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Old 09-22-2010, 06:00 AM
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I feel a bit odd reading through some of the topics around here, as well as back on AF, because it occurs to me that a majority of people on these boards suffered from PAD, as they call it, at some point.

Is it weird that I've never experienced any sort of emotional rattling from this movie, and just found it to be very exciting and entertaining, with fantastic and immersive settings and animation? Granted, visiting Pandora would be a lot of fun if I had an Avatar, but I certainly have no desire to transform into a Na'vi or move to Pandora.

I guess I just don't understand PAD and it makes me feel like odd man out. Does anyone else out there feel the same?
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:06 AM
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No you are not. I don't think I ever felt true PAD. For me it has been almost exclusively positive. I still have the effects of PAE to some degree from time to time.

The thing is though I feel that I had already been through PAD earlier in my life. I worked through the "is this all there is" kind of issues that typify the PAD as I have seen it. I had what is known as existential depression bad when I was a teen. While PAD has more to it than just existential depression, it is an important component. So while I didn't suffer from it, I understand it very well.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:17 AM
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There are a lot of different people here. Some have had a feeling of depression after watching the movie, and some have not.

You are not alone.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:19 AM
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I guess some get that effect and some don't. For me it was as if seeing the film had leached the colour out of the real world- not that there was much colour to begin with in the depths of a miserable UK winter. That's when I knew I had to go back to Pandora.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:26 AM
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Glad to know that I'm not strange in this respect. I suppose some of it has to do with my personal life. I love to travel and get outside, so I'll always say that planet Earth is pretty cool and bad-ass, even when compared to Pandora.

I suppose my perspective is that if the real world seems lacking in color, I should go in search of its color.

Not to mention, when I was a boy, I always wanted to be an animator. I would watch cartoons and Disney movies endlessly admiring the talent and artistry behind it. I suppose Avatar has a very technical appeal for me in that sense. It's like the ultimate rotoscoping, and it makes me wish that more people would take this kind of animation more seriously, rather than seeing it as a gimmick.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:27 AM
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I suppose my perspective is that if the real world seems lacking in color, I should go in search of its color.

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I moved to Australia
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:32 AM
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Nah, I never felt sad over it either. I quite liked it, but that too has kinda flared and died down to an ember.


Such is the way of things.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:37 AM
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I moved to Australia
Ha ha, there's one way of doing it. I'd be the type to move to Alaska probably. Any place rugged and cold does it for me.

I remember that scene where Jake and friends were climbing up the Iknimaya to tame a banshees, and the first thing I thought was, "wow, I really need to go hiking again soon." The best of Pandora reminds me what I like so much about Earth; the ruggedness and the variety, and how much there is to explore and see. It makes me get excited and pepped up more than anything.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:38 AM
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no real PAD for me, it just opened my eyes that we have our own "pandora" here, its called EARTH! it has made me more aware of the world's beauty and wonders and made me want to take more pro-activate roles in preserving and protecting it.
So no PAD, just shifted my perspective on things
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:59 AM
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I never had PAD, but I did feel a strong emotional connection to the movie. It was a more uplifting one than a depressing one
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:11 AM
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I had PAD, though it was mainly existential, similar to txen. I saw in Avatar a people that were living life to the fullest, and enjoying every minute of it - hunting, swimming, Pa'li riding, flying, exploring the forest, etc. Basically making everyday the adventure it should be. I see that, and then I compare it to the modern human world - so restrictive, so bureaucratic, so boring. Everyday could be the same kind of adventure here, too. Why do we choose to fritter our time away being workers and consumers? This honestly
can't be the pinnacle of human existance, it just can't be.

Well, that's pretty much PAD to me.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:18 AM
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PAD? For ages, I didn't even know what that meant. I didn't really know what PAE was at the time, either.

I just respect it as a great movie and an eye opener to society and environmental issues.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:47 AM
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No two Avatar fans are the same. Some experience PAD, some experience PAE, some experience both in either order, and some experience neither. Yet we all love the movie enough to be ToS members.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:38 PM
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I had PAD, though it was mainly existential, similar to txen. I saw in Avatar a people that were living life to the fullest, and enjoying every minute of it - hunting, swimming, Pa'li riding, flying, exploring the forest, etc. Basically making everyday the adventure it should be. I see that, and then I compare it to the modern human world - so restrictive, so bureaucratic, so boring. Everyday could be the same kind of adventure here, too. Why do we choose to fritter our time away being workers and consumers? This honestly
can't be the pinnacle of human existance, it just can't be.

Well, that's pretty much PAD to me.
QFT.

Somethimes, I still wonder if living a life like that IS still possible here on Earth, but i'm going to try at least.

Searching for that colour, as you said.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:12 PM
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Ditto here with not having any real emotional issues. I am a lot older than a lot of people here and have experienced a lot more. This movie made me long for the mountains in No. California and wanting to see Hawaii...
I am more of a technical person too, I wanted to know how the movie was made and what made it so special.
I am trying to get into the characters but with the way the story had to be cut down to theater length it was very flat.
Some of us are crazy, and some of us aren't.
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