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August 1, 2010

The Legendary Battle of Zuko vs Aang

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin from Blink on Vimeo.

OK, so maybe this isn’t a clip from Avatar: The Last Air Bender but I bet Amrit Maharaj wishes it was. Regardless (notice I didn’t say irregardless*) it is a very cool video (no pun intended).

Now I know what you’re thinking – “Aren’t those the guys from LOTR, you know, Smeagol and his brother?” No, Adam Speers and Phil Zimmerman are not Andy Serkis and Thomas Robins. By the way, Déagol was Sméagol’s friend, not brother – but I digress.

The point is that this video, while merely a short film with some nice music does a great job of telling a story that makes you want to learn more (that, and a flame thrower) without giving it all away. Part of me sees a deeper struggle between these two men that simple violence can not satisfy. They must battle in extremes to quench what ever anger exists between them.

The high speed filming makes the elements their own characters and builds up the suspense in a way few films can any more. The other characters cause you to question what their role (if any) is in all this. Are they simply there because this encounter was by chance, or were they specifically brought to witness (or even participate) in the mighty showdown.

Sadly, this seems to be nothing more than a cool (yes, very cool) ad spot for Diesel, an Italian design company specializing in the young adult market (aka the Uber Chic**). I was going to show you a sample of their ad campaigns, but this is a family friendly site . So here’s Vin Diesel instead.

*…you simpletons.
**read: NOT Uber Cheap

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