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Developing sign language for the new Avatar movie

Developing sign language for the new Avatar movie

On December 13, 2022, “Avatar: The Way of Water” celebrates its premiere in Austria.


The first part of what was then the most successful movie of all time dates back 13 years.

In the first part, the main character had Soldier Soldier before transforming into Nav’i Walking impairment right Now Sign language is spoken. One can be curious.

It’s all about this

Ex-Marine Sully, who landed in the first part with human soldiers on the distant moon Pandora, met a species called Nav’i there, and allied with them in the ensuing conflict. He also fell in love with Chief Neytiri’s daughter, meanwhile, her relationship with her began to form. family.

In the second part Avatar-Water Road Old enemies are back. Motives such as revenge, masculinity, family, and struggle characterize the plot of the second Avatar movie.

There are also the usual breathtaking visuals, this time the underwater world in particular stands out. But this is not the only novelty in the second part, because the Nav’i people use their own sign language.

As is the case in Taubenschlag online magazine A separate sign language was developed for the film, named after a deaf actor CJ Jones Work on development He also plays himself in the movie.

Avatar able?

Is the avatar capable? This question can be asked in connection with the former main character Marin Soule.

In his human form, he relies on a wheelchair and is given an undisabled Nav’i body. Moreover, the character is played by a strong bodied actor, and Sully spends a lot of his time on screen in physically strong shape.

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Why is there no place for disabilities in the tolerant, nature-loving world of the Nav’i? Why must the protagonist be “healed” in order to survive in the New World? Douglas Laman, an autistic film critic, addresses these critical points in A.J Movie review.

In “Avatar: The Way of Water” there is Nav’i sign language and a representative from the deaf community. Seems like a step in the right direction when it comes to portraying people with disabilities on film.

But make up your own mind.