Nickelodeon has ordered another 20 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, insuring a third season of the popular, anime-inspired series from creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The new batch of installments set to go into production will bring the show’s episode total to 60.
Produced at the Nicktoons Studios in Burbank, Calif., Avatar: The Last Airbender centers on Aang, a fun-loving 12-year-old who must forego a normal life in order to master his latent powers over the four elements. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara and her bull-headed warrior brother, Sokka, Aang proceeds on a perilous journey to save the world while sometimes shaking off his heavy responsibilities so that he can enjoy being a kid.
‘Avatar continues to be one of our top shows with kid and tween audiences who keep tuning in for the layered storylines and incredible, animated martial arts,’ says Marjorie Cohn, exec VP of development and original programming for Nickelodeon. ‘In season three, Aang will confront his biggest enemy yet along with Katara and Sokka, and meet his destiny by facing the evil Fire Lord at last.’
‘When we came up with the original concept for the show, we intended Aang’s first journey to culminate by facing the Fire Lord in the third season,’ notes Konietzko, who previously served as assistant director for the Film Roman series Mission Hill and King of the Hill. ‘We’re excited that we will be able to complete that original vision for the series and allow Aang to meet his fate,’ adds DiMartino, also a former Film Roman director.
On Friday, July 14, Nickelodeon will air The Fury of Ang, an hour-long animated movie that has our heroes travel to a spirit library in the middle of the desert, where Sokka hopes to discover powerful secrets to use against the Fire Nation. Along the way, something is taken from Aang that causes the Avatar to become angrier than ever before.