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Apparently there was a very very early test screening of the Last Airbender recently. Two people posted their thoughts on the AICN website (ah, AICN- I got a love-hate relationship with ya).



The thing about early test screening is everything is extremely rough. Scenes unfinished, editing still work in progress, and forget about most of the SFX. In animation, whole sequences could be reworked and even re-animated, but I don't know if they do that in live action.

A few quotes that made me lol:

"...Plus it was fun to watch Noah Ringer’s double (a woman with a shaved head) performing the fight scenes – they hadn’t gotten around to doing a face replacement yet..."

HA ha! Ember Island Player!!

"...Out of the adult actors, the guy who portrayed Commander Zhao should never be allowed to act again. His line reading was atrocious, especially when acting next to others such as Cliff Curtis (although he's been better) and Dev Patel . They were actually the only ones coming out of this one unscathed...."
Zhao

*Gigglesnort* Oh man, I can't wait to see this XD

"...when a certain baddy punches a fish to death. The horror the horror!"

That's the no self control guy! (so fire may be added later), but I could totally imagine Zhao just repeatedly punching that koi fish.
Zhao

You can read the complete comments here:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/43869

Be warned though: there can be spoilers, it may darken your mood (or make you laugh, depending), and you can't take reviews from early screening as an accurate portrayal of the final product.
So avoid reading if you prefer to leave your mind free of any preconceptions and prefer to go see the film with just your preferred level of expectation, no matter how high or low it could be.

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dj_rocca
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I loved the first drawing "You're still banished" that made me laugh.

And I personally can't wait for the movie, I'm just sick of getting attacked for wanting to see it.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I had fun drawing Zuko trying to stay serious.
Even Zuko can enjoy someone else getting a bashing from his dad.
People attack you for wanting to see the film? Sheeee...a bit of respect, people!
uniformgrey
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I am REALLY glad that I wasn't drinking my tea when I saw your Zhao-fish-beating - I think I just saved my laptop screen XD
dj_rocca
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
LOL me too! The expressions of Zhao and fish are just hysterical.
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ks_claw
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing* Oh that poor poor fish!
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
The horror, the horror!
(as the early reviewer said)
riicchan
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
This is going to be the best movie ever. The Ember Island Players are officially in it...!!

Now all I want is for Sokka to say "I'M STARVING!!" at some point. Because then, then it would be the utter best.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
I want to see some TEARBENDING!
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
...Usually I just lurk here, but I must say. Those doodles are hilarious. xD
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Hello lurker! Glad you liked the doodles!
dj_rocca
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid429035470?bctid=64733944001

Check it out! The new trailer is out. Since I respect your opinion and you the most I'm sharing the link
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
As you were replying, I was building up a post about it :)
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ali_wildgoose
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I *koff* think the punching was meant to be left as punching, but if enough of the test audience laughed perhaps they'll reshoot it?

My understanding of such things is that this sort of thing is why they do super-early test screenings-- they're worried/interested regarding the audience's reactions, and want more information to allow them to fine tune it. (And do minor reshoots, perhaps, while there's still time.)
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I really don't know how live action compares to animation when it comes to re-shoots.
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rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know if there exists a dignified way for a fish to be offed. (is "offed" even a word?)
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wodhaund
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
That second drawing. Oh man. I can't stop laughing.
redvelvetaddict
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hahahah OH YOU PUNCH THAT FISH, ZHAO.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
It's called "tenderizing", should the animal rights activists suddenly show up...
(lovin' your icon!!)
pretty_angel
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
lolmao. You win the interwebz! XD

You should make a MST3K with Zhao forced to watch the movie or something.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I may just have to. I'm sure there will be animation Zhao VS Movie Zhao at some point.
archangelbeth
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
*snrk* ZukoSnerk FOR THE WIN!
bluejeans07
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Now Zhao, that's NOT the way to do fishbending... *snerk*

Edited at 2010-02-04 08:26 pm (UTC)
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Maybe he should use a pan next time, and some lemons.
No wait.
That's cooking.
phoenixblaize
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I cannot stop laughing at Zhao punching the koi fish to death. Now I'll be disappointed if the movie doesn't have the scene just like that.

And Zuko's snerk face is delightful. XD
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I want repeated fish punching too.
Leading to possible fish slapping.
evebolt
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Les sketchs! LOL
Oué bin ca augure... bizarre pour le film. À suivre!
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Meh. Pour l'instant, je ne m'attends pas a grand chose. Au moins de jolies images.
eiko82
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
LOL!! Zuko's smirk is priceless.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Zuko so rarely gets to smirk- it was fun to draw.
ming85
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Your illustrations are enlightening and hilarious. That's EXACTLY how *I* would kill a fish. Brilliant.
Thanks so much!
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Having had to kill a fish before, it's easier to smash their heads on something solid (side of boat, for example). Mind you, they are slippery.
invaderk
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I forgot which critic said that Jackson Rathbone was overacting, but I have a feeling that the "overacting" was probably closer to Sokka's character then the critic realized... how often is Sokka NOT a complete drama queen with extremely exaggerated expressions? But let's hope it translates to live action.
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Overacting in live action could turn to very hammy performance.
Then again, as you said, it fits Sokka.
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wanderingdreamr
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, fishbending may become a new term in this fandom. XD Wish one of those guys had actually seen the TV show though, that might give us a better insight into the movie.
....dang, now I want fishsicks for dinner. XD
rufftoon
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I do believe I will eat fish for dinner. Yay salmon! In honor of Zhao's fish punching technique.
engelen
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
The first review did make me feel hopeful for the movie... the second one made me be a bit scared... then again, it seems to be about the casting issue again. SAD SAD SAD:

I LOL'd so much at the bald lady part XD It would be awesome if the actors got to watch the Ember Island players episode XD XD

And I too, can totally picture Zhao beating that fish to death XD
rufftoon
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Beating a fish to death=Zhao in character XD
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alexds1
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Yesss fishpunching it is all good. I mean, its THE MOON disguised as a fish, and punching the moon to death is totally macho and sexy.

Also I am not going to see this movie (if I do indeed see it) for the acting. I am going for the element bending, fight scenes and incredible sideburns. Zhao is safe for now!
rufftoon
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
*has mental image of Astronaut Zhao, travelling to the moon, landing, taking the first few steps for the fire nation then proceeding to kick and punch the moon ground.*

Let us hope the sideburns have survived the adaptation from animation to live action.
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zfiledh
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
"You're still banished." - *snicker!*

The second pic made me LOL heartily. :D
rufftoon
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Zuko may be banished, but he's got acting skills compared to Zhao (according to this one reviewer).
darkelf19
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Fishpunching is just so wrong! Really Zaho?!

Still, you're pic did make me laugh.
rufftoon
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
How could something so wrong feel so right?
To Zhao anyway.
snapes_angel
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Punching out a fsih. *snerk*
meryl_jed
Feb. 5th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's Friday and that means it is Tuna Night. I will forever picture Zhao rapid-punching as how the fish goes from ocean to can.

Thanks to that image for also COMPLETELY MAKING MY DAY.
rufftoon
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
And I'm getting an image of a Zhao fish canning company...
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