haha when they get confused that I'm talking about flying bison and arrowed people...I just explain that I'm talking about the original, not the Pocahontas rip off.
The movie Avatar
isn't a ripoff of the Last Airbender
or even Disney's Pocahontas.
It's a completely different story line, and has always been called Avatar. It's unfortunate that the biological replicants are called avatars, but I don't think James Cameron was even aware of the Last Airbender series.
Cameron took information from different books/stories to create the movie, but the one he relied on most was a series of books produced by Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series.
Herbert wrote about a planet called Pandora, which (not) coincidentally is the name of the planet in Avatar.
The biological replicant of a Na'vi native is called an Avatar by the people who made them. The Na'vi call them Dreamwalkers, and know they're not real natives.
I don't think it's Pocahontas like at all, although I can see why some of you would think so.
Some of the things in this mish-mash of different stories were pure Cameron, like 'unobtanium'. Really? That's really
the best he could come up with? Gah!