Nickelodeon’s Avatar Series Rocks!

We don’t watch much TV over here. None, in fact. But we do watch DVDs. A few months ago, I was perusing the big kid’s section at our video store while my daughter was pulling all the Winnie-the-Pooh VHS tapes off the shelf to decide which one she wanted to get. As I kept one eye on Ella to make sure she wasn’t pulling the entire shelf down, my other eye fell upon a series of DVDs called Avatar The Last Airbender. It looked interesting, so I got it, watched it, and am now totally hooked. And so is my wife!It’s the animated story of young Aang, The Avatar, master of all four elements – Earth, Air, Fire, & Water – and his friends, as they try to “save the world” from the tyranny of the rampaging Fire Nation.

Yes, there’s war and violence. But far more present are the character development and positive messages that underpin the story.

The most powerful lesson for me has been the lightness that Aang brings even in the midst of darkness. He is basically a goof-ball having a great time. He just happens to also be the Avatar – the one who has the capacity to restore balance and harmony to the world.

I don’t know about you, but the “I’m here to save the world” theme song occasionally starts playing in my head, especially when I get caught up – or down – in how “messed up” this world is. And when that happens, I tend to get pretty darn serious. You might even get away with calling me somber in those moments.

Well, if as Gandhi said, we should “be the change we wish to see in the world,” the last thing I want to be is somber because the last thing the world needs is more somber!

I have to hand it to the producers of Avatar: They are doing a wonderful job of growing and maturing Aang and the other characters. It’s enlightening to watch Aang as he struggles to find the right balance between his natural fun-loving nature and the need to focus and do what he must to save the world.

If you have kids that are watching junk, this would be a great alternative. And even if you don’t have kids, you might want to check it out.

It’s available at Amazon, on Netflix, and most likely at your local video store.

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      3 Responses to “Nickelodeon’s Avatar Series Rocks!”

      1. Edward Mills on June 22nd, 2007 11:42 am

        Jonathan. Me too. I’m just not really interested in watching a whole lot of mindless stuff any more. (Except when I need a couple hours of mindless time like last Friday when I went to see the Fantastic Four movie!). But the Avatar is great fun, even if it can be a bit silly at times. Hey, it’s for kids! But then, we all have a little kid inside of us, and sometimes it’s fun to indulge that part of ourselves!

        BTW: Love the Matrix also!

      2. Ike on June 22nd, 2007 1:22 pm

        I stumbled onto this show a while back. It is much better than anyone gives credit.

        The concepts are so elementary, and resonate with my kids. I even extended the notion to teach some math to my four-year-old:

        http://occamsrazr.com/2007/01/28/bending-the-truth

      3. Edward Mills on June 23rd, 2007 8:02 am

        Ike. Sometimes the simplest, most elementary concepts are the ones that we most need to be reminded of.

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