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Where is the cliff from the cut scene?

I was playing Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora last night, I was flying around the area next to where Drill Base Omega was located. I was trying to find where the cliff is that they are on during the cut ...
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How are the inhabitants of Earth supposed to be transferred to Pandora?

In my question here, I asked about the political system on Earth during the time of the Avatar movie. A comment by Klaus states In The Way of Water, it is briefly mentioned that the Earth is becoming ...
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What is Jake trying to say before the pod closes completely?

Dr. Grace closes the pod in which Jake is lying down to transform into his Avatar body: Dr Grace: Down. Just relax and let your mind go blank. That shouldn't be hard for you. Jake: Kiss the darkest ...
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How arrows are damaging aircraft canopy here but previously not?

In previous battle between Navi and Sky people, arrows did just scars on aircraft canopy: But in final battle, arrows penetrate aircraft canopy here:
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What "picture" is Dr Grace referring to?

Dr. Grace just woke up from the pod inside the lab: Dr Grace: Who's got my goddamn cigarette? Guys! What's wrong with this picture? What "picture" is Dr Grace referring to?
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What does "alpha" mean?

In Avatar (2009) extended version, Max and Dr. Grace are trying to wake Jake Sully up from the pod: GRACE : Jake. Jake! MAX: He's in alpha. He's coming out right now. What does "alpha" ...
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What does it mean, "Vine strike's still loose"?

In Avatar (2009) extended version, Jake, who is in his wheelchair, meets Trudy in a large hall with weapons: Trudy: Hey, Wainfleet! Get it done! We bounce at zero-nine. Wainfleet: Yeah, I'm on it, ...
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Political situation on Earth in the time of Pandora?

During the initial sequences of the original Avatar movie, we learn that Jake Sully is an ex-marine (like most of the military personnel on Pandora), and has been through the VA (veterans ...
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Why does Dr. Grace Augustine argue with Parker Selfridge about Jake Sully?

Why does Dr. Grace Augustine argue with Parker Selfridge about Jake Sully being assigned to her after Sully has already landed on Pandora? Was this not decided 5 years ago before he left to go to ...
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How was the base on Pandora built in Avatar?

I understand that ships like the Venture Star were used to bring people to Pandora, but the Venture Star's actual payload is quite small (the fandom page says payload is 350 tons, you can also compare ...
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Why didn't Trudy wear a breathing mask in Avatar?

In the first excursion into the jungle, only Trudy and one other soldier are in their human bodies. The soldier has a breathing mask on but Trudy doesn't. How is she able to breathe in the toxic ...
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Why was the name 'unobtanium' used in Avatar?

When I first heard the word "unobtanium" used in Avatar it broke the 4th wall for me because I had heard it in other contexts, generally used in a joking way and so it seemed really out of place. Was ...
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Are Avatar and Aliens in the same universe?

The obvious out-of-universe relationship between the films Avatar and Aliens is that they share a director, James Cameron. This of course doesn't mean the story-lines cohabit but there are other ...
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With what Avatar has Norm Spellman logged some 400-500 hours of link time?

We're told that the Avatars "got big" on the 6-year flight to Pandora -- so they were apparently babies/larvae/whatever back home. How did Norm manage to link so many hours with an infant Avatar body?...
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Are the small black creatures the children of the big one?

Near the beginning of the movie, when Jake is first exploring the forest, he is chased by a black, oily, almost panther-like creature. In the night after he escapes ...
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How Do Several Trees Merge Into One Hometree?

According to Pandorapedia... "The name Hometree is misleading, as the structure is actually comprised of a grove of intertwined trees of the same species that have grown together, providing for ...
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What is a day like on Pandora?

I’ve heard people trying to tell me that a day on the moon Pandora would be like an average day like ours. But since it’s a moon around a planet with size comparison to Saturn, wouldn’t it have an ...
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What would happen if a Na'vi got his/her braid cut off?

Very simple question, but was there an in or out of universe answer for the question; What would happen if a Na'vi got his/her braid cut off? Would they die? Would it be like having your spinal cord ...
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If the Na'vi instantly recognize the Avatars as "Sky People", what is the point of having them?

In James Cameron's Avatar, it is explained that the whole point of the Avatar program is to make it so the humans look like the Na'vi so they will trust them. Selfridge says as much: Look, you're ...
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Why didn't Jake ask for his legs to be fixed before deploying?

In Avatar, why didn't Jake ask for his legs to be fixed before deploying? He brother was considered a considerable investment: Which is why they were after Jake. And they obviously wanted him for the ...
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Are there any sea creatures in Avatar?

