Avatar Featured on 60 Minutes

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:04 am,

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There comes a point in the marketing of every major motion picture where the filmmakers and studio must elevate their project to the loftiest height of visibility, namely, the attention of old folks.

James Cameron’s Avatar has certainly made an impression on the online movie geek community (that’d be us) and has certainly started to gain the attention of the general movie going public (adults and young adults). The film has even used TV spots to snag the interest of young children. But what about my grandparents? Do they know anything about Avatar?

Well, in an effort to alert my grandparents (and yours) as to Avatar‘s existence, James Cameron appeared on 60 Minutes last night to chat about the film – and we have video of the segment.

Sorry fellow movie geeks, if you’ve been keeping up with Avatar since day one, then the most this segment is going to offer you is a couple of new shots to look at. Everything else is pretty much a rehash of the film’s well-documented history – how Cameron has been dreaming it up for a over a decade, the new technology he used to film it, the storyline of the film, who James Cameron IS – with Cameron himself explaining it all real slow and easy so grandma and grandpa can understand clearly.

Ok, so I’m teasing 60 Minutes (sort of), but you get the idea – and, if you don’t, here’s the video to help ya!


There is one thing in this video that I want you loyal Screen Rant readers to pay attention to: Around the 5:43 mark, Cameron says “I’ve loved fantasy and science fiction since I was a kid…”

Did you hear those words? FANTASY and SCIENCE FICTION – the same two words I’ve been saying apply to Avatar, only to catch much flack for even suggesting such “blaspheme.” However much you may want to deny it, sci-fi fans, the evidence of Avatar‘s fantasy influences just keeps on growing…

What’d think of the 60 Minutes segment, anything new or interesting or just an Avatar turtorial for the geriatric sector?

Will your grandparents be seeing Avatar when it hits theaters on December 18, 2009?

Source: CBS News

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  1. SCIANTASY…..?

  2. Final Fantasy jam head… Final Fantasy.

    You might have brought up the question Kofi but I’ve been the one right there to say, this is how you tell!

  3. Well if Avatar doesn’t break 140mil opening weekend people are gonna laugh,,, ;-D

    Of course this is Science fiction/ fantasy who said it wasn’t? Weird?

  4. Isn’t Ursula K. LeGuin, on whose “The Word for World is Forest” Cameron based much of his story, mostly known for fantasy, or at least non-scientifically rigorous science fiction? Really, TWFWIF is the only thing of hers I’ve ever read.

    Come to think of it, there was a bit of scientific rigor in that story; the ships were limited to light speed, as was (I believe) communication; no ansible in it, IIRC. The human colony was pretty much cut off and alone against the natives.

  5. I read about that too Stephen, but forgot about it. It got me to thinking about Lem’s “Eden” then “Fiasco” and how adaptations of them would make better movies than this. Someday I’ll have to pick up “TWFWIF.” Ever read the “White Gold Wielder” series?

  6. Oops actually I meant “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever?” “WGW” was just the name of one of the books. It’s been a long, long time since I read them, sorry…

  7. @ Kofi

    “Did you hear those words? FANTASY and SCIENCE FICTION – the same two words I’ve been saying apply to Avatar, only to catch much flack for even suggesting such “blaspheme.”

    Dude let it go for the love of all that’s holy!!

  8. How about the term Fantasci-zed..

  9. LOL, I’m with greenknight – let it GO. :-P

    On the other hand, to stir up the pot, many people consider Star Wars fantasy and not sci-fi due to the very “unscientificness” of what it portrayed in the films. Ships with no apparent supra-lightspeed capabilities traveling between star systems for example.

    Vic

  10. Sad as it is entertainment is made to make money first, which means it must entertain as many as possible. Entertaining us by telling us a story that might one day be true is pretty far down on the demands list and pretty high on the hard to do meter. If the word Fantasci-zed as respelled should enter the lexicon then why not the HTD Meter or HTDM or just MAnURE. Standing for; Maybe in An-other Universal REality. Of coure with so many universes out there, they begin to really pile up… ;)

  11. the rant “fantasy and science-fiction” got me to thinking about how, arguably, the best S-F magazine at the time, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science-fiction, helmed by one of the holy trinity of SF editors, Anthony Boucher (with J. Francis McComas), successfully combined both genres.

    LeQuin is not as hard science as, say, Poul
    anderson or one of his later off-spring, Gregory Benford but most of the 2nd wave of SF authors (the British new wavers, Roger Zelany, Harlan Ellison to name a few, were not as hard tech as Anderson, Dickson, Asimov, Clarke and the great Heinlein but they respected the genre and at least took care not to stamp on the legacy beginning to be left to them by their immediate predecessors.

