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Whoa! New Animated Avatar Movie (From Dedicated Studio) Just Announced

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CBSViacom dumped a truckload of announcements on the world this afternoon, mostly about the shows coming to CBS All Access / Paramount+. Most of them are previously announced projects for cable that they yanked to feed content for their newer service. They also cancelled their Twilight Zone reboot. (I expect to hear about the next Twilight Zone reboot sometime in 2022.)

A lot of the big studio streaming efforts have been based on pre-existing IPs they own, and in the case of Paramount, there’s always been this golden goose in the room they never see. It’s my opinion that the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoffs is just as valuable as Star Trek, and I’m not alone in that thought. Yet the only Avatar project announced that isn’t a comic book has been a sus live-action Netflix remake that its own creators bailed from (because it’s so good?)

Well, the drought is over! Someone at Paramount finally saw the light! I’m VERY pleased to announce they’ve initiated work on an ANIMATED movie set in the A:TLA world, and Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are supervising!

There’s more: it’s just the FIRST project from a DEDICATED STUDIO devoted to making Avatar cartoons! And they’re officially calling it Avatar Studios, which must mean we’re far enough away from the cultural impact of James Cameron’s movie that you can call something else “Avatar” and not risk confusion (FINALLY).

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender,” said Konietzko and DiMartino in a joint statement. “But even after all that time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we are eager to bring to life. We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do.”

Oh yeah…CBSViacom also formally announced their Rugrats revival (meant for Nickelodeon, yanked for Paramount+) and gave it a release window of this spring. The trailer hit. It’s CG. Of all the animation styles that can be translated to CG, Klasky-Csupo’s house style ranks near the bottom. This was never going to look good, but we might as well get it over with:

Wait’ll they render Ginger in CG; it’ll cause television screens to shatter.