" In a world where the four elements can be controlled by people known as Benders, the Fire Nation is waging a ruthless, oppressive war to control the other great nations. The only hope for stopping the brutal war led by the Firebenders rests on the shoulders of a reluctant young boy named Aang. The last known survivor of the peaceful Air Nomads, also known as Airbenders, Aang is also the world's Avatar. The Avatar is the physical re-incarnation of the world itself, with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara and her bull-headed brother Sokka, Aang begins a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. Standing in their way are Fire Nation Admiral Zhao and Prince Zuko, the banished prince of the Fire Nation who seeks to capture the young Avatar to regain his honor. "

The term 'Avatar' comes from the Sanskrit word Avatara, which means descent. In Hinduism, the gods manifest themselves into Avatars to restore balance on earth, usually during a period of great evil. The Chinese characters that appear at the top of the show's title card mean 'the divine medium who has descended upon the mortal world'. When Aang was young, he unknowingly revealed that he was the Avatar when he chose four toys out of thousands, each of which were the childhood toys of the previous Avatars. Each successor is expected to show signs of continuity with the previous Avatar, such as being born within a week of the death.

Avatar is notable for borrowing extensively from Asian art and mythology to create its fictional universe. The show's character designs are heavily influenced by anime. The TV show however, is not considered an anime because of its origination in the United States. Explicitly stated influences include Chinese art and history, Japanese anime, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism and Yoga.

Traditional East Asian calligraphy styles are used for nearly all the writing in the show. For each instance of calligraphy, an appropriate style is used, ranging from seal script (more archaic) to clerical script. The choreographed martial art bending moves were profoundly affected by Asian cinema. Western film series such as Star Wars, and literature series such as and Harry PotterThe Lord of the Rings, were a heavy influence in developing the story of Avatar. In an interview, the creators revealed that they wanted to tell their own epic 'legend & love story'.

Mr. Night Shyamalam, I do think in my humble opinion is going straight back to his roots for this one. Eventhough, many believes that it is his kids doing that made him do this Nickelodeon serials into a full length feature film. Dia nak mintak restu nenek moyang dia kot selepas kemerosotan filem-filemnya pasca SIGNS.

p/s : Entah apa hal, masa tengah bikin ini entri... gua teringin nak tengok re-make filem klasik Melayu PANCA DELIMA, JULA JULI BINTANG TIGA atau PANJI SEMERANG! Mudah-mudahan lembaga penapisan dapat pertimbangan scene berkemban yang banyak itu untuk feel yang lebih kepada efek penceritaan... Ha-haw!!