Saw this the other day with Fluffy and Mies. Enjoyed, although I usually like doing my own focus pulling in 3D contexts.
“All I have is the 114 page scriptment that Cameron wrote after Titanic, a scriptment known at the time as Project 880. This scriptment is very similar to the final movie in broad strokes, but in the details it’s quite different. Much has been lost from the original scriptment, and much of what has been kept was abridged.” link
“James Cameron’s science-fiction blockbuster “Avatar” takes place in 2154 on the lush moon Pandora. To help make the set believable, Jodie Holt, chairwoman of the department of botany and plant sciences at UC Riverside, was approached to consult on the film’s plant life, as well as how a botanist would study such flora.
Holt, a plant physiologist, talked about her involvement in the film and the “Pandorapedia,” a detailed catalog of the moon’s features, including its many plants.” link
“Our longtime friend and frequent contributor Copernicus saw AVATAR and wanted to share some thoughts about the film’s science. Copernicus is a quite a scientist himself, so this is a very fascinating read & we really appreciate his taking the time to put this piece together for us.” link
“If you want an emotionally satisfying fantasy about wounded nature, try Princess Mononoke; if you want a whimsical, visually stunning action adventure where the dialogue rises above “Outstanding, Marine!”, rent the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Sometime in the next twenty years or so, the technology that enabled Avatar will become cheap enough to risk employing alongside a moderately intelligent script. But if you want to see the technical state of the art right now, go ahead and pay your share of Avatar’s nine-figure budget. Think of it less as a piece of entertainment than a glimpse of the kind of day-dreams your not-too-distant descendants might well be scripting and directing in real time themselves.”, Greg Egan, link
“While Frommer was working out the structure of Na’vi in 2005 and 2006, however, he studiously avoided looking at Klingon or any other constructed language (or ‘conlang’ for short). Instead he drew on his mentor Bernard Comrie’s work on linguistic typology and his own wide-ranging study of languages as diverse as Persian, Malay, Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese. The most exotic items in the Na’vi sound system are three ejectives ‘kx, px and tx’ that require explosive bursts of breath. They come in handy for such piquant epithets as skxawng, loosely translated as ‘moron’ which became a popular put-down among crew members during production.” link
“As will be apparent, the information below is not intended to be anything like a complete description; the Phonetics and Phonology section is the most complete, but the Morphology and Syntax sections are mere sketches.” link
“Avatar is set in a world where the needs of corporate military units align against the interests of indigenous blue humanoids long inhabiting a planet with mineral resources desired by the high tech militarized invaders. The exploitation of native peoples to capture valuable resources is a story obviously older than Hollywood, and much older than the discipline of anthropology itself; though the last century and a half has found anthropologists’ field research used in recurrent instances to make indigenous populations vulnerable to exploitation in ways reminiscent of Avatar.” link
“Whether Avatar is racist is a matter for debate. Regardless of where you come down on that question, it’s undeniable that the film – like alien apartheid flick District 9, released earlier this year – is emphatically a fantasy about race. Specifically, it’s a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people. Avatar and scifi films like it give us the opportunity to answer the question: What do white people fantasize about when they fantasize about racial identity?” link
“Extremely strong, slightly mixed, New Age pagan, politically correct worldview contains strong environmentalist content and extremely strong communalistic group think philosophy, overt New Age Gaia/Goddess worship and tree worship extolling people over the individual and promoting the connectedness of everything in nature, a strong Marxist overtone, and very strong anti-capitalist content where human capitalists are presented as greedy, merciless thugs abusing the creatures and landscape of another planet, but with some Christian references and allusions with some Christian, biblical values able to be read into the movie, including themes of being born again, sacrificing yourself for others, and respecting nature, but, on closer examination, these themes differ from the revealed, biblical Good News of Jesus Christ, plus some occult content of speaking to dead spirits; 26 obscenities and 10 profanities; very strong bloody violence with huge battle scenes, people impaled by spears and arrows, stabbings, hatchetings, attacks by vicious animals, poisonings, bloody wounds, death, people caught in the mouths of large creatures, creepy tree grows into people, and people and creatures shot, blown up, and run over, plus ugly alien creatures could cause children nightmares; sexual content includes allusions of sex between partially clad aliens and hints of bestiality with animals and sentient aliens establishing physical and mental connections that are like a spiritual, almost sexual â??highâ?; some upper female nudity on aliens, 10-foot-tall humanoid creatures nearly naked throughout the movie, with partially nude breasts and partial upper nudity, very thin alien clothing, upper and human male nudity; brief alcohol use; smoking and implied drug references; and, greed and exploitation rebuked, and movie promotes an anti-human, reverse racist ideology.” link