Friday, April 24, 2020

Netflix USA to Add 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Animated Series on Friday, May 15

Rest easy, your cabbages are safe. Netflix has announced that all three seasons of Nickelodeon's iconic animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender are heading to the streaming platform next month. Yip yip!

Netflix revealed on Twitter that Avatar: The Last Airbender is finally getting a new streaming home on Friday, May 15.

The series has been notoriously hard to watch online in the U.S. (it’s available on Netflix in the UK, Canada, and Japan). Even though The Legend of Korra is on CBS All Access, Avatar: The Last Airbender has only been on Amazon Prime’s Nickelodeon channel, NickHits.

Don’t forget, Netflix is still working on its live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, though we haven’t got much news about it lately.

The news follows the M. Night Shyamalan’s widely-panned live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender being added to Netflix earlier this month (April) - and instantly becoming one of the streaming service's most streamed movies!

2020 also marks the 15th anniversary of Avatar: The Last Airbender’s debut on Nickelodeon.

Avatar: The Last Airbender arriving on Netflix couldn’t come at a better time. I’m pretty sure at least half of us are at risk of giving ourselves an Azula haircut from being stuck inside for so long.

Avatar: The Last Airbender arrives on Netflix May 15. Protect your cabbages.

Created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and airing between 2005 and 2008, the critically-acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in world people can manipulate the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, and they lived peacefully in different regions until one of the nations started a world war. One master who can manipulate all four elements, dubbed the "Avatar," had been able to prevent this war, but disappeared soon after. 100 years later, a new Avatar named Aang awakens and sets out on a journey to master all the elements in order to bring peace to the land once more by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

The series managed to be such a hit with fans by combining amazing animated action set pieces with three dimensional interesting characters set in this magical fantasy world.

The animated series originally aired for 61 episodes over three seasons ("Books") originally on Nickelodeon, where it began in February 2005 and concluded in July 2008. The series was nominated for—and won—Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award.

Its success led to the creation of adjacent consumer products, including video games, and a follow-up series, The Legend of Korra, that returned to the world of Avatar years after Aang’s death to follow Korra, his successor as Avatar. That series ran between 2012-2014. In 2010, the series got its first feature-length film, The Last Airbender.

The stories of both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have since continued on in graphic novel series.

Netflix will be putting out an Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series from original creators DiMartino and Konietzko sometime in the future, with filming set to begin this year. The streaming giant has said that it plans to stay true to the location and “background heritage” of the animated series after the 2010 film failed to do so.

Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment released the Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection in February 2020.

More Nick: Netflix to Host Open Casting Call for Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series!

Originally published: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 23:03 BST.

Original source: io9.
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