Dante Basco, who voiced Zuko in the animated film Avatar: The Last Airbender series, does his best to impress SpongeBob smile. Basco played the irascible firemaster and exiled prince who finds his fate intertwined with Avatar Aang everywhere. Avatar: The Last Airbenders three-season run from 2005 to 2008. The anime-influenced series found unusual success for a series aimed at children, both critically acclaimed and loved by fans, and experienced a resurgence when it was aired on Netflix in 2020 during the pandemic.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asian-inspired world with fantasy and martial arts elements that allow some people to manipulate or ‘bend’ one of four elements: water; soil; firework; or air. Only the avatar, who reincarnates as a new person after death, can control all four elements. In the series, it’s up to the current avatar, Aang, to master the elements in time to stop the Fire Nation from taking over the world. Meanwhile, Basco’s Zuko hunts Aang to regain his honor and take his place as Prince of the Fire Nation, but over the course of the series morphs into a peaceful, friendly friend of his former adversary. Zuko became a beloved character, with many praising his character’s arc of redemption and Basco’s vocal performance.
Now Basco makes his voice heard as the higher and more annoying SpongeBob SquarePants. On the SpongeBob Instagram page, a video from San Diego Comic-Con reveals Basco and other actors attempting to create SpongeBob’s signature laugh, with the series’ voice actor Tom Kenny on hand to show them how. Basco’s normal voice is already pretty close to Zuko’s, so it sounds a bit like Zuko is laughing uncomfortably as he drives down a bumpy road. Watch his impression below:
Bosco continued with the voice of General Iroh, Zuko’s grandson, in Avatar: The Last Airbenderthe equally popular sequel series, The Legend of Korra. utilities, Avatar: The Last Airbender is getting a Netflix live-action remake series that will follow the same adventures as the original animated show. Although production was completed in June after seven months of filming, a release date is still unknown, but will feature eight-hour episodes.
It’s exciting to see Basco still be involved in Comic-Con, giving fans a hilarious take on a beloved animated character other than his own, although Zuko’s voice can still be heard in his regular voice. He has been known to be recognized in public as the voice of Zuko, namely going viral for being recognized in a Starbucks. Whether it’s the fan-favorite firebender or SpongeBob SquarePants, it’s fun to see Basco enjoying other animated impressions, and fans are getting excited to see his character again in the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series in which Zuko is played by Dallas Liu.
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