Avatar TV Spot 3 = Fantasy Adventure For Kids?

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Back August I was one of those thousands of people who packed into movie theaters for “Avatar Day”, an event which provided the opportunity to see 15 minutes of footage from James Cameron’s upcoming sci-fi epic in all its IMAX 3D glory.

At the time the Avatar teaser trailer had just dropped to lukewarm reception; readers were waiting for a more in-depth analysis of the film, both on a visual and plot level. After seeing the preview footage, I asserted that Avatar is going to be a great fantasy adventure, but didn’t really feel like the sci-fi epic it had been touted as… Talk about opening a can a worms!

Within hours of posting that story I was being strung up by readers calling me everything from an “idiot” to a “big idiot” for (supposedly) not knowing the difference between the sci-fi and fantasy genres – “Might as well start calling apples oranges,” some readers said.

Well guys, take a look at the new child-friendly TV spot for Avatar and then tell me what kind of film YOU see being marketed here:

Apples are officially starting to look like oranges! They even have “trailer voice” guy in there doing his thing! And is that Disney theme music playing in the background? icon smile Avatar TV Spot 3 = Fantasy Adventure For Kids?

Seriously though, after watching that saccirine-sweet TV spot, does Avatar seem more like Aliens or FernGully to you? Because I gotta say: I definitely got some Gully vibes watching that thing!

Now, this is NOT an attempt to say that this TV spot serves as indisputable evidence that Avatar is a kiddie fantasy film. I REPEAT: this is NOT an attempt to say that this TV spot serves as indisputable evidence that Avatar is a kiddie fantasy film – quite the contrary. Right now, for instance, our own Vic Holtreman is wondering if 20th Century Fox is in the wrong for trying to sell kids on a movie that’s actually too intense for them (although not yet officially rated, the movie looks to be walking a tight PG-13 line).

What I DEFINITELY AM SAYING, is that my earlier assertion – that Avatar has many of the tell-tale hallmarks of a fantasy adventure epic – may not have been as ‘idiotic’ as many readers deemed it.

Oh how sweet this gig is, sometimes…

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I’m completely ready to re-open this can of worms and have another fifty rounds of debate on this subject, so lets get to it. Does this latest TV Spot truly paint Avatar in a new portrait, and if so, do you think it’s an accurate portrait of the film, or is Fox just trying to ‘rob the cradle,’ hoping for bigger returns on their risky venture?

Avatar will have to prove itself in theaters (regular and IMAX) on December 18, 2009.

Source: YouTube via Slashfilm

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  1. @Ken J

    “It’s like an obsession, but a negative obsession, very odd indeed!”

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Hate sits on the opposite end of the spectrum to Love, but is just as attractive a force.

  2. There are things I hate more than Avatar.

  3. “I’ve heard a rumor that they’re making another trailer that’s targeted at the old and elderly.”

    LOL @790 :-P


  4. You are basically saying that because they made this TV spot geared towards kids, its simply a kids movie.

    Has anyone noticed that there are multiple trailers and marketing going on here. They are trying to reach as many people and markets as possible.

    The sci-fi part comes in due to the fact some of it takes place in space and the mechs/military and science the movie utilizes from the future.

  5. @ Andrew

    See, this I why I have to repeat myself in my own posts. I SPECIFICALLY say what I am and ARE NOT trying to say in the post. Go back and take another look, please.

  6. is it a sci-fi or a fantasy let’s call it a sci-fi fantasy, why not?

  7. Thing is: as much as they tell you with all the trailer, they dont go in a specific direction…very much on purpose i would say. The typical JC Fanboy will say: GREAT another epic SciFi. The Parents yell: Wow a beautiful fantasy adventure for my kids. The Women (sorry): Great , waht a love Story…and so on.

    They build such huge curiosity in every direction that everyone is going to see it (even just to “check it out” once.

    Im sure it will be a great ride…no matter waht direction it will go ^^

  8. @Haggislaw

    There is danger in that approach. It may get a lot of different groups of people for the first week, but if they have misrepresented the movie in any way, word will spread and effect its staying power. Hurting the bottom line in the weeks after its opening. IMO.