How Much Do You Know About AVATAR?

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

How Well Do You Remember Avatar? This Trivia Quiz Puts Your Knowledge to the Test

  • Question of

    Who was the director for AVATAR?

    • Steven Spielberg
    • Martin Scorsese
    • James Cameron
    • Quentin Tarantino

    Correct Wrong

    James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker and director, but has quite the plethora of accomplishments on top of that. Some of these include philanthropist, engineer, and inventor. He is also notably recognized for being the first human to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench in a submarine called the Deepsea Challenger.

  • Question of

    What was the name of the language created for AVATAR?

    • Sim’uh
    • Na’vi
    • Na’nu
    • Vi’nah

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is Na'vi! The Na’vi language was created totally from scratch by linguist Dr. Paul R. Frommer. James Cameron hired him to construct a language that the actors would be able to pronounce easily, but that did not resemble any single human language. Frommer created around 1000 words.

  • Question of

    What year was the original release of AVATAR supposed to be?

    • 1999
    • 2001
    • 2005
    • 1996

    Correct Wrong

    James Cameron who is notoriously known for exceeding budgets on his films for special effects had originally planned to have the film completed in 1999. At the time, the special effects he wanted were going to increase the budget to $400 million. No studio was willing to fund the film, and so it was shelved for eight years.

  • Question of

    What movie did James Cameron see that convinced him CGI effects were ready to make AVATAR?

    • The Perfect Storm
    • i, Robot
    • The Day After Tomorrow
    • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Correct Wrong

    James Cameron was so impressed by the CGI effects used to create the character Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers that he was convinced special effects were ready for his movie AVATAR as well. This was in the year 2002 and it still took another seven long years to complete and release his long-awaited film.

  • Question of

    How were Jake’s atrophied legs made?

    • Prosthetics of his own legs manipulated
    • False re-creations of fake prosthetics
    • Prosthetic casts from a real paraplegic
    • CGI effects

    Correct Wrong

    Jake’s atrophied legs were prosthetics cast from the legs of a real paraplegic. Sam Worthington’s (the character Jake in the film) real legs were tucked into the wheelchair and then were digitally removed in post-production.

  • Question of

    What percentage of the movie is live action?

    • 60%
    • 30%
    • 70%
    • 40%

    Correct Wrong

    The movie had only 40% live action because the other 60% was able to be reproduced using photo-realistic CGI. They were able to re-create this using a technology called "motion capture" technology.

  • Question of

    Where did James Cameron take the crew to prepare for the film?

    • Hawaii
    • New Zealand
    • Thailand
    • The Phillipines

    Correct Wrong

    To help the actors prepare for their roles, James Cameron took the cast to Hawaii, where they spent their days trekking through the forests and jungles and living like tribes (building campfires, eating fish, and doing various other outdoor survival activities), in order to get a better sense of what it would be like to live in the jungle on Pandora. He did this because there would not be any actual jungle sets to aid and guide the actors and crew.

  • Question of

    What human feature did James Cameron insist the Na’vi people have?

    • Eyelashes
    • Breasts
    • Hands
    • A human-like physique

    Correct Wrong

    Despite the fact that the Na’vi are not placental mammals, James Cameron insisted from the beginning that Neytiri, the female Na'vi character should have breasts. He insisted this so that she would look hot from a human’s point of view. This in his opinion was crucial to the success and acceptance of the movie as a whole.

  • Question of

    What other story features the concept of a “network of trees”

    • The Harry Potter Series
    • The Navajo Jungle Series
    • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Series
    • The Ender Series

    Correct Wrong

    The concept of a network of trees in which minds of the deceased continue to exist appears in several novels of the “Ender” series by Orson Scott Card. The trees in this series are sacred to the native (slightly humanoid) inhabitants, who tolerate the presence of a small human colony in their world until cultural misunderstandings eventually leads to major conflict.

  • Question of

    What other film has Sigourney Weaver been in by James Cameron?

    • Aliens
    • The Titanic
    • The Perfect Storm
    • Sanctum

    Correct Wrong

    Avatar is the first time Sigourney Weaver has appeared in a James Cameron film since Aliens (1986). James Cameron said that he didn’t want to cast her at first, exactly because she was, in his opinion, the safest choice to play the botanist. She won his heart over however, and did a fabulous job of her role in the film.

  • Question of

    How many fingers do the Na’vi have?

    • Four
    • Six
    • Three

    Correct Wrong

    In the final battle sequence, the Na'vi character Neytiri has a white hand print on her chest as part of her warpaint. The implication is obviously that this handprint must be Jake's because it has five fingers and Na'vi only have four. This shows the connection and commitment to being on the same side these two characters are.

  • Question of

    Where did James Cameron get his idea for the film AVATAR?

    • Alladin
    • The Labryinth
    • Pocahontas
    • Aliens

    Correct Wrong

    James Cameron admitted in an interview he got the idea for “Avatar” after watching Disney’s 1995 animated film “Pocahontas”.

  • Question of

    What do the Na’vi do while mating?

    • Link their ponytails
    • Link their bodies
    • Link their hands
    • Link their minds

    Correct Wrong

    When Jake is checking out his ponytail, the Dr. Augustine jokes, “Don’t play with that, you’ll go blind.” This was a common phrase taught to adolescent boys (referring to their genitalia) to discourage them from masturbating. We see later in the film that the Na’vi use their ponytails to link their minds while they are mating with one another.

  • Question of

    Who was Sigourney Weaver imitating in her Botanist role in the film?

    • Jane Fonda
    • Pocahontas
    • James Cameron
    • Jane Goodall

    Correct Wrong

    23 years after shooting Aliens, Sigourney Weaver finally appears in another James Cameron film. She commented that on the screen she was just channeling Cameron himself and wanted to portray an idealistic perfectionist with a great heart underneath. Sigourney is wearing a Stanford t-shirt throughout the movie because she attended Stanford in the early 1970s.

  • Question of

    What other males were considered for the lead?

    • Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Brad Pitt
    • Chris Pratt
    • Ben Affleck

    Correct Wrong

    One story speculates that not only was Jake Gyllenhaal favored for this role but Matt Damon was as well. Some will say that both actors were too busy filming other movies (Bourne Ultimatum and Prince of Persia) to play this role. Others are quick to