While we wait for Pandora – The World of Avatar to open next summer at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Avatar: Discover Pandora, a spectacular new, state-of-the-art interactive exhibition, had its world premiere in Taipei, Taiwan last week for a three-month showcase.
A featurette for the exhibition has been released, and it features Eddie Newquist, Chief Creative Officer/EVP at Global Experience Specialists (GES), and Jon Landau, James Cameron's longtime producing partner at Lightstorm Entertainment, previewing the exhibition.
To make Avatar: Discover Pandora visually gorgeous, enertaining, educational, and truly immersive, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment put together a team of production designers, art directors, engineers, 3D digital artist, sculptors, scenic designers, painters, costumers, educational educational writers, interactive designers, prop makers, and concept artists.
"A couple years ago, we began collaborating with 20th Century fox and Lightstorm Entertainment to develop an exhibition that would allow audiences around the world to see, feel, hear, and even smell Pandora firsthand," Newquist explained. "We want guests to experience the wonders of Pandora firsthand, so we decided to bring them here to Earth, so you get to go through and you get to see the creatures. You get to mee the Na'vi culture and understand how they function. You get to expore some of the technologies that are being utilized on Pandora. Visitors will marvel at the wonders of Pandora, where many details of James Cameron's artistic vision have been painstakingly recreated."
Landau added, "This is not an exhibit about the making of the movie. This is about giving the people the opportunity to see Pandora up close and personal"
In the 2009 original, Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully was a wounded former Marine confined to a wheelchair. His bravery and destiny help define a world he didn’t even know existed. As Jake’s relationship deepened with Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri, a fearless and beautiful Na’vi huntress, he learned to respect the Na’vi way and finally took his place among them.