Avatar: The Legend of Korra Season One


Avatar: The Legend of Korra is a 2012 American animated series that is a direct sequel to the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after the last series and the world is very different.  Medevil technology has been replaced by an industrial revolution filled with cars, streetlamps and even mass media.  The world even has a new avatar: Korra, a young woman from the water bending tribe.

In this episode we dicuss the first 13 episodes of Legend of Korra which constitutes the shows first season.  It felt like it was the show’s entire run, but it has since been confirmed that it will have another season.

You get the most out of this show if you’ve seen Avatar: The Last Airbender but it’s not required. The show can definitly stand on its own merits.  Korra, the show’s protagonist, is an awesome female character.  Heck, even her character design is awesome.  How often do you get a female character with drawn arm muscles without them being some kind of parody?  Korra looks like someone who has been trained since she was small to fight.  Her personality is great and a fun contrast to Aang’s passifism.

The creators excelled at world building in the last series and they reach new heights in this one. This is a world that is so well realized it feels like it would really work.  The effects of the industrial revolution are well integrated within the existing world.  For instance, the world now has electricity, but their power stations are fend with lightning bending.  Amusingly, lightning bending is not the stuff of legends it was in the previous series.  They must now teach it in schools.  Similiarly, Toph has went forth and taught the secret of metal bending which is now used by the police.

Some of the side characters characterization suffers from the low episode count of the first season.  Mako and Bolen, Korra’s best friends, rely a bit too much on a few key personality quirks.  Furthermore, the last two episodes of the series feel REALLY rushed.  But overall, the series was fantastic and everyone should try it out especially fans of the previous series.

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Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

Beauty and the Beast PosterBeauty and the Beast is a 1991 Disney animated film that is part of the Disney Renaissance.  It is an adaption of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.  This version is quite different from the original, but still keeps the essential themes of looking beyond the surface and not judging a book by its cover.

Melanie likes the film and Kasey doesn’t.  On one hand, it’s a very beautifully animated film that’s rich in detail.  The themes it portrays are universal and it has a good message for children to learn.   On the other hand… Belle is such a Mary Sue.  A completely and totally Mary freakin Sue.  And the couple fall deeply in love in like a week.  Sure that’s improvement upon love at first sight but…

What do you think of Beauty and the Beast? Was Kasey’s hate for Belle justified?  Do you think it portrays positive values or does it just reinforce negative gender stereotypes? Does Gaston’s friend Lafou really have a gay crush on him?   Let us know what you think!

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The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn DVD CoverEpisode  18 is here and it’s infused with UNICORN POWER! We’re reviewing the 1982 animated classic The Last Unicorn. This film was produced by Rankin/Bass for and animated by Topcraft who would later become Studio Ghibli.   The film is beautiful to look at and really shows its pedigree, especially in the hand painted backgrounds.   There are some really beautiful pastoral scenes in this film.

The Last Unicorn is the story  of a unicorn who one day finds out that she may be the last unicorn in the world.   She goes on a quest to discover if this is true and if it is, to free the rest of the unicorns.   It’s a fairly simple setup but the characters are very well developed and bring a depth to this animated film that isn’t often seen in english produced productions.

Thanks  for requesting this  episode  Doe and Monica!

Links:
Buy a Signed Copy of The Last Unicorn novel by Peter S. Beagle!
History of Topcraft/Studio Ghibli
 

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Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

Rainbow Brite Movie PosterThis episode  I review the  1985 cartoon movie classic Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.

Yes, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.

Yes, I have lost my mind.

Rainbow Brite is based on as series of hallmark cards about a little girl who controls rainbows and is in charge of all of the colors on earth.   There is also a television series from the eighties that is filled with almost as much crack as this 85 minute movie. Seriously, this thing is cracktastic.   It has pink sparkly mind control robots, a little girl who can breathe in space, a talking robot jet pack horse, and an evil plan to STEAL AN ENTIRE PLANET.

This episode is only half the length of a normal episode because we only had half the hosts. No matter how much I may love the sound of my own voice, I wasn’t able to record a full length episode on my own.   Melanie was having computer problems and was unable to record the episode with me so I decided to record it by myself.   Because I’m so dedicated.   And hardcore.   Hardcore Rainbow Brite Watching. It’s just how I roll.

Also, Melanie hates me now because she watched this movie for no reason. Ha ha.

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