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SDCC2008: "Avatar" Panel Report

by on July 26, 2008

Toon Zone sat in on the panel for Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, which was dominated by a screening of parts 3 and 4 of the “Sozin’s Comet” season finale. In attendance were show co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and director Joaquim Dos Santos. The panel was moderated by Roland Poindexter, VP Original Programming, Animation.

The screening received a standing ovation from the audience, and the panelists noted that 5.6 million people watched the last episode of Avatar. They added that the series will be run in order on Nicktoons very soon, and stated that this is not the last time Avatar will have a panel at Comic-Con. In response to a question, the creators confirmed that the skill learned from the lion turtle can be performed more than once.

They set out to make a show that they wanted to watch and worked for kids, teenagers and adults. The show was also always designed to be a trilogy.

They’re working to get a soundtrack to the show released, but there’s nothing confirmed yet.

An audience member asked if there was any truth to the rumor that they were signed for six seasons. Bryan confirmed this rumor was false, although there was a parody “Book 4: Air” trailer shown that used badly animated fan art from the Internet.

An audience member asked if they would ever resolve where Zuko’s mother is, and was told that they hope to some day.

The live-action movie is also to be a straight re-interpretation of Book 1.

(Return to Toon Zone’s San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Complete Coverage)
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