Pandora – The World of Avatar is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida, USA! The global media and dedication event on May 23rd was attended by dignitaries from Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment, as well as the principle cast from the film and most major news organizations and movie industry media. It was an extravaganza that only Disney can bring. The attendees were wined and dined in high fashion and Disney took the opportunity to showcase some of their other new shows and attractions.
The Global Media Event lasted until well after dark. If Pandora is amazing in the daytime, it is absolutely mind-blowing at night. The bio-luminescent plants and animals make it seem like a completely different place. The floating mountains and lush alien rainforest really is another world. You are on Pandora.
Placing Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a perfect choice, because Avatar also has a theme of conservation, environmental responsibility, and respect for the natural world and indigenous cultures. This continues at Pandora almost everywhere you look. The setting is a generation later than the film and the Pandoran Conservation Initiative (PCI) has now been created. PCI’s focus is on reversing past habitat destruction and showing how even small changes in the ecology can cause decline or even collapse of dependent species up the food chain. On Pandora, a keystone species is the ikran, and the PCI is very busy learning how the excesses of the RDA and other activities have harmed their habitat and are creating courses of action to reverse the damage and restore Pandora. Of course, this kind of thing is also happening on Earth, here and now. The Message of Pandora that was started by Jim Cameron in 2009 continues with the power of Disney behind it. Beyond just raising awareness, Disney has announced a new $1,000,000 program connected to The World of Pandora that will aid in restoring habitats for animals here on Earth.
Not incidentally, the Na’vi language has a significant part in the presentation of Pandora. Many people will be exposed to Na’vi for the first time and likely will visit LearnNavi.org to learn more. Here they will find our amazing community, and we hope will be rewarded with everything they want to know about Na’vi.
Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney have graciously invited representatives from LearnNavi.org to attend the Global Media Event and opening of the long – awaited experience of Pandora – The World of Avatar at the Disney Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The creators of Avatar have been great friends and amazingly supportive of the Na’vi Language Community, so a resounding IRAYO to them for this opportunity!
The Na’vi language is used extensively throughout the new Disney attraction and we hope many people will want to learn more about it after their experience. If you have found LearnNavi.org after visiting Disney’s Pandora, welcome! Here you will find just about everything you need to learn the Na’vi language, from a library of tutorials and dictionaries, to interactive and group learning sessions via Skype, Discord and Webex, to a large and helpful fan community that can assist you in your journey to learn the language of the Na’vi!
Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has just landed the role of a lifetime – cast as a lead character in all four of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar films.
Producer Jon Landau revealed the news exclusively to the New Zealand Herald today, saying he and Cameron were “really excited”.
“Not only is Cliff a great actor but he is a great person too,” said Landau from his Los Angeles office.
Curtis will play Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan.
Landau said he and Cameron, who are members of New Zealand’s screen advisory board, have followed Curtis’ career from Once Were Warriors through to Dark Horse.
“No one shines brighter than Cliff,” said Landau, adding that Curtis is “a shining example of the extraordinary creative talents from New Zealand’s film community that have drawn us to produce our films in the country”.
Curtis will join returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver on the shoot, which will begin production at Wellington’s Stone Street Studios next year.
As Pandora: The World of AVATAR approaches its opening next month, Disney has released another behind the scenes look into this exotic land. Today the topic is on creating the lush wildlife, as well as the animals that live on the planet of Pandora. You will be able to hear and sense the animals all around you as you explore Pandora.