New clips have surface from two of this summer's upcoming family-friendly fantasy adventures - the TV show adaptation The Last Airbender and the new Nicolas Cage flick The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
First, check out this scene from The Last Airbender in which the Fire Nation's massive fleet of metallic ships approach the icy shores of the Northern Water Tribe's land. Comic relief character Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) - who is also a close friend of the last airbender, Aang (Noah Ringer) - is the ever-so observant fellow who mentions the approach of the war vessels to Princess Yue (Seychelle Gabriel).
It looks as though Shyamalan has once again instructed the actors in this movie to speak quietly, with very little in the way of emotional inflection - much like his previous films. However, The Last Airbender continues to look like an impressive feat in terms of visual FX and costume design, so it does have that working in its favor.
You can check out the new clip below:
Those who have been longing to check out the Fantasia-inspired "magical brooms" sequence since they watched the last featurette for The Sorcerer's Apprentice will be pleased to hear that Disney has released the scene online for you viewing pleasure.
Star Jay Baruchel (the voice of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon) seems to have the "likable nerd" act down pat and it is kind of fun hearing the recognizable chords of the original "Sorcerer's Apprentice" musical piece. But why does the score suddenly shift into Pirates of the Caribbean mode part-way through? And what is it with action movies employing (admittedly cute) bulldogs for comic relief? Okay, so the only recent example I remember was Sherlock Holmes, but still... ;-)
You can have a look at the homage scene for yourselves below:
So what do you think? Which of these flicks are you most excited for? Is July looking like a better time at the movies? Sound off in the comments section below.
The Last Airbender arrives in regular and 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 1st, 2010. The Sorcerer's Apprentice will follow on July 14th.
Source: Yahoo, Walt Disney Pictures (via Coming Soon)