I finally had a chance to review the latest Avatar the Last Airbender release on DVD with my girls earlier in the month. We love Aang and his adventures with Katara, Sokka, Toph, and of course Appa (the flying buffalo) and Momo (a winged lemur). This DVD covers chapters 11 through 15 of the latest season (Book 3: Fire).
Due to our bizarre schedules at home, we rarely get to see Avatar when each new episode is released in Nickelodeon, but we do try to Tivo them when we can. We had seen up to the first part of The Day of Black Sun, and that’s where this DVD’s adventures pick up.
In Chapter 11, we find that the invasion plans of the other tribes against the Firelord aren’t going that great.
Chapter 12 finds Aang and the gang on the run once more, finding refuge in the Western Air Temple, and they find Prince Zuko (now exiled from the Fire Nation) seeking to help them in their quest against his father the Firelord.
By Chapter 13, there’s an uneasy truce among the group with Zuko on the outside promising to help Aang with his Firebending. But of course, there’s technical difficulties and Zuko and Aang head off to learn the true origins of Firebending from the original masters. Of all the episodes on the DVD, this is my favorite.
Chapters 14 and 15 find Sokka and Zuko teaming up to try and rescue Sokka & Katara’s father from the most heavily guarded Fire Nation prison – The Boiling Rock. They find some old allies and some unexpected ones as well.
Overall, I think this is one of the best animated series for kids out there. It’s exciting, but at the same time it has a heart. Aang is a tortured soul, lost in time for so long and now forced to do what he can to fix things, he’s in a rough spot. But he shows that practice, patience, and respect for others go a long way to alleviate problems we may have among ourselves and inside ourselves.
It’s great to be able to share this series with my girls — I’d like to think that even though they enjoy it, it’s sneaking in some moral lessons as well.
Anyway… A definite 3.5/4 for this set. If you like following Aang’s adventures, it’s a must have. You can find additional information here and find this DVD as well as others from Books 1, 2, and 3 at Amazon or other retailers.
Until next time, go see a movie!