Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Crunchyroll Release ‘Become the Avatar,’ The Last Airbender Social Media Experience
LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ — Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Crunchyroll, Inc., announced today the release of ‘Become the Avatar,’ a freeplay interactive social media game and experience based on M. Night Shyamalan’s July 2, 2010 3D release The Last Airbender. ‘Become the Avatar’ is available now by accessing the “Games” section of the official The Last Airbender movie website, http://www.thelastairbendermovie.com/ or directly on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/becometheavatar
Featuring visuals from the film, ‘Become the Avatar’ allows fans of the movie to play as any one of the Four Nations in a casual, ‘level-up’ adventure to become a bender of their favorite element. Utilizing Crunchyroll’s in-house development studio headed by Crunchyroll co-founder James Lin, Crunchyroll and Paramount Pictures have worked closely together with the filmmakers to create a social media experience aligned with M. Night Shyamalan’s vision of the world of The Last Airbender. ‘Become the Avatar’ is not rated by the ESRB.
Crunchyroll Vice President of Licensing Rob Pereyda said: “We love working with big brands, and being a part of the launch of one of the most action-packed and anticipated movies in a long time is an exciting step for us. By leveraging our internal resources and expertise in brand adaptation, product development, and game design, we have created what I hope is also one of this year’s most talked about social media games. Hopefully, the only thing that pulls ‘Become the Avatar’ players away from the game is the release of the film itself on July 2, 2010!”
Paramount EVP of Interactive Marketing Strategy & Film Production Amy Powell said: “We have noticed a high affinity for social media among potential moviegoers of The Last Airbender, so it is only natural to extend our interactive marketing to a social media game. In social media gaming, with Crunchyroll’s expertise, we were able to create an experience that broadly appeals to the casual and hardcore fans, both of The Last Airbender movie and of social media itself.”
About The Last Airbender Film
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” which is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
About Nickelodeon Movies
Nick Movies has firmly established itself as a leading kid and family theatrical brand, producing a variety of live-action and animation features including The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Barnyard and the upcoming The Last Airbender. The feature film development and production division of Nickelodeon, Nick Movies, produces kid and family movies in association with its sister Viacom company, Paramount Pictures. Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Movies and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPad and Naruto Shippuden Official, set top boxes, affiliate websites and its own site, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.
Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
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