By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2009 at 10:14AM
The response to the Avatar teaser trailer that Fox released Thursday was mixed.
Take Spoutblog for example, which posted ten movies that Avatar resembles, from Hellboy to Willow. Movieline dredges up the disastrous Delgo. Please! You might as well bring up the long-ago-and-far-away Jar Jar Binks. It's absurd, to compare a Nav'i warrior to Legolas in LOTR. Others are bringing up another fantasy world flop, Ferngully. Most of these stories are about traffic-chasing on a slow day. Avatar is tracking interest, which is a good thing.
But this does raise a marketing strategy question. The online trailer--even in HD--doesn't provide the immersive 3-D experience that the 3-D IMAX footage will give audiences on Friday's Avatar Day.
The question is whether Cameron and Fox might have been better off withholding some of the images of the Na'vi--the totally computer-graphic elements of the equation--until they could be viewed in context.
I was so wowed by the Comic-Con 3-D footage that I am confident that online naysayers will be singing a different tune after they see the Avatar 16 minutes.