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Avatar took theaters by storm in December 2009, and Avatar 3D remains the best contemporary example of 3D on the big screen. The movie took a familiar theme of a soldier going into a forbidding environment populated by savages (only to find out that the real savages aren't the natives, but his own kind), set it on an alien planet, and delivered it with amazing visuals that literally changed how (many) movies since then have been made.
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The movie emphasizes quite a few environmental messages, including living in harmony with the natural world, and it's perhaps this aspect (as well as its commercial appeal) that has Walt Disney Parks and Resorts joining forces with Avatar Director James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to create an Avatar-themed area inside Disney's Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida.
“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.”
“AVATAR created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we'll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new AVATAR films currently in development, we'll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron. “I'm chomping at the bit to start work with Disney's legendary Imagineers to bring our AVATAR universe to life. Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of AVATAR with an unprecedented sense of reality.”
The agreement gives Disney exclusive rights to creating other Avatar parks in the future, but none have been announced besides the one in Orlando. While it would be cool for an Adventures by Disney trip to take us to see the floating mountains of Pandora, we'll have to be content with seeing that wonderful world in the confines of the theme park brought to life through the creativity of the Walt Disney Imagineering team. Construction on the Orlando project is set to begin in 2013.
That timeframe is well-planned, as the release of Avatar 2 3D is planned for December 2014.
Source: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Press Release
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