Because fans should be critical, too

Announcement: New Page for Research Material

While I have no delusions of this re-vamped Avatar: the Last Airbender retrospective becoming some kind of professional thing (i.e., no MLA citations), as I’m amassing all of these articles and interviews, I figure it would be a good idea to create a specific spot on this blog where it can all be collected and viewed for easy reference, by myself and anyone interested who’s interested. There is a lot of great stuff out there and more seems to pop up every other week (just two weeks ago, Nick Animation’s Youtube channel posted an interview of co-creator Bryan Konietzko and co-composer Jeremy Zuckerman discussing the music of Avatar and The Legend of Korra).

Hopefully, if time allows, this new page will be implemented by the end of this week, and all this great material can slowly be compiled onto it. Who knows, maybe some people would like to contribute to the reference pool with interesting articles and/or interviews they’ve come across themselves. Rosemont, a long-time follower, frequently links me interesting articles and posts relevant to Avatar and animation in general (including just recently linking an article on the declining quality of Disney animated features up to Moana).

In the meantime, I’m busy with this and other projects (and my day job, ugh). So stay tuned and thanks once again for your patience. And Happy Valentine’s Day!

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4 responses

  1. Ian

    Awesome! I’m really looking forward to seeing what new insights and discussions can be brought to the table by discussing avatar and korra side by side. Thanks for the update Marshall as I was starting to wonder how things were progressing 🙂

    February 15, 2017 at 12:26 am

  2. Rosemont

    Good luck with your day job and your research, and again, thank you for the lovely shout-out.

    February 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

  3. Rosemont

    Something really interesting about villains, Doug Walker and Lindsay Ellis made videos around the same time on the subject of the declining quality of Disney villains:

    They seemed to really get to the heart of why certain types of villains don’t work, depending on the context of a film’s story. The comments on their videos liked to bring up the villains of Disney’s recent TV shows, which seemed to fit the bill of the classic, evil-for-the-sake-of-evil mold, such as Bill Cipher & Lord Dominator. I’d say that the former is more effective by virtue of being connected to the main characters through their relatives plus gradual buildup, while the latter is weak due to a nonexistent motivation, botched timing, and a minimal connection to the hero except as a pawn in his matchmaking scheme (until the very end of the show).

    March 2, 2017 at 11:18 am

  4. Rosemont

    I don’t know if you’ll cover the typical cartoon sitcom format again, but this video on the Simpsons’ decline and the disconnect between the writers and the audience’s attachment to characters seemed interesting.

    March 7, 2017 at 7:42 am

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