The ‘Avatar’ Voice Actors Include Mark Hamill, George Takei, and Serena Williams

It only makes sense that Avatar: The Last Airbender, an impressive animate television series (we think, the best, the most impressive), should also have an impressive list of voice acting talents.

And Avatar doesn’t just boast beloved voice acting pipes like Mark Hamill (Fire Lord Ozai) and Scott Menville (an actor playing Sokka); it also sneaks in several guest cameos, like Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies (and Avatar’s equally evil General Zhao), Serena Williams (who voices a prison guard), and freaking George Takei (who voices a prison warden). Evidently, there are a lot of prison characters in Avatar.

But the series’ principle cast of voice actors really brings it all home, voicing Aang, Sokka, Katara, Toph, and Zuko. And, of course Appa and Momo, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who said he made up most of the sounds just based on the sketches he received of the two creatures (which are closest to a lemur and a bison).

Here are all the actors who voiced the major characters.

Zach Tyler (Aang)

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Tyler was eleven when doing the voice acting for Aang (12 in the show) in season 1. Tyler also did voice acting work for The Backyardigans and The Ant Bully, but more or less disappeared after the series. Typical Avatar move.

Jack De Sena (Sokka)

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De Sena described Sokka as a goofball and said he mostly had to just exaggerate all of his instinctual voices. (Which must mean De Sena is also kind of a goofball; people of a certain age will remember him as such on Nickelodeon’s All That.) He’s now the voice of Callum in Netflix’s The Dragon Prince.

Mae Whitman (Katara)

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Whitman is also a recording artist and screen actor (best known for her roles in Arrested Development and Good Girls), appearing in Independence Day when she was eight.

Dante Basco (Zuko)

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Basco was one of the older voice talents for the series’ kids. He was 28 during the show’s first season. Basco also voices Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long and Iroh II in The Legend of Korra.

Jessie Flower (Toph)

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Flower was the same age as Toph (12) during some of the voice acting.

Mako Iwamatsu (Uncle Iroh)

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Maybe the most accomplished actor in the cast, Mako was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Tony. He passed away after the second season of the series. Greg Baldwin then became the voice of Iroh as well as another famous Mako role: Aku in Samurai Jack.

Grey Griffin/DeLisle (Azula)

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DeLisle has voiced everything. She was Sam in Danny Phantom, Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy, and Daphne from Scooby-Doo. She now voices the characters of Martin, Sherri and Terri on The Simpsons.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Now Streaming On Netflix

There’s a lot of new TV series and movies coming to Netflix in May 2020, but few have as passionate a following as Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch this series (or you’re just looking for a way to watch it again), The Last Airbender is now available for streaming.

Not sure if the animated adventure classic is for you? Here’s what the show is about. The Last Airbender takes place in a fictional east Asia-like setting, in which people can learn the art of “bending” that allows them to control one of the four elements: fire, water, earth, and air. The Avatar is a special individual who can learn to control all four, reincarnating over and over as a protector of the world. At the start of the series, siblings Sokka and Katara discover the latest Avatar, a young airbender named Aang who is the last of his kind, and agree to travel with him as he learns to control the other three elements so that he’ll be strong enough to stop the war-like Fire Nation from taking over the world.

Premiering in February 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender is composed of three seasons, ultimately concluding in July 2008. The show was reimagined as an absolutely awful 2010 live-action movie of the same name (seriously, don’t bother with that one–but be aware that it exists, it’s also available on Netflix currently). Thankfully, the Avatar universe also got a much better sequel animated series in 2012 called The Legend of Korra.

In September 2018, Netflix announced a live-action remake of The Last Airbender, with production to start in 2019. Avatar: The Last Airbender executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have signed on to be the executive producers and showrunners for this new live action remake, assuring fans that they won’t make the same mistakes as the movie.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a joint announcement. “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building.”

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James Cameron’s Billion-Dollar ‘Avatar’ Sequels Can Resume as New Zealand Gets Back to Work

New Zealand appears to have a firm hold on the COVID-19 situation, as Saturday, May 9 marks the first day the island country has reported no new cases. According to Deadline, some TV and film productions “are already safely underway,” as confirmed to the outlet by the New Zealand Film Commission. That means James Cameron’s “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” could soon resume production, as well as Amazon’s mammoth “Lord of the Rings” series. In a world where quarantine shutdowns have brought film and television production to a screeching halt, New Zealand’s health protocols now enable sets to get back to work, albeit with safety guidelines.

“Avatar” director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau were in production on the first two of the four planned “Avatar” sequels when filming was suspended in the middle of March. Production has reportedly managed to continue virtually in California in collaboration with Weta Digital to create the film’s costly special effects. Production on the sequels is said to total more than $1 billion. Release dates for the 20th Century Studios films are as follows: “Avatar 2” on December 17, 2021; “Avatar 3” on December 22, 2023; “Avatar 4” on December 19, 2025; “Avatar 5” on December 17, 2027.

As shared via “Avatar” social media accounts, the ambitious shoot was well underway, with motion capture on the first two sequels already completed. See below. According to Deadline, no one from the team is yet known to be back in New Zealand.

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Along with hope for the “Avatar” sequels to resume filming, Amazon’s big-budget “Lord of the Rings,” which was shooting in West Auckland, could also start rolling again. When production shut down in March, cast and crew were in the middle of filming the first two episodes, with director J.A. Bayona at the helm. A second season of the fantasy epic inspired by the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien already has the greenlight. IndieWire has reached out to Amazon for comment regarding when the shoot on “Lord of the Rings” might pick up again.

As of May 9, New Zealand has less than 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and only 20 deaths. The country managed to keep the virus at bay, at least relative to other places around the world, when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put in a strict national lockdown on March 23, a month after New Zealand’s first recorded case.

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