We all know Avatar: The Last Airbender’s opening credits. The four elements–air, earth, fire, and water–come together to retain the balance between their respective kingdoms before the Fire Nation attacks. It’s an iconic intro, one that has been recreated multiple times over. As cliche as it might seem to use Pokemon to replace the elemental benders of the story, an animator took the obvious and made it adorable in this recreation.
An animator named Kay took the Avatar intro and smashed four Pokemon in the place of the benders. This premise had been something Kay thought about for over 10 years and was “a long time coming.” In the delightful recreation, the four elements are replaced by Charmander, Pidgey, Sandshrew, and Squirtle. What we get is a fluid, if short, animation showcasing the devastating power of these four pre-evolutions. Check it out below.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m super stoked to share this final version with you all! This was an idea I had over 10 years ago and it makes me so happy to finally see it brought to life!💦🌍🔥💨
I’d love to get the final version spread around so RTs super appreciated!! pic.twitter.com/SWvT9pX1dK
— K. 💙 (@OhKayArt) September 1, 2020
Earlier this year, Netflix gained the streaming rights to the Avatar franchise. You can stream both The Last Airbender and its sequel series, The Legend of Korra, on the streaming platform right now. A live-action adaptation that was announced by Netflix back in September 2018 has stalled after the show’s creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, quit the production due to creative differences.