Nickelodeon is working on a live action adaptation of Avatar: the Last Airbender, and as a loyal, longtime fan of the original series, I‘m somewhat excited but mostly apprehensive. Live action adaptations of animated classics do not typically perform well, whether they’re big-budget Disney films with all-star casts or low-budget anime remakes that are inexplicably white-washed.

I take issue with the live action remake trend entirely. It creates a world where production budgets go towards recycling — and potentially ruining — old, beloved concepts rather than creating new things. I also resent the implication that animated content is less appealing…

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