    Cameron, Lucas, Scott, the mature Spielberg, even Zack Snyder are auteurs I feel have a deep love for the genre of SF in all its permutations.

    Hell, all I had, growing up, is George Pal and a few Britishers.

    Enjoy this time.

  12. The problem today is that the ability to write
    verisimilar material, that doesn’t cross over,
    mixing up physics with fantasy It’s a lost art.
    Why try you might ask? Well their’s several lines
    of thought as to why. Let me explore one?

    For example, when you rely too much on fantasy to
    carry your story it becomes difficult to take the
    science seriously, or to even see where science
    can be said to be involved. Its tempering quality being weak or missing altogether.

    Spanning the extraordinary distances in outer
    space say, as Padmé did to get to Anakin in “ROS”
    in any reasonable time to move the story along.
    Doing it like they did is ridiculous. Coruscant to
    Mustafar, a planet which is a satellite of a double
    gas giant star system on the outer rim, used as a
    Separatist stronghold in less than a days travel.
    More like a couple of hours actually. Gee how long
    does it take Anakin to wipe out the last of the
    Separatists and leave the planet?

    The average person probably can’t explain how a
    Color TV set works or a computer but when they see
    these things in operation it becomes easier to imagine how they might work. How do you relate this to traveling enormous distances that people have at least some idea what it’s like to travel great distances. You see TV pictures of the Saturn 5 that took man to the moon, an object that looks
    far bigger than anything we can relate to in every day life here on the ground. Perhaps even getting a better size perspective by going to see the rocket that took man to that big shiny ball. It becomes far more understandable the effort it takes to get anywhere up there.

    Then their’s the whole illogic of Padmé’s death. To leave Anakin conscious during his surgical procedures isn’t
    medically & technologically stupid? Then what about reaching
    across light years of distance to kill her? Then after his procedures to believing he was responsible for her death, how does a person continue living? That last one just seems like a common sense question. If he can reach across such
    vast distances, realizing how much of a part the future Emperor was complicit in her death, after all, he didn’t have him anesthetized; I don’t see it, taking years for Anakin to be somewhere close to Sidious to do away with him, say strangling him in his sleep? Hey he talked to Padmé about killing him. I’d give it a month max. This is a classic example of world orientation according to morality. In this case a twisted one. Science Fiction is better utilized when it is closer to the real world. The real world is indifferent to our situation, morality and emotion don’t govern physics.

    It’s really not that great of a stretch of the imagination to set the entire Star Wars story into a complete fantasy setting. Why bother with space ships and planets when what would be more conceivable is a medieval European setting. Just put this piece of the Star Wars story in Britain
    and France and it becomes far more relatable to a
    person that wouldn’t relate to the ideas supposedly attributed to the devices of Science Fiction.

    My neighbor was ranting tonight on movies. He started on “Avatar” he couldn’t believe they spent 50mm dollars to make it. I almost didn’t have the heart to tell him he was off by a factor of 10. He quickly acknowledged that he meant 500 but I think he still had difficulty imagining that amount of money. He then proceeded to rant about “Sherlock
    Homes” asking why he should be interested in a character from 50 years ago. I think he might have been talking about when he actually read the novel, since it’s more like 122 years since it was first published. I acknowledged his point, however poorly he made it. But you see the problem? He’s of the Football Corvette culture. Entertainment
    for him is “Lonesome Dove,” “Melrose Place,” “The
    Godfather,” a trip to the firing range. ;)
    Spending an afternoon at an auto club event or at
    the races. It doesn’t make any sense to him to
    spend 500 million dollars on a fantasy tale. Now
    suppose I’m arguing that the story isn’t too far
    fetched to such a person? Then try to explain the
    reasoning behind the mixing of genres or if that’s
    even true or not or whether it has any value to set a
    distinction. That a story like that holds any
    meaning? His indirect argument, give me relatable
    entertainment becomes a stumbling block to the
    successful effort of mixing genres. You have a better chance by sticking to a pure genre. Someone like him can handle the single concept. A fantasy that has a moral or a Science Fiction story that explores what’s probably possible.

    Since the Magazine of Fantasy & Science-fiction has been in publication since 1948 I can imagine a complete collection would be the envy of many SF&F fans everywhere. I certainly would enjoy a chance to peruse such a collection. Owning such a collection would no doubt be expensive and at my age I certainly couldn’t read a fraction of what I haven’t read over the years. Besides, I’ve been far more interested in the more durable novels than the rag pulps. Still if you’ve read critiques by Blish, Knight, and Lem you have some tools to measure stories from any source and evaluate them on those terms that authors that have worked the field and have written diversely in upper and lower realms.