Friday, March 17, 2023

Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Stunt Crew’s Toph Fan Film Resurfaces (& It’s Epic)

The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series's stunt crew’s Toph fan film resurfaces again online, highlighting Toph's epic Bending.

The stunt team behind the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender's short Toph fan film has resurfaced online, showing how the Earthbending prodigy's epic skills can be presented in a live-action series. Netflix's live-action Avatar series will adapt Nickelodeon's beloved animated series that aired from 2005 to 2008, retelling the story of the journey of the powerful Avatar Aang (Zach Tyler Eisen). Originally voiced by Jessie Flower, Toph Beifong was a young blind girl gifted with extraordinary Earthbending talents who would ultimately become one of Aang's mentors and close friends across his travels.

In a post originally uploaded to his Instagram account in November 2022, Ken Do, who is part of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation's stunt team, shared a short film that he and fellow members of the team shot prior to joining the Netflix show's production.

In the short film, Toph (Diana Tsoy) faces off against four attackers in a battle with Earthbending prowess. Alongside impressive fight choreography and a brilliant representation of how Toph perceives her opponent's movements, the short also captures the Earthbending master's personality, as she declares her brilliance against one of her fallen attackers.

While Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender is unlikely to feature Toph during its first season, the stunt crew's video has captured the excitement of longtime viwers online ahead of their first official glimpses at footage from the show. The short film's choreography not only perfectly replicates the techniques utilized by Toph and other Earthbenders, but the active camera work keeps track of the action and helps in creating an exciting and engaging sequence. As such, though Toph herself isn't part of the live-action series Team Avatar just yet, the movie gives viewers a glimpse at how the stunt team envisioned bringing Bending to life.

By sharing their own vision of live-action bending, the stunt crew has also potentially eased certain existing doubts about how a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender project could handle the series' action when compared to prior attempts. Among other poorly-received elements, M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 feature-film adaptation, The Last Airbender, drew criticism for its handling of bending during the action sequences, with the film often opting for longer, slower-paced sequences. As such, the stunt team's film feels more in line and comparable to the pace seen in Avatar: The Last Airbender's original animated scenes.

Like previous live-action adaptations of animated properties, there is skepticism surrounding Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender on whether it can faithfully adapt its source material. Beyond faithfully representing the narrative, others may also be concerned about whether the show can match the original series' creative, intricate Bending systems. However, the stunt team's epic Toph demonstration may not only reassure viewers about how the series will tackle Bending battles, but allow them to speculate how the team may bring fire, air, and water bending into live-action.

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Original source: ScreenRant.

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