Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver have already dabbled in comic book adaptations by executive producing The Boys for Amazon Prime. But now the gang from Point Grey Pictures is getting back together for an even bigger comic book franchise.
Nickelodeon has announced that the trio behind the likes of Neighbors, This Is The End, Good Boys, and Sausage Party has been brought in to develop and create an all-new computer animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which will mark the first-ever fully CG theatrical production from Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Read More »
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is the latest big studio pic to skip theaters entirely and head directly to digital. But there’s a twist! Instead of arriving this year, which would seem to make the most sense, Sponge on the Run won’t arrive until 2021. The movie was originally set to open in theaters next month before being pushed to August, but now it’ll skip theaters – and 2020 – entirely.
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The Smurfs are making a comeback.
The little blue animated creatures evidently can’t stay out of the limelight for long. A new report says that children’s television network Nickelodeon has licensed the global rights to The Smurfs franchise, and is “planning an original CG-animated Smurfs Nickelodeon series for 2021.”
And that’s not all: the world is about to be inundated with Smurf merch. ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon’s parent company, has a consumer products division that will be releasing “a new product line for the animated series featuring toys, stationery, apparel and accessories, home, consumer packaged goods and more” in countries like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Malaysia starting in 2022. Get the details about the upcoming Smurfs TV series below. Read More »
SpongeBob Squarepants, a franchise that refuses to ever go away, will give fans something to look forward to this June. The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special will reunite the cast for a virtual table read of several favorite scenes that were picked by fans. Voting is still underway, so if you have a favorite scene you’d like to see make the cut, here’s your chance.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: “Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” So begins the beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Set in a fantasy world where people have the ability to manipulate the elements through a technique called “bending,” Avatar: The Last Airbender follows 12-year-old Aang, an airbender and the latest reincarnation of the Avatar, the lone person with the ability to control all four elements. Discovered frozen in the ice by two siblings from the Southern Water Tribe, Katara and Sokka, Aang finds out that he has been missing for 100 years, during which time the Fire Nation has waged a violent war against the other nations. Now it’s Aang’s duty to master the other three elements and stop the Fire Nation before it conquers the world.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Many essays have been written about the rich world-building and the tremendous character work of Avatar: The Last Airbender (including some by yours truly). But what I want to talk about is how this animated children’s show sensitively handles the deep wounds and everlasting consequences of war.
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Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when Avatar: The Last Airbender went off the air. The superb Nickelodeon animated series left a massive hole in many fans’ lives, and even more so when it became increasingly harder to stream the series. But finally, after so many long years, Avatar: The Last Airbender is back on U.S. Netflix.
It’s fitting that the epic anime-inspired fantasy series would hit Netflix on the 15th anniversary of Avatar: The Last Airbender. So to celebrate the arrival of Avatar: The Last Airbender on this, the 15th of May, on the 15th anniversary of the show’s premiere, here are the 15 best episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Spoilers ahead for Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is hitting U.S. Netflix next month, after the beloved Nickelodeon series had been available on the streamer in other regions for years. But it was only a matter of time before Avatar: The Last Airbender returned to Netflix in the U.S., with the streamer developing a live-action remake of the series from original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, kids all around the United States are home from school for the foreseeable future. But some of the younger ones may not fully understand exactly why they’re home, and some parents may not be sure how to best explain it to them. Nickelodeon wants to help with #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an hour-long special offering “a kid’s-eye view of life today amid the COVID-19 outbreak.” We’re not sure how you’ll get kids to sit still for an hour to watch something like this, but maybe having Frozen star Kristen Bell hosting the special will help. Read More »
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When Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005, there were no signs to indicate it was anything other than a silly kid’s cartoon beyond its richly imaginative world and the painstaking research that went into preserving the east and southeast Asian cultural influences. It was goofy, wacky, with a broad humor and even broader characters that were easy to categorize: the mother figure, the kid, the comic relief. The low-stakes adventures that the main trio went on were often neatly wrapped up in a bow by the end of the first episode, despite the looming presence of the great evil represented by the conquering Fire Nation.
But then, everything changed.
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Long ago, Nickelodeon debuted a little animated series called Avatar: The Last Airbender. And everything changed. Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted in 2005 and quickly captured the imaginations of audiences with its richly inventive world, compelling characters, and a classic story of a fight between good and evil. Created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender drew its influences from anime, Chinese martial arts, and East and Southeast Asian imagery, resulting in one of the most striking animated series on the air. But it was its lovable, complex characters that kept audiences tuning in, as Konietzko and DiMartino proved that their little kids’ show could have some of the best character writing on TV.
Now, on its 15th anniversary, Avatar: The Last Airbender is back to save the world with its first ever Blu-ray SteelBook collection. The Avatar The Last Airbender SteelBook, which contains all three seasons and a slew of special features and new artwork, arrives today.
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