The follow-up series to the brilliant, arguably revolutionary cartoon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, got itself a beautiful release from Paramount Pictures with a steelbook collection, containing the entire series and featuring art work by Caleb Thomas.
Much like its predecessor, The Legend of Korra (which garnered itself countless awards, including an Emmy, as well as other accolades), is smart, funny, gorgeous, and the sort of family viewing that can serve as a bonding experience, because each viewer draws something from it, as we join Korra (Janet Varney) over the course of fifty-two episodes that follow her journey to become the next Avatar.
Picking up seventy years after the epic tale of The Last Airbender, the creators from the original series, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino give viewers an empowering tale, featuring a strong female heroine, sweeping stories, characters both heroic and villianous, and all of it set in a world we recognise and love, though remember, seventy years have passed, and advances have been made, it’s familiar and all new at the same time – I love it!
With all new characters, creatures and realms to explore the world of the Avatar is flung open wide as Korra begins her quest! But there are plenty of familiar names amongst the voice cast, Clone Wars’ Dee Bradley Baker, J.K. Simmons, P.J. Byrne, Mindy Sterling, and while it’s important that the character be brought to life with a depth and emotional resonance, which these actors do, the story is what drives everything, and the creative team here, much like on Avatar, deliver brilliantly.
Over the course of four seasons, we join Korra on her quest, and now, they can be explored again in this stunning collection, and each season, coming in its own steelbook, is packed with extras to take the viewer behind the series. These are the things I really dig into when I love a series, and the mass of them was enough to sate me completely.
There are commentaries, scene breakdowns, making of features, Comic-Con panels, honestly, this is a collection, and transfer I have been waiting for, and it was so worth it.
I love how engaging, and well thought out both series are, combining solid storylines and moving character arcs, with top-drawer animation, to breathe life into a magical world that has become not only a memento of modern childhood, but also a beloved example of how animation isn’t just for kids.
The series, like Avatar before it, never talks down to its audience, but does have a sense of fun to it, and delivers a solid empowering message.The Legend of Korra – The Complete Series (Steelbook Edition) is available now from Paramount Canada!