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Maybe Aang Was the Second-to-Last Airbender

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?From Cartoon Snap, a job watch site for the animation industry:

Nickelodeon Animation Studio is
looking for several artists for its newest show, tentatively titled,
Untitled Avatar the Last Airbender Project!
We are looking for one, or multiple, of the following:

Yes, you’re reading that corrected — Nickelodeon is apparently ready to make another Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon. Given the attention the live-action movie will be bringing to the property — for good or ill — this just makes good sense. However, will this cartoon be a continuation of the adventures of Aang and Team Avatar, or a whole new series set in the Avatar world? I’m betting the latter, because given the original series’ commitment to storytelling, I doubt they’d go back to Aang unless they figured out a really compelling new story to tell — although  now that I say this, I have no idea if the original creators are actually involved. I certainly hope so.

Actually, I had one thought, and I doubt it’s true — you know how popular anime series generally get abridged movies made of them? Like Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, etc. What if the Avatar guys were making movies of the show, like one animated movie for each book/season, just because they knew M. Night Shyamalan was going to fuck it up? I can’t decide if that would be more funny or sad. Both, really. Thanks to Gleeman for the tip.

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