Monday, January 09, 2023

Original 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Cast Reunites in-Costume as the Gaang

The cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender reunite in-costume, reciting some of their most memorable lines from Nickelodeon's beloved animated show.

The cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender recently reunited at SacAnime and actors Mae Whitman and Dante Basco showed the event off by gathering their former co-stars and getting them to repeat one of their most memorable lines from the show. Making it that much better was the fact that many of them appeared in costume as their respective Team Avatar members.

Whitman, who played Katara; and Basco, who played Prince Zuko, shared a short clip and a photo of the reunion on social media. First appearing in the clip was Basco, not in costume, saying, "I must regain my honor." Next was actor Jennie Kwan as Suki, who said, "You can be strong and feminine at the same time." She was followed by Olivia Hack as Ty Lee with "My aura has never been pinker!" Then came actor Greg Baldwin, dressed as Iroh, saying, "If you look for the light, you will often find it." Cricket Leigh appeared as Mai, saying, "I love Zuko more than I fear you."

James Sie appeared dressed as the Cabbage Merchant, followed by Jack De Sena, who jokingly misquoted Sokka saying, "Love is brightest in the dark," before offering up, "Water Tribe!" Next was actor Michaela Jill Murphy (referred to as Jessie Flower in the show's credits) dressed as Toph. She said, "Look, there it is! That's what it'll sound like when one of you spots it," topping it off with the hand gesture. Last, but not least, there was actor Grey DeLisle, armored up as Azula, saying, "You're banished from the Fire Nation for all time!"

This reunion at SACAnime was definitely unexpected for fans, but it is great to see the gang together once more. It isn't every day you get to reunite with old friends, after all, and it is even rarer for actors to reunite like this with their busy schedules.

Photos: Mae Whitman/Instagram

Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered in 2005, introducing audiences to the Four Nations-- with each nation revolving around one of four elements, each inspired by an East Asian culture and people. The series continues to receive praise for tackling serious issues, including genocide, colonialism, loss and different philosophies, among other things. The series came to an end in 2008 after three seasons, with Avatar Aang defeating Fire Lord Ozai and restoring peace to the world. In 2012, Nickelodeon premiered The Legend of Korra, which returned to the world of Avatar years after Aang’s death to follow Korra, his successor as Avatar. That series ran between 2012-2014. Both shows have since continued in best-selling graphic novel series.

ATLA's Lasting Impact, Explained

Avatar: The Last Airbender managed to become an animated show for all ages during its three-season run, catering to many demographics by maintaining its quirky humor while never shying away from important and more mature topics such as genocide, imperialism, the psychological impacts of war, and others. Avatar: The Last Airbender's lovable, unique, and complex characters also went a long way in appealing to viewers, who were thrilled to see a few of those figures, like Toph, return in The Legend of Korra. While Avatar: The Last Airbender was a hit when it first aired, it found a second life through streaming, which allowed established fans to relive the nostalgia as well as introducing the story to a new generation of viewers.

The Four Nations Expand With Avatar Studios

The show's longevity makes it of little surprise that multiple projects within the franchise are being developed, including a highly anticipated live-action Netflix series, which many hope will correct the mistakes of the 2010 The Last Airbender movie. Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have also reunited for several projects in the show's universe, the first of which is animated sequel movie to the show focusing on the beloved characters as adults. While nothing has been confirmed regarding the original voice actors returning for the animated film - although Basco is expected to reprise his role as Fire Prince Zuko - it's clear from the above that they still deeply appreciate their time on Avatar: The Last Airbender. Set for release in 2025, the adult Gaang movie it will kick off a packed slate of new shows and films exploring the Four Nations.

Will Any Original ATLA Stars Return For The Netflix Show?

As for the live-action Netflix series, Sie was previously confirmed to be returning to his comic relief role as the Cabbage Merchant in the upcoming show. Besides Sie, Netflix will tell a new story with a completely different live-action cast, which is fitting since most of the show's characters are children and the voice cast have since grown up. Hopefully, opportunities for the original Avatar: The Last Airbender voice cast to reprise their roles will appear as the animated ATLA universe continues to expand.

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