Thursday, July 28, 2022

Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Casts Original Voice Actor to Play Cabbage Merchant

James Sie voiced the Cabbage Merchant in the original animated series.

MY CABBAGES! That is a sound that any Avatar: The Last Airbender can hear perfectly in their head and those fans will get a chance to hear it all again soon. In a post from Avatar News, it has been revealed that voice actor James Sie will be reprising his role as the fan-favorite character, Cabbage Merchant, in Netflix’s live-action reimagining of the animated series!

In the original animated series, the Cabbage Merchant was a running gag that appeared several times across the first two seasons. The Cabbage Merchant was a poor and misfortuned vendor from Earth kingdom who would often find himself, and his cabbages, in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the gag, the main characters would frequently accidentally destroy his cart full of cabbages. This would often provoke what became the character’s iconic catchphrase “my cabbages!” This ranges from having his cabbages destroyed while trying to enter Omashu, having his cart destroyed by Aang and his friends riding the Omashu delivery system, and even having his cart destroyed while waiting for the ferry to Ba Sing Se. Since the series aired, the character has become a favorite part of the show’s extensive list of recurring characters. The Cabbage Merchant's legacy continues past Avatar: The Last Airbender, as the Cabbage Merchant's son (also voiced by Sie) appears in The Legend of Korra as the CEO of Cabbage Corp.

The character has proved so popular that he even received his own Funko Pop! figure and board game.

Sie is an actor who has had an extensive career as a voice actor. Outside the Avatar franchise, audiences likely know his voice. He voiced the title character in the cartoon Jackie Chan Adventures, Kwan in Danny Phantom, and voiced multiple characters in shows like Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and King of the Hill. Sie has also appeared in movies like How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

It is currently unknown how many episodes Sie is set to appear in, although if the animated series is anything to go by, there will be a lot of opportunities to destroy his cabbages in the quest to save the world. Sie is joining the already announced cast of Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio Tarbell, Ian Ousley, Daniel Dae Kim, Dallas Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu, and Ken Leung. Sie has been vocal in the past about his eagerness to reprise his beloved role in the live-action series.

Fans of the original animated series are, understandably, worried about a live-action adaptation of the beloved show. Famously, there was a 2010 attempt to adapt it into a film that was poorly received. However, Sie’s involvement in this new adaptation could be a good sign. One of the biggest problems that fans had with the film if that it didn’t have a lot of respect for the series and wasn’t very accurate to what made the series so beloved in the first place. So, this new Netflix series not only including the Cabbage Merchant, a fan favorite character with an adored gag, but bringing back the original voice actor, could be a sign of good things to come.

Aside from being an accomplished actor, Sie is also an author, with his most recent novel, All Kinds of Other, published in May 2021.

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Original source: Collider; Additional source: ScreenRant.

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