Avatar: The Last Airbender is the latest TV show that’s gotten an Honest Trailer treatment by Screen Junkies, the YouTube channel known for their snarky yet accurate commentary on pop-culture parodies in films and TV shows. The video, posted on August 12, has already managed to rack in 1.4 million views.
The highly popular animated series originally premiered on Nickelodeon in 2005 and ran for three seasons before ending in 2008. The series has managed to amass a large new cult following from different age groups after debuting on Netflix earlier this year.
The Honest Trailer nails every point right from the introduction, which encourages viewers to: “Experience the show that everyone loves, and since it’s been on Netflix, no one will shut up about.”
It mostly praises the series and characters while poking fun at the appropriation of Asian culture, calling out cartoonish elements, including the use of goofy sound effects and making digs at the sudden popularity of a show that’s “made for actual 8-year olds”.
The description of the characters are so on point, particularly Zuko as an “outcast prince made of fire and angst” and Toph as a “barefoot, blind bad-ass straight out of a Tarantino movie.”
The review also casts shade at the (universally hated) live adaptation movie by M. Night Shyamalan, which is believed to have doomed a potential fourth season.
Coincidentally, on the day after the honest trailer came out, the creators of The Last Airbender announced that they would no longer be involved in the upcoming live-action Netflix series.