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The Legend of Korra

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Nickelodeon, the number one producer of television animation in the world, has greenlit a new series from the creators of the hit animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. The new series The Legend of Korra (working title), from creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2011, continuing the evolution of the animated franchise and its mythology. The original series was the inspiration for the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies live-action epic adventure, The Last Airbender, which has already grossed more than $115 million at the box office to date.

"Mike and Bryan have imagined a compelling new story inspired by the Airbender mythology that they so brilliantly crafted when the TV series began," Johnson said. "This new avatar is not only a girl, but also hot-headed, independent and ready to take on the world."

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang's son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

Launched in February 2005, Avatar aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon and was ranked among the top five animated properties on television among boys, 2-11 and 6-11 (2005/2006). During this time, the series reached a total of 21.7 million total viewers (persons 2+), including 8.8 million kids 2-11 and 6.3 million kids 6-11*. Currently, Avatar: The Last Airbender is the number one program on Nicktoons among tweens. (Source: *Nielsen Cume Data - July 2008, Live + 7 day, 6 min. qualifier.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender was created and executive produced by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

An award-winning filmmaker, DiMartino was a director at Film Roman for six years, working on the prime-time animated series King of the Hill, Family Guy and Mission Hill. During his tenure there, DiMartino animated and directed the short animated film Atomic Love, which has gone on to screen at festivals across the country including Sundance and the Los Angeles Film Festival. It also aired as part of the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival.

Konietzko began his career in animation as a character designer at Film Roman for Fox's prime-time series, Family Guy. He soon moved to the post of assistant director for two more Film Roman shows, Mission Hill and King of the Hill, working beside animation director DiMartino. Konietzko then became a storyboard artist and later an art director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim.

The new Avatar series will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., and is co-executive produced by Joaquim Dos Santos.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104425-nickelodeon-greenlights-the-legend-of-korra

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I am so ridiculously excited for this! Also, Toph could totally be alive and be one of those totally kick ass old people Avatar is so good at making! Aaaah, so excited! Maybe we'll even see what happened with Zuko's mom. I'm totally diggin that the new Avatar is a girl. We need more female lead characters in shows. (Plus Korra is a different ethnicity!) The last one I remember was The Life and Times of Juniper Lee which ended in 2007.

btw, here's the attached pic:

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(*edit: Holy crap Juniper Lee was created by Judd Winick! Which is like... totally irrelevent to this thread, but I totally did not realise.)

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Kscriv   

If I may quote the always wise sage the Whammy:

"YES! YES! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

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James D.   

Okay, JK Simmons might have been the last person I would have thought would voice the son of the last Airbender. Not that I'm saying this is a bad thing by any stretch. And Bud Bundy is voicing someone? Interesting...

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Gareth   

I watched this this 3 times in a row grinning from ear to ear. I haven't been this excited since I saw the theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight. The animation is incredible, I wonder what kind of budget this show has.

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Mister R   

I am super excited for this!

So how many episodes are we looking at?

I heard it is going to be a bit short. More like a mini-series with 13 or 14 episodes.

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Gareth   

I don't know if the video got removed, but I had already seen it, 2 things. This is coming out 2012 right? And looks like the title is getting reverted back to Avatar: The Legend of Korra (Yes!).

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One of the things I really love here is that they're starting out with Book 1: Air. Since the last series ended with Fire, it really makes the story feel like a continuation of the old.

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