Avatar: The Last Airbender

Appa in the Last Airbender, CG or Puppet?

I’ve been curious about how they are going to create Appa for The Last Airbender. Growing up on The NeverEnding Story, I imagined him as a Falcor type giant puppet. Perhaps he would be created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop?

I decided to go straight to someone who would know, and asked Frank Marshall, via Twitter. Here’s what he said:

Appa will be a combination of mechanical and visual effects…

This is pretty much as I thought. Because in The NeverEnding Story, Falcor never fought anybody or really interacted with his environment all that much. Appa, on the other hand, is a very interactive character. He’s in the thick of things from square one.

Having him be a mix of Mechanical and visual effects reminds me of how Aslan was created for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Especially for the Stone Table sequence, when they used a combination of things.

I don’t know about you, but I’m up for a picture with a giant mechanical Appa!

3 Responses to “Appa in the Last Airbender, CG or Puppet?”

  1. Joey40 says:

    That's very cool to know, thanks for ask it to mister Marshall ! And thanks for the site too! I'm french and a great fan of Avatar, your site is really interesting !!! it is in my favorite now … 😉 see ya !

  2. Candace says:

    Oh yey! I've been wondering for quite a while how they would go about handling Appa (and the other animals of Avatar for that matter). I'm glad they decided to use a mixture of elements, rather than strictly digital. I think it offers more realism and makes Appa a more realistic, tangible and relatable character…as he should be!

    I'm curious to see the end results C:

  3. Nathaniel says:

    Hi! I'm new over here… I like this web, thank you! ^^

    About Appa hows going to be make, I think (or I would like) they are preparing something like what has been made for the next movie 'Where The Wild Thing Are' (directec by Spike Jonzen)… The body is a puppet and the face (to make more real) is CGI… Find the trailer if you did not see the result…

    Sorry for my english, I'm from Spain 😛


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