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Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:14:53 AM »
I was thinking about this. With future seasons and stories planned and comics being written by Gene Yang it seems like the possibility of the Avatar series going in different directions is becoming likely. So in the Promise we've seen the comics try to stay true to the tone of the original show but does this have to be the case? What if one day we get comics written by someone who just doesn't do Avatar-style humour? Could a wholly serious take on Avatar work, and would be into something like this?

Personally I think the balance of humour and seriousness is what makes Avatar tick, but I'd be open to a different take assuming it was done well.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 08:17:29 AM »
I'd be open to a more serious-toned show as well. While I loved the humor in ATLA, I think it would make for a very interesting dynamic to have no humor in it at all. So, yes. I'd still watch it.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 08:24:13 AM »
I mean, with Korra, I think Bryke can pull off the humour but from what I've read of The Promise I kinda feel like Yang was pushing the ATLA-style hijinks a little too much. Humour's more hit or miss than most things in stories so why not let writers just dictate with their own comfortable tone?

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 12:34:22 PM »
Yes.

I feel that humor in animation and humor in comic isn't the same thing. sometimes humor that works with animation would not work as well if it was written on paper as still pictures.

So, if new comic of Avatar would have no humor at all, I'd totally still read it.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 02:20:30 PM »
Yeah, I think so. :) I'd read it.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 02:22:44 PM »
I'd still watch it, but as mentioned before the balance of humor and seriousness is what makes ATLA so great in the first place! But, a more serious show would've been just as interesting, in my opinion, so I'd have watched it. ^^

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 02:39:17 PM »
I'd read it.  Sci Fi shows Star Trek, Babylon 5, adn the original Battestar Galactica were ALL very serious works and they had my imagination captivated for decades.  Humor was a minor but endearing part of all of them, but not the focus.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2013, 07:45:09 PM »
It really depends. I love ATLA's humor and it's part of why I enjoyed it so much. I wouldn't change a thing.

But if it's a different portrayal/story, with a new tone, done well? Yeah, I'd try it.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 02:53:46 AM »
Yes, but only if the characters remain in character. If a character is naturally humorous or sarcastic, then they should at least retain those aspects of their personalities.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 03:00:21 AM »
I'd still watch it sure. But the humor I think really helps bring the show to life and I just don't think it would be my favorite show of all time if it was so serious.


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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 03:33:50 AM »
I might have not watched it as a kid.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 05:11:56 AM »
I'd probably still watch/read it if it didn't have any humor in it.I liked the comedy in Avatar:The Last Airbender:) Avatar would still be great without the humor,though the humor did make it more amusing and enjoyable.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 04:33:23 PM »
YES I WOULD LOVE IT. I mean the humor is great and all but it would be so much more mature if they took it out which would be good too. o.o

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 09:46:58 PM »
Personally I think the balance of humour and seriousness is what makes Avatar tick, but I'd be open to a different take assuming it was done well.
Totally agree with you, Moby.
But in that same vein, I kind of think a more serious direction couple by more grown-up humor could really work. A little more cleaver/dry-humor rather than slapstick. I think that could be a really enjoyable turn to this already great series. Because honestly? I could do without the fart jokes. XD

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn\'t funny?
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2013, 09:52:14 PM »
Personally I think the balance of humour and seriousness is what makes Avatar tick, but I'd be open to a different take assuming it was done well.
Totally agree with you, Moby.
But in that same vein, I kind of think a more serious direction couple by more grown-up humor could really work. A little more cleaver/dry-humor rather than slapstick. I think that could be a really enjoyable turn to this already great series. Because honestly? I could do without the fart jokes. XD
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Although I feel like Korra  had a slightly more mature sense of humor. (Meelo fart jokes aside)
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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2013, 05:46:10 AM »
I thought the humour in Korra was more refined yeah. Like, it was mostly like the stuff I loved in ATLA and the fart jokes are massively overstated, there's what, like 2 in the whole series?

But the prospect of Tenzin using fartbending is too good to be true.

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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2013, 03:01:20 PM »
Avatar was definitely charming back in 2005, and the new series retains some of that. But I can't help but think if it took on a more gritty tone, rather than the campy sense of humor. Not super serious, but to a degree along with dark humor.

But those wouldn't happen considering it's run by Nick.
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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2013, 02:43:02 AM »
Yes, I would still watch it.


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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn\'t funny?
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2013, 09:11:41 AM »
But the prospect of Tenzin using fartbending is too good to be true.
I haven't laughed at a fart joke since I was 4 up until just now.

What really good potty-humor needs is juxtaposition. Tenzin doing something like that is just so unimaginable it comes full circle back into hilarity.
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And yes, I would. I can handle more dramatic fair. I'd prefer more mature, refined snark to no humor at all, but I could live without it.
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Re: Would you still watch Avatar if it wasn't funny?
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2013, 04:11:22 PM »
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