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Old July 14 2012, 03:48 PM   #481
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Was there any interesting additional information in those commentaries?
To be honest, not so much. It's basically just "Yeah, we thought it would be neat if this happened." I guess there's some stuff about their inspirations, like how mixed martial arts inspired pro-bending and so on, but nothing that you can't also get from the Avatar Wiki and online articles. So it could be informative if you've read nothing about the show online, I guess.
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Old July 16 2012, 01:56 AM   #482
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Awesome cosplay...
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Old July 16 2012, 04:15 AM   #483
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Wow. Her complexion's a few shades too light, but otherwise it's a very impressive likeness, right down to the, err, physique. Although I assume the vivid blue eyes were either contacts or image retouching.
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Old July 16 2012, 04:23 AM   #484
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^ I thought the eyes were too blue as well. Couldn't tell if they were contacts or if they were retouched. Something was done though. Good stuff though. I've seen a lot of Korra coslpay and this set is pretty good.
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Old July 16 2012, 06:51 PM   #485
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Cosmetic contacts...

If you look at the full resolution image of this portrait...

http://torremitsu.deviantart.com/art...-out-314441848

...you can see a wagon-wheel spoke pattern radiating from the pupils.

But, d*mn, she is a knock-out! What a beautiful face!

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Old July 17 2012, 05:40 AM   #486
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^ She's even got the body language down, more or less...



I also like that there's a couple of water bending pics in the set like this one. I wasn't sure if it was a real spash at first but now I see that it isn't.
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Old July 17 2012, 03:12 PM   #487
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The one where she recreates Korra's parody of Lin's "I'm watching you" gesture is funny.

I would've liked to see her do this one, though:

http://hdscreenshots.avatarspiritmed...a/101/0586.jpg

Or:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...ooking_out.png
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Old July 18 2012, 04:56 AM   #488
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Here's the other cosplayer I was thinking off.
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Old July 18 2012, 03:11 PM   #489
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Not bad, but they didn't give her the blue eyes.

And... seriously? There are people shipping Korra with Tahno?! That's... not right.
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Old July 19 2012, 01:06 AM   #490
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Yeah, that's my one issue with that person's stuff.
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Old July 19 2012, 02:59 AM   #491
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The more I re-watch TLoK, the more I want to know who Korra's key animator is. Her look, body language, and "acting" are so consistent that I think it must be the work of one artist, like the way Glen Keane was the key animator for Pocahontas and Rapunzel and others. Whoever has that job for Korra is simply brilliant. She's so well-animated, with a consistent way of moving and posing and showing expression that just conveys her character so well.

Also... I have to say this carefully to avoid it sounding prurient... but I'm really impressed by the way they animate Korra's breasts. I mean, yeah, she's a relatively ample-chested character, but not in the exaggerated, caricatured, sexualized way of a lot of women in anime or comics or video games. And conversely, her bust isn't downplayed the way it might be in animation aimed at a younger audience. So it strikes a good balance between... well, between two extremes of immaturity, you could say. Or two extremes of dishonesty; they're neither censoring the fact that breasts are mobile things nor exaggerating it to pander to male fantasies. There is a lot of care put into rendering the way her breasts move when she's in action, or the way gravity affects them when she lies/falls down (particularly in the last few minutes of "The Aftermath"), but it's not the absurd, unnatural "breast physics" of video games or anime, just a realistic depiction of the motions of natural, unaugmented (and apparently unsupported) breasts. So it is sexy to watch for those of us who enjoy such things, but in a way that isn't objectifying to the character or alienating to women, and in a way that doesn't insult the audience by assuming we're all a bunch of juvenile fanboys. And in a way that's simply worth admiring as an aspect of the animator's skill and attention to realistic detail, and as an approach that's all too uncommon in the depiction of female characters in animation and comics.
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Old July 19 2012, 04:43 PM   #492
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^I rather suspect from the way she moves that they referenced her body language, movement etc. after a specific person, hence the consistency. Probably someone they hired specifically for that purpose. If her physique is anything to go by, I'd say she was a pro or semi-pro fighter of some description. I'm going to go with either kickboxing or taekwondo.
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Old July 19 2012, 04:47 PM   #493
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I've read that the producers based Korra's look and personality on a particular athlete, a mixed martial-arts fighter or something, but I'm not sure if it's the same person they might be using as a reference model.

Anyway, the animation is definitely not rotoscoped. The animators are no doubt using live models as reference, but aren't directly tracing them or anything. So the artists' skill and attention to detail is still very much a factor.
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Old July 19 2012, 04:51 PM   #494
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I hadn't noticed all that detail. It's fascinating.

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I've read that the producers based Korra's look and personality on a particular athlete, a mixed martial-arts fighter or something...
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Old July 19 2012, 05:09 PM   #495
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^Ah, MMA. Well I wasn't far off.

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I've read that the producers based Korra's look and personality on a particular athlete, a mixed martial-arts fighter or something, but I'm not sure if it's the same person they might be using as a reference model.

Anyway, the animation is definitely not rotoscoped. The animators are no doubt using live models as reference, but aren't directly tracing them or anything. So the artists' skill and attention to detail is still very much a factor.
I never said it was rotoscoped. Indeed, it's pretty obvious that it isn't. You're probably right though in that they're using the same artist for all of Korra's key animation. Or failing that they have one main guy/girl and anyone else who does it have to stick *very* close to that standard. She is after all the main character, so it shouldn't be surprising that she receives such close attention to detail.

On a totally different topic, I just stated to re-watch the show and only just now have I noticed in the credits that Tenzin is voiced my J.K. Simmons! Maybe it's because he doesn't spend the whole time shouting, but I never would have called that just listening to him.
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