Legend of Korra, Reanimated

Once upon a time, The Legend Of Korra’s elemental, feminist superhero was one of the most powerful on television. Male, or female, or other, and/or another.

Underrated and unappreciated, the intrepid heroine fought to stand out from popular programming. She was taken off of television, and then put back on again, unsupported beyond what was necessary by the powers that be, who didn’t know what to do with her.

As she saved the world(s), again and again.

“I am certainly proud to add Korra to the pantheon of TV characters, which is perpetually sorely lacking in multifaceted female characters who aren’t sidekicks, subordinates or mere trophies for male characters,” co-creator Bryan Konietzko once told me. “The notion that she is the most potent female character you can think of, and no other comes to mind, in a time when I hear there are more TV shows in production than ever before, is pretty depressing.”

News that her (often aimless) parent corporation Nickelodeon has struck a deal with Netflix to reanimate not just Korra but also the young elemental legends of Avatar: The Last Airbender, has blessedly broken. Prequels and sequels and adaptations and (re)iterations of books and comics and shows and movies are doubtlessly already hatching, and on their way.

From Netflix:

Hollywood, Calif. – November 13, 2019 – Netflix and Nickelodeon today announced that they have formed a new, multi-year output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series – based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as all-new IP – for kids and families around the world. This marks an expansion of the existing relationship between the companies, which has already brought several popular titles to Netflix, including animated specials Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Also forthcoming are specials based on The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Nickelodeon has generated scores of characters that kids love, and we look forward to telling wholly original stories that re-imagine and expand on the worlds they inhabit,” said Netflix vice president of original animation, Melissa Cobb. “We’re thrilled to continue collaborating with Brian Robbins, Ramsey Naito, and the creative team at Nickelodeon in new ways as we look to find fresh voices and bring bold stories to our global audience on Netflix.”

“Nickelodeon’s next step forward is to keep expanding beyond linear platforms, and our broader content partnership with Netflix is a key path toward that goal,” said Brian Robbins, President, Nickelodeon.

He added, “The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is home to the world-class artists and storytellers behind some of the most iconic characters and shows ever made, and our head of Animation, Ramsey Naito, has been building on that legacy over the past year by ramping up development and production exponentially. The ideas and work at our Studio are flowing, and we can’t wait to work with Melissa and the Netflix team on a premium slate of original animated content for kids and families around the world.”

Netflix Animation supports the global community of storytellers across all genres, tones, and techniques. The upcoming 2019 animated slate includes family animated feature film Klaus from Sergio Pablos (streaming November 15), kids animated series Dino Girl Gauko from Japan (streaming November 22), adult animated film I Lost My Body from Jérémy Clapin (streaming November 29), and Fast & Furious Spy Racers from DreamWorks (streaming December 26), among others.

I’ve written about Korra and Avatar at length; in fact, I was one of the first, carrying the banner while lesser heroes dominated our culture. Check out my interviews below with creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, and much more coverage.

And cross your fingers for her reanimation, as our exponential cli-fi apocalypse spirals out of control.


Legend of Korra: You Gotta Deal With It, Television!


When Will We Strive For the Heights of Avatar and Korra?


Legend of Korra, The Smartest Cartoon on TV


Legend of Korra Upgrades Avatar‘s Bending Epic


The Last Airbender Returns In Legend of Korra


The Last Airbender? M. Night Shyamalan Hopes Not


Avatar’s Cinematic Compression Implodes