Are there any sea creatures in Avatar? Being that James Cameron's ideas and influences were heavily influenced by earth sea creatures: James Cameron’s Love for Scuba Diving Shows in Avatar “I just ...
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Why are the avatars' hair plaited in the grow tubes?

Simple question, why or how are the avatars' hair plaited in the grow tubes? Do the Na'vi grow hair that is plaited, or is it something else that just looks like hair?
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Does the Tree of Souls on Pandora see the future?

How did the woodsprites (atokirina') or seed of the tree of souls know that Jake Sully was so important? The Tree of Souls (Vitraya Ramunong) is the connection to Eywa and the ancestor's. Ie messages ...
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How long had the humans been on Pandora before Sully's arrival?

The journey takes close to 6 years and in the opening scene, we see that the infrastructure is huge and well established, the open pit mine is gigantic and everything on the base seems to be in order. ...
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What was the objective of the ground forces in the final battle?

In the film Avatar, we see the human troops using their air superiority to good effect when they attack Home Tree. They're then challenged (in the air) by various raptors and flying creatures. At ...
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Is Unobtanium an element or a compound?

Unobtanium is described as a "highly valued mineral" found on Pandora. But according to the Wikipedia, "A mineral is a naturally occurring substance that is solid and representable by a chemical ...
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How far is Pandora from Alpha Centauri A

I have this little project of my own to determine to how extent is Avatar's story-line scientifically possible. Pandora, where the story-line of Avatar takes place is depicted as a moon orbiting ...
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If the Hallelujah Mountains are made from Unobtanium why attack Home Tree?

Inspired by this question, if the Hallelujah Mountains float because they're full of Unobtanium then why doesn't the company mine them instead of spending so much time and effort moving/forcing the Na'...
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Do avatar drivers sleep?

In the film Avatar we see Jake sleep in his avatar body and wake up in his human one and vice versa. Does this mean he effectively moves from one body to another and never needs to rest or does he ...
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Heinlein's Influence on Avatar

There is a surprising similarity between the James Cameron's movie "Avatar" and Time for the Stars by Robert Heinlein. Both stories involve twin brothers, one of whom is crippled. Was Heinlein's ...
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Time dilation and communication in Avatar

At the beginning of Avatar, Jake says he has been in suspended animation for 6 years. Because of this time delay, how can efficient planning take place? To put this in perspective: We have the idea ...
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In the movie Avatar, mountains were floating on their own but vehicles needed engines to fly, why?

When Quaritch organizes a pre-emptive strike against the Tree of Souls, the mountains were floating on their own while the RDA vehicles needed engines to fly, why?
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Why / For what purpose do the Na'Vi have tails?

In the movie Avatar, the Na'Vi have a human-like body; two hands, two legs and a head. Aside from their blue skin the only overt difference from humans is that they possess a tail. My question is : ...
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Is there a special title for someone who achieves "Tsaheylu" with a thanator?

In the Avatar (movie), when Jake was able to establish Tsaheylu with Toruk he was recognized as Toruk Makto. So when Nitiri achieves Tsaheylu with the thanator, had it been that creature was not ...
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Are the Na'vi vegetarian?

Considering how connected the Na'vi are to everything around them, and the anguish that they suffer when something dies or is killed, are they vegetarian? While hunting appears to be a coming of age ...
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What about Pandora's atmosphere is toxic to humans?

On Pandora, humans have to wear oxygen masks when moving about in the open air. On arrival, the soldiers are told, "you lose that mask you're unconscious in 20 seconds, you're dead in four minutes." ...
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Why is Pandora's atmosphere so toxic to humans, yet still so conducive to life?

I wasn't able to put my finger on it. Avatar wiki says: Pandora's toxic atmosphere is unbreathable by humans due to the presence of high concentrations of carbon dioxide (>18%) and hydrogen ...
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How did Jake Sully arrive in time?

In Avatar, Jake Sully is the paraplegic marine brother of a scientist who had been working on the Avatar program. Jake was needed as his brother had died, and only a similar genetic match would work ...
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Why did the mountains float in Avatar?

In the movie Avatar, the moon Pandora had floating mountains. I believe it was in an area called the flux vortex that was said to have a electrical interference. Did they ever explain or give hints ...
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What are the origins of natives in Avatar movies? [closed]

What are the origins of natives in Avatar movies (long height people with tail, and blue color). Either literary/art origins, or explanations for evolving this way.
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Are the Na'vi mammals?

In AVATAR the Na'vi are not placental mammals and breasts were for cinematic appeal. So are the Na'vi mammals at all?
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Why are Na'vi tetrapods?

I have a question about Avatar universe. Most animals on Pandora are hexapodal. Why then are Na'vi tetrapodal? I think that they should be closely biologically related to another animals, since they ...
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