Avatar: The Last Airbender: Season 3, Episode 8

The Puppetmaster (9 Nov. 2007)

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Creepy things are afoot when the gang meets a mysterious old innkeeper with a secret.



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Episode cast overview:
Aang (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Katara (voice)
Sokka (voice) (as Jack DeSena)
Toph (voice)
Appa / Momo / Additional Voices (voice)
Hama / Additional Voices (voice)
Stu Levin ...
Old Man Dig (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
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Creepy things are afoot when the gang meets a mysterious old innkeeper with a secret.

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Aang: I bet if we take a little walk around town we'll find out what these people did to the environment to make the spirits mad.
Sokka: And then you can sew up this little mystery, lickety-split, Avatar-style.
Aang: Helping people... That's what I do.
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forget japan, possibly greatest animation so far
8 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

To excel at animation, you need several things. Great art. Avatar has it. The key to doing characters is the eyes, and while all the best anime from Japan tends to have the same eyes -- check it out -- the artists in Avatar somehow took their craft a step further. It's easy to miss but only in Avatar have I seen faces that show complex human emotions and it's all in the eyes. Next you need voice actors and Avatar has some of the best. Mae Whitman as Katara and Mako as Uncle Iroh are nothing less than brilliant in a cast that excels. Finally you need a narrative, and one of the astonishing things about the whole series is the deep metaphysical skeleton hidden beneath what appears to be a children's cartoon. (If you have doubts, watch the episode in the swamp where it is explained how all things are connected; or the episode in which Ang needs to master each chakra to achieve his skill). As was the case with Matrix and Lord of the Rings, you can have good entertainment with a weak story but you cannot have great entertainment without a great story. To see this all come together you need to pay attention to an episode like this one. Superficially this is just a ghost story stuck in the middle of the larger narrative. But on closer examination the story in fact serves the larger narrative well while standing on its own merit brilliantly. An astonishing example of the craft of animation at its best.

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