ostrich horse’s mouth? Regarding “Zutara” theories, I have to say that I don’t tend to “ship” characters, because that could lead to biases and contrivances in the writing. The fact that in the AMA and this interview he keeps emphasizing "some" interviews are fake (which also implies some are real, otherwise he'd just plain and easy say all are fake). is the question that haunted everyone who watched Avatar: The Last Airbender for years. He has been involved in the video gaming industry, having served as Creative Director at Riot Games. If not for Nickelodeon, the search for Zuko's mother would have hit television in its full animated glory. Despite the creator denials, Mae Whitman and Dante Basco, the voice actors for Katara and Zuko still think the two should be together on Twitter. But then Mike said, 'Where are we going to put all of these giant creatures in every episode?' In the same year he also wrote an episode of the American version of Sit Down, Shut Up. Shutdown to crybabies on youtube across the globe. His wife did something similar in the TSR episode. 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", Thankfully, Griffin did get the chance to audition and impressed them with the chilling performance that audiences love. Though it's hard to imagine the show outside of its near-perfection, Avatar: The Last Airbender didn't have an easy journey to become the show we love. Hopefully, this will be the live-action adaption fans have really been waiting for. M. Night Shyamalan's live-action adaption The Last Airbender was famously bad. Griffin detailed, "I think that they went out to celebrities for a long time. It's almost impossible to imagine Azula without the unsettling and authoritative voice of Grey Griffin, but she almost lost the role to someone with more star power before she ever got a chance to audition. [4], In November 2019, several female former employees of Ehasz at Riot Games and Wonderstorm accused him of asking female employees to do stereotyped female work that wasn't in their professional job descriptions and not taking the creative ideas of women seriously.[5][6]. The Korean animation staff was given a wide range of creative freedom to bring the animation to life in their own style. With the last scene, the show confirmed a romantic relationship between female leads Korra and Asami. However, when it was time to take this idea to Nickelodeon, they didn't want a show like that. This deep storytelling may seem out of place in a show marketed for children, but it was a purposeful decision. Zuko, in many ways, made Avatar: The Last Airbender the incredible show that it was. Bryan Konietzko stated, "I think we had more of a harsh character idea for him. The creators and writers drew inspiration for their characters from some surprisingly dark places. By the time the show was made, it was just Appa. Eventually, the question was answered in the graphic novel The Search, but this wasn't the form that the story was supposed to take. A one-stop shop for all things video games. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Also Korra is runny diarrhea, sorry that redundant , Korra is diarrhea that some one made after being force-fed diarrhea. If you need further proof that the fourth season rumor had merit to it, this is a confirmed interview. Head writer Aaron Ehasz explained, "If you dumb things down and oversimplify them, it might work for six- or seven-year-olds but even ten- or 11-year-olds reject things that don’t look like the world around them.". He can find it a joy to watch while theoretically disagreeing with literally every direction the show went in terms of storytelling. If these "rumors" were entirely fake he would easily shut them down like that without a second thought. Press J to jump to the feed. Bryan Konietzko explained, "Aaron Ehasz, the head writer, just really pitched that she should be a girl. Grey Griffin revealed, "The voice actress for Ty Lee, Olivia Hack, and I were just talking about how we still haven't seen the series and it's terrible, even though I feel like Azula and Ty Lee are off on some island together having a wonderfully satisfying relationship.". Aaron is never going to come out and shit on Korra even if he thought it was bad. So "Zutara planned by Aaron and killed by Bryke" confirmed. We knew that. Aaron Ehasz is being nice, is he gonna trash his former colleagues publicly? After the plot had been neatly tied up, the series finale introduced the mystery of what happened to Zuko's mother. There was a lot more to their relationship that people don’t take into account. We laid out every idea we had on the table indiscriminately." I try very hard to listen to the characters and what they tell me, and let them determine their own fates with that stuff. Even Hedrick said in the atla documentary that he thought they could go for more but it was Bryke who were stead-fast that it should end. How common of a thing is this that some (plural) can be fake and some true?! She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Anthropology, and she has a great love for media anthropology. However, sources speculated that the move related to the increasingly dark content covered by the series. And actually, I fought it for a long time, but I totally came on board, and now she’s one of my favorite characters. I think Korra is a great show overall so don't get me wrong when I say this. It was planned long before we knew that, so it just kind of worked out. The fact that in the AMA and this interview he keeps emphasizing "some" interviews are fake (which also implies some are real, otherwise he'd just plain and easy say all are fake) and here he just skips answering the Book 4 part shows that he doesn't want to stir up controversy now after all this time, but he also doesn't want to lie about it. Smh. Since the show largely drew upon Japanese anime style and the work of prominent Japanese filmmakers, co-producing with a Japanese studio would have made perfect sense. Ehasz "confirmed" the legitimacy of the interview by retweeting this tweet from korranews. Coincidence.". Avatar: The Last Airbender may be one of the most beloved shows in TV history, but it wasn't always so uplifting behind the scenes. They just said she was awesome.". In their efforts to pay proper homage and consideration to the cultures that inspired Avatar, the creators wanted to collaborate with a Japanese studio on the show. And I believe Aaron when he says he loved the show but Aaron loving the show doesn't really make it immune to legitimate criticism, does it? On the surface he denies that he wanted ZT to happen, but if you actually read through it and between the lines, it becomes clear he did not deny that he wanted a romance between these two. While he is the head writer and plays a significant role in every episode of the series, his solo credits include: In 2007 he was nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) Emmy award for his work on the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Perhaps the saddest moment in the series is the scene commemorating Mako's passing, where Iroh sings to his late son Lu Tun. Aaron Ehasz fought a long and hard battle with Bryke over introducing Toph, one of A:TLA’s most beloved characters, as a girl—and he won. When creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino attempted to continue the series in their own way with Legend of Korra, they were met with resistance and backlash about their creative choices.

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