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The Puppetmaster 

Creepy things are afoot when the gang meets a mysterious old innkeeper with a secret.


Joaquim Dos Santos


Michael Dante DiMartino (creator), Bryan Konietzko (creator) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Zach Tyler ... Aang (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Mae Whitman ... Katara (voice)
Jack De Sena ... Sokka (voice) (as Jack DeSena)
Jessie Flower ... Toph (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Appa / Momo / Additional Voices (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Hama / Additional Voices (voice)
Stu Levin Stu Levin ... Old Man Dig (voice)
Salome Jens ... Additional Voices (voice)
Peter Jessop Peter Jessop ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Meskimen ... Additional Voices (voice)


Creepy things are afoot when the gang meets a mysterious old innkeeper with a secret.

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Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Although Katara uses bloodbending in a later episode, this is the only time the technique is actually mentioned in the series. See more »


[first lines]
Sokka: [Telling a ghost story] Suddenly they heard something down the hall in the dark. Ooh... It came into the torchlight. And they knew the blade of Wing-Fun was haunted! Aah-ah...
[Sokka dramatically pulls his sword out and wails in an attempt to be scary. Aang, Katara, and Toph are unimpressed]
Aang: I think I liked 'the man with a sword for a hand' better.
Toph: Water Tribe slumber parties must stink.
Katara: No, wait, I've got one, and this is a true Southern Water Tribe story.
Sokka: [Skeptical] Is this one of ...
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forget japan, possibly greatest animation so far
8 October 2013 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

To excel at animation, you need several things. Great art. Avatar has it. The key to doing characters is the eyes, and while all the best anime from Japan tends to have the same eyes -- check it out -- the artists in Avatar somehow took their craft a step further. It's easy to miss but only in Avatar have I seen faces that show complex human emotions and it's all in the eyes. Next you need voice actors and Avatar has some of the best. Mae Whitman as Katara and Mako as Uncle Iroh are nothing less than brilliant in a cast that excels. Finally you need a narrative, and one of the astonishing things about the whole series is the deep metaphysical skeleton hidden beneath what appears to be a children's cartoon. (If you have doubts, watch the episode in the swamp where it is explained how all things are connected; or the episode in which Ang needs to master each chakra to achieve his skill). As was the case with Matrix and Lord of the Rings, you can have good entertainment with a weak story but you cannot have great entertainment without a great story. To see this all come together you need to pay attention to an episode like this one. Superficially this is just a ghost story stuck in the middle of the larger narrative. But on closer examination the story in fact serves the larger narrative well while standing on its own merit brilliantly. An astonishing example of the craft of animation at its best.

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