Nickelodeon’s upcoming Avatar-based film series: The Last Airbender will be copied using CGI. The Avatar franchise received a major revival last year – largely due to the coronavirus – from viewers looking for something to watch while confined to their homes. Fans and critics alike praised the series for its celebration of Asian culture and for its commitment to accurate planning and promotion of martial arts strategies.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie
The first animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series ran from 2005 to 2008 and was animated using traditional 2D images. This has been a major factor in considering the quantity and care of the program exhibitors who have invested in accurately promoting the collaborative art of the exhibition art show. However, in the years following the first launch of Avatar in Nickelodeon, major 2D films have fallen by the side of leading animation studios such as Disney and Dreamworks which almost exclusively produced films using 3D images. It looks now that the next wave of Avatar will follow.
In a recent interview with ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon chief executive Brian Robbins says the upcoming Avatar film series will be highlighted using CGI. Although Avatar Studios has not yet said anything official about its upcoming projects, Robbins confirms that the studio is “on track to progress in the CG film series and the new Avatar series.” See Robbins’ full comment below:
And one of the biggest projects we are working on, ahead of theater is Avatar. We have signed an agreement to bring back the original Avatar: The Last Airbender creators to the studios. They started Avatar Studios, and are on their way to development in the CG film series and the new Avatar series.
Although Robbins did not elaborate on his statement, the fact that he split CG films in the new Avatar series should be noted. Depending on the size of his language, it is possible that 3D animation style will be featured in Avatar films and the upcoming series could continue to be drawn in 2D. However, it is equally possible that Robbins simply missed out and both projects will be copied using the same style; there is not enough information to clearly confirm any approach to this point.
It would be a shame for Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise from its 2D roots. As the creators of the show repeatedly repeat it, Avatar is heavily influenced by the animated style of Japanese animation of the anime. From 2D animations can be a complete overhaul of this feature. While there is quite a gap in the future slide for additional animation testing projects, 2D animation should remain a franchise structure for as long as possible.