Avatar The Last Airbender vs. Avatar: What's the difference?

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Difference between Avatar The Last Airbender and Avatar

Watching movies has become a favorite past time for most people all over the world. Whether it's a couple on a date, friends hanging out or a family seeking to spend to some quality time together, movies always seems to be involved. It's one of those things you just never get tired off. Even though all you do is sit for hours and stare at a screen, the movie world is considered to be highly entertaining. Especially with how Americans produce movies, with all the high end special effects and unbelievable scripts, Hollywood always try and make sure that a movie has the ability to catch the attention of a large number of viewers for hours and preferably at the movie theater.

Avatar The Last Airbender

Animated Series and Movies

With all the movies that have been made, I can't help but wonder if the guys behind all these are running out of idea's for new movies. I mean I'm sure you noticed there are movies out there with basically the same plot. All you have to do is get a different cast, change a few story details here and there, adjust the script a bit and maybe add a few more scenes, direction from a director with ‘a vision’ and there you go, a new movie.

That being said, I'll bet Hollywood realized the same thing and thus a new breed of movies began. A breed that till today holds many surprises for us as story plots are always different. They decided to make movies out of cartoons or animated series, which has been quite the rage as of late.

Well Known Hybrids

When talking about entertainment, people usually have no problem categorizing titles to either fall under movies or animated cartoons. For example, if one hears the title "Air Force One", then they think action movie, if they hear a title like "Naruto", they think animated series. Today however, there are a lot of titles out there where you have to specifically indicate if you're talking about the movie or cartoon. Like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Ironman and The Transformers to name a few. These were iconic cartoon characters way back then. Today they are movie box office hits.

However there are times that the story of the animated version is way different from the story of the movie version. Either it's just a coincidence they used the same title, or just thought of going in a totally different direction. An example is the movie Avatar and the animated series Avatar, the Last Airbender: a movie and a cartoon with no apparent similarities in story.


The movie Avatar was released in the United States on December 18th, 2009. Directed by James Cameron, Avatar is a science fiction movie set in the year 2154 where you’ll find humans occupying a planet called Pandora to mine a precious mineral called unobtanium. The movie shows off the latest technologies in special effects and rightfully so. Avatar was developed in the year 1994 but was not filmed due to the fact that the technology required for this movie was not yet available back then.

The animated series Avatar, on the other hand, tells a different story. The last airbender is an American animated series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. It tells the story of a character named "Aang" and he and his friends try and save the world from the despicable fire lord and at the same time ending the war with the fire nation.

Avatar and Avatar, the Last Airbender are classic examples of how an animated series and a movie sharing the same name will not always share the same storyline.


  • Watching movies is a favorite past time shared by people around the world
  • A lot animated titles are making their way to Hollywood these days
  • Not all animated cartoons and movies share the same storyline like Avatar and Avatar, The Last Airbender
  • Avatar was released in 2009; Avatar, The Last Airbender will be released in late 2010.

Which movie are you likely to remember longer?
  • Avatar The Last Airbender
  • Avatar

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