^ Agreed...I just don't get the resistance to Avatar on many levels. I will concede that the story for the first movie did not break new ground for cinematic narratives, but it was an enjoyable film with absolutely stunning visuals.
Here's some of the recurring arguments I hear repeatedly...
But Avatar doesn't belong in a Disney Park, especially AK:
The notion that Avatar doesn't fit in AK is silly. The whole first movie is strongly grounded in the ideology of living with and amongst the land. Being one with nature, co-existing, conservation, multi-cultural diversity, respecting all life and only taking what is needed to survive. Aren't these themes that AK expresses through out the whole park? I'll say this much, once Pandora finally opens to the public, it will look a hell of a lot more like it belongs at AK than Chester and Hester's.
But Pandora isn't even real, it's a made up world, I want Beastly Kingdom:
Ummm, so fire breathing Dragons and Unicorn's aren't imagined beasts, much like the flying Banshees or Thanators that inhabit Pandora? I want Beastly Kingdom too, but that ship has sailed, possibly forever. The notion that imagined beasts from centuries of folklore are anymore credible than imaginary beasts created from the minds of modern artist and story tellers is very narrow thinking. Fantasy is fantasy, and it's up to Disney to create an experience that utilizes the creatures found within whatever world they are delving into, to create an immersive presentation that exceeds the highest level of themed story telling possible.
But Avatar isn't even an original Disney story, it doesn't belong amongst the other original Disney properties:
Well, we might as well remove Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Marvel, The Muppets, Pixar, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Frozen and that spiffy new Mine Train coaster as well since Snow White isn't an original Disney IP either.
There's more, but it's late and I need sleep, but you get the idea. My concern lies more with cutting corners than it does with anything else. If Disney starts scaling back, then they will fall short of what they can pull off. I'm very optimistic this will not be the case due to the fact that Joe Rohde and James Cameron are both entrenched in this project. Both are master craftsman and storytellers and operate on an extremely high level of enthusiasm, perfection and attention to detail. AK is Rohdes baby and Avatar is Cameron's. Both are dedicated to creating an experience that pushes themed entertainment beyond the realm of what we currently know as being possible. When Rohde says(paraphrasing), "some of the things we want to do haven't been done yet, so we need to invent them", that gets me very excited at the prospect of what this land may very well end up being. That's the old Disney Imagineering way of doing things...having fun, doing the impossible!