Any of you good folks get your tickets for Avatar day yesterday? Probably not, huh? As you probably know, James Cameron is screening 16 minutes of Avatar in theaters, for free, on Friday, and yesterday, FOX was signing folks up for it over on their website. But of course, they weren’t prepared for the onslaught of people trying to get tickets, so the Avatar site crashed (only 17,000 of the 68,000 tix were given away before the crash). I spent nearly 2 hours trying to get in yesterday, only to finally give up, and then return to the site late last night to get my admittance (I live in Maine; I suspect the demand wasn’t that high, but elsewhere, I’m guessing tickets went much faster). The irony, of course, is that I could care less about either the trailer or, really, the full-length movie. The hype has already killed Avatar for me, and it’s going to take a tremendously good movie to overcome expectations. But, I figure: What else am I going to do while waiting for a screening of Basterds?
Anyway, Yahoo! has also debuted a teaser trailer, ahead of first full length trailer coming out later this week, I believe, which is in advance of the 16-minute screening. And it’s only August — Avatar doesn’t hit theaters until December, by which time we’ll probably have seen half the movie and decided against seeing it in protest to the wall-to-wall marketing hype.
Anyway, here’s the teaser trailer, which does absolutely nothing to whet my cinematic appetite. It’s kind of silly looking. But then again, I’m probably not the target audience. And besides: Avatar is going to have to be one hell of a goddamn superb movie after District 9, which is probably my favorite sci-fi movie of the decade (who else, while watching District 9, had this ringing through their mind: “Hey, Michael Bay. Transform this, bitch!”)
Here you go (cool animation!).