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10

Jul

Turns out Emmy Voters Don’t Watch Korra

Since The Legend of Korra is on in primetime, Book 2 was eligible for two Emmy Awards: Animated Program and Character Voice-Over Performance. Unfortunately, the show didn’t garner any nominations — which makes you wonder if anyone voting actually watches The Legend of Korra (short answer: probably not). Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, South Park, and Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are fine shows. Great shows (I’m not the biggest fan of this current incarnation of TMNT). But animation means two things to the common voter: A half hour comedy like The Simpsons or a kid’s show. TMNT brand awareness probably has something to do with its inclusion. Legend of Korra isn’t an easy show to label or describe with one-line. It’s too hard to vote for.

As for the voice-over noms… c’mon Television Academy! Get it together! Janet Varney! J.K. Simmons! Steven Yeun as Wan! Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, and Harry Shearer do fine jobs on their respective shows, but they’re examples of voters choosing with a rubber stamp. Veterans. Beyond the name talent of Korra, there are a hundred voiceover artists more deserving of these spots (though many of them would fall into the Daytime Emmy pool). Show’em some love, Academy. 

Who would you hand out Emmys to this year? Who gave the best Korra performance in Book 2? What’s the best episode writing and/or directing wise? We might has well hold our own ceremony right here.

- Patches

17

Apr

Is this the first footage of Book 3: Change? Sure looks it. Savvy Korra fan youpje uploaded a commercial from the Netherlands revealing what appears to be snippets of Book 3 interspersed with shots from Book 1 & 2. Korra spirit-bending water by some vine-covered buildings (inside RC?), Korra in an elevator, a shirtless Tenzin airbending, Team Korra standing outside a zeppelin-esque vehicle, and a mysterious figure riding a dragon. Our friends at ATLA: Annotations are convinced that’s Zuko (and Da7e is praying that it’s Zuko, because if the ATLA character doesn’t appear in Book 3, he’s going to rip his goatee out).

It’s all a bit of a tease, but with production well into Book 4, it shouldn’t be too long until sharper looks and a release date announcement are upon us. SDCC is always a good bet.

What do you make of this footage? Talk to us — it’s been awhile.

- Patches

20

Nov

BOOK THREE: Change
Source - WSJ

BOOK THREE: Change

Source - WSJ

09

Nov

REPUBLIC CITY DISPATCH #25: A New Spiritual Age

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20

Sep

Awww, Korra adapted the Equalist Run.
-Da7e-


korranation:

Korra being fierce 

Awww, Korra adapted the Equalist Run.

-Da7e-

korranation:

Korra being fierce 

12

Sep

master of all four elements by ~hyamei
ONE DAY MORE!
Another book, another destiny
The never-ending road to Avatar
These spirits who seem to know my crime
WE’RE COMING FOR A SECOND TIME.
ONE DAY MORE!
PS - Dee Bradly Baker, the voice of Appa, MoMo, Naga and Pabu, Oogi, Tarrlock, Bumi and the Radio Host was also the voice of Olmec on Legends of the Hidden Temple. 
As part of it’s 20th anniversary (feeling old), Buzzfeed has a great retrospective interview with him and the Legends of the Hidden Temple host. Check it out if you want!

master of all four elements by ~hyamei

ONE DAY MORE!

Another book, another destiny

The never-ending road to Avatar

These spirits who seem to know my crime

WE’RE COMING FOR A SECOND TIME.

ONE DAY MORE!

PS - Dee Bradly Baker, the voice of Appa, MoMo, Naga and Pabu, Oogi, Tarrlock, Bumi and the Radio Host was also the voice of Olmec on Legends of the Hidden Temple. 

As part of it’s 20th anniversary (feeling old), Buzzfeed has a great retrospective interview with him and the Legends of the Hidden Temple host. Check it out if you want!

20

Jul

"I am Wan Shi Tong, he who knows ten thousand things. And you are obviously humans. Which, by the way, are no longer permitted in my study." 
I’m not sure Wan Shi Tong will be thrilled with an Airbender back in his library….

"I am Wan Shi Tong, he who knows ten thousand things. And you are obviously humans. Which, by the way, are no longer permitted in my study."

I’m not sure Wan Shi Tong will be thrilled with an Airbender back in his library….

19

Jul

Update: JuJuSeed and Empyreankosmo say that there will be two episodes that introduce Wan was the first Avatar. To that I still wonder, how? How do we just throw two backstory episodes into a narrative that’s trucking along? What do we think will be the segue that allows for the main storyline to take a two episode break?
Book 2 will introduce the very first Avatar, Wan. He’ll be voiced by Walking Dead actor Steven Yeun.
Here is my big question: How do we get there? Flashbacks were a big part of Book 1, but they were born out of the narrative. Aang was communicating with Korra. I would suspect that, if we see flashbacks, it would be Wan needing to make contact. No willy nilly jumping backwards in Legend of Korra.
Here’s my real theory: We meet Wan in the spirit world. The background of this picture is what clinches it for me. The surreal shapes of trees and the colors of the sky…. has to be the spirit world. Right?
That is just my (Patches) thinking. Let the theories fly. How is Wan going to figure in to Korra’s Book 2 adventure?

Update: JuJuSeed and Empyreankosmo say that there will be two episodes that introduce Wan was the first Avatar. To that I still wonder, how? How do we just throw two backstory episodes into a narrative that’s trucking along? What do we think will be the segue that allows for the main storyline to take a two episode break?

Book 2 will introduce the very first Avatar, Wan. He’ll be voiced by Walking Dead actor Steven Yeun.

Here is my big question: How do we get there? Flashbacks were a big part of Book 1, but they were born out of the narrative. Aang was communicating with Korra. I would suspect that, if we see flashbacks, it would be Wan needing to make contact. No willy nilly jumping backwards in Legend of Korra.

Here’s my real theory: We meet Wan in the spirit world. The background of this picture is what clinches it for me. The surreal shapes of trees and the colors of the sky…. has to be the spirit world. Right?

That is just my (Patches) thinking. Let the theories fly. How is Wan going to figure in to Korra’s Book 2 adventure?

11

Jul

Listen to Two Exclusive Clips From the Legend of Korra Soundtrack

Was happy to bring the Korra love to New York Magazine’s Vulture. Head over there to hear samples from the music and an interview with composer Jeremy Zuckerman of The Track Team.

Plus: They’re having a soundtrack signing at Comic-Con! I am super jealous if you’re going to be there.

- Patches

10

Jun

First look footage of The Legend of Korra: Book 2.

Nickelodeon’s abrasive graphics and muzac don’t really set the tone here — but I like what I see. While it doesn’t have the majesty and unexpected elegance of Book 1’s Republic City setting, Book 2 promises a Miyazaki-style fantasy arc. Maybe that’s why it looks a bit more “cartoony” than Book 1. The spirit animals are bubbly and the backgrounds play to that aesthetic over the hyper-detail of RC. I’m glad their taking risks rather than replicating what worked in the first season. - Patches

What do you think?