So, Avatar: The Last Airbender came to Netflix a couple weeks ago and everybody is either discovering or re-discovering it’s awesomeness. I don’t have time to watch the whole series again — though I should probably make time — so I’m just going to settle for the new Honest Trailer.
Man, that really was a great show. I should make time to watch it again.
I have watched cartoons for my entire life. As a child in the 1980s, I was the perfect target for the glut of toy commercial cartoons that filled the airwaves (and now our movie screens). The ’90s saw not only the rise of Fox Kids and after school cartoons, but also the coming of The Simpsons and prime time animated entertainment. I sat through Nicktoons, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and now I’m basking in a golden age of smart, intelligent and often amazing cartoons like BoJack Horseman and Steven Universe.
So through all these long years, which ones are my all-time favorites?
By popular demand, I’ve finally sat down and figured out my six favorite cartoon shows of all time — at least for this week. This list is subject to change on a whim, but I think it’s pretty rooted in solid cartoon enjoyment. I had to dig deep on this one, and it pained me to cast some of my favorites into the ‘Honorable Mentions’ at the bottom. But these six are truly some of the greats.
For the sake of my sanity and memory, we’re sticking to television cartoon shows. There are plenty of animated movies and web cartoons that are genius, but we’ll save those for another day, perhaps. And please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments below!
Oh Internet, I love you so much! Check out the video to see the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender created like the Game of Thrones opening credits!
This is a thing of beauty! Perfectly animated, perfectly built; ryantheram719 has done a pretty great job.
I can’t be the only one who hasn’t been all that impressed with the Legend of Korra, right? Every season has essentially been the same, and none of it has been all that great. It’s nowhere near the grand scale and majesty of The Last Airbender. Korra tries, don’t get me wrong, but meh.
Anyway, Nickelodeon is rushing out the final season online next week, and they’ve dropped a sizable trailer. I can’t say as how I’m all that impressed by the trailer, since it’s basically just a bunch of random people bending. The final season is set 3 years after the last one, so it’s also kind of hard to tell characters apart, since some of the kids have grown into puberty. Which one is Korra and which one is Jinora? Also, stay until the very end for the reveal of a nice cameo.
Looks to me like metal-benders are going to be the new Big Bad of the season, and that’s my problem with Legend of Korra in a nutshell: every season is about some new evil person stepping up, and then Korra and her friends struggling all season until they finally pull out a win. The three seasons of The Last Airbender told one massive, epic story, that rightfully focused on he personal and spiritual growth of its characters until they were ready to save the world. Legend of Korra is all about Korra and her dumb friends chasing after a bad guy until the final episode, where she pulls out the win because that’s how this works. There’s been very little personal growth for any character over three seasons, let alone the world as a whole.
I’m gonna watch Season 4, no doubt, but more out of duty than an actual desire to see what happens.
Sadly, this is just a wordless teaser trailer, so we can’t much tell what the heck is going on…and there is surprisingly little Korra.
But who’s complaining? Bring on Season 3! Though if I’m being completely honest with myself and you, my loyal Internet readers, I’ve mostly been let down with Legend of Korra as a whole. It’s a fine show, I suppose, but it comes up lacking in probably every comparison to The Last Airbender. I’m also disappointed that the entire show isn’t more serialized. Each season is, sure, but Last Airbender was a three-season epic quest to save the world. In Legend of Korra, the bad guys politely wait their turn for each season.