What Is "The Last Airbender"?


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"The Last Airbender" is the name of a live-action movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan released in 2010. The movie was an adaptation of the first season of the Nickelodeon cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender" created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.

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The Nickelodeon cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender" presents a world where it is possible for humans to psychically manipulate the four elements. Most humans can only manipulate one of the elements, but each generation an "Avatar" is born with the ability to manipulate all four elements. The series focuses on a young boy named Aang, an Avatar tasked with ending a century-long war waged by the Fire Nation.

The cartoon was one of Nickelodeon's top-rated shows. It was widely acclaimed and won several awards, including a Peabody and an Emmy award. However, the movie adaptation "The Last Airbender" was a critical flop. As of March 23, 2015, the movie has a 6 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Critics like Paul Tassi and Roger Ebert complained that the movie had a low-quality script and poor acting. The movie was also criticized for casting mostly white actors in the leading roles when the entire cast of the cartoon was Asian and Inuit. The film won the Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Picture" in 2011.

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