Next Club Meeting: December 16, 2023, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the third Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Remember the Movie Everyone Loves to Hate?

The Last Airbender Pitch Meeting
Step inside the pitch meeting that led to Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action! Witness where everything went so wrong.
For a brief moment in the early 2000’s, people were referring to M Night Shyamalan as “The Next Spielberg.” With popular hits like The Sixth Sense and Signs, it seemed like the director was going to churn out classic after classic. But then came The VillageLady in the WaterThe Happening… Opinions started to change. Then came “The Last Airbender” in 2010, which not only solidified the new, negative public opinion of Shyamalan, but also enraged fans of the animated series around the world.

The Last Airbender definitely raises a lot of questions. Like why rush through twenty episodes in ninety minutes? Why is there so much narration and exposition? Why are everybody’s names being pronounced wrong? Why doesn’t anyone have any personality? Why does bending look so weird? What was up with that Earth Tribe scene? Who thought this was a good idea?!

To answer all these questions and more, step inside the pitch meeting that led to The Last Airbender! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.

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