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‘The Dragon Prince’ trailer shows influence of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

/ 04:52 PM September 08, 2018
The Dragon Prince, Netflix

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The upcoming Netflix animated series “The Dragon Prince” showed telltale signs of its inspiration from the much praised Nickelodeon show “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

The new series was co-written by “The Last Airbender” head writer Aaron Ehasz and even divides its chapters into “books” similar to “Avatar,” reports The Verge.

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Furthermore Jack De Sena, who voiced the wisecracking, corny-yet-funny ladies’ man Sokka from “Avatar,” is also on board to lend his voice to Callum one of the show’s main characters.

A trailer released on Sept. 1 also gave out a similar “Avatar” feel. “The Dragon Prince” also dipped on the topic of a large-scale war, multiple factions and an art style reminiscent of “Avatar.” The big difference lies in the animation style. “The Dragon Prince” used a 3D cell-shaded approach on 2D backgrounds with a mix of stop-motion elements. This last feature will be noticeable in the occasionally choppy movements of the characters.

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Based on the trailer, it appeared Ehasz’s brand of humor, which had “Avatar” fans rolling in laughter, has been sprinkled around the world of “The Dragon Prince.” In one sequence, a female character declared in confidence that “unstoppable is just another kind of stoppable.” One of the characters then replied matter-of-factly, “No, that’s not really right.” This kind of comedic exchange was commonplace in “Avatar” and it may please fans to find “The Dragon Prince” as well.

The world of “The Dragon Prince” is also filled with magical elements and rare creatures similar to “Avatar,” which could spawn any number of side stories to contribute to the storytelling. Fans of “Avatar” may also look forward to well-rounded characters who aren’t just stereotypical good guys and bad guys to make sense of the things happening all around them.

“The Dragon Prince” will start streaming on Sept. 14. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is also available to stream so fans can binge-watch Aang’s saga before moving on to a new adventure.  Alfred Bayle /ra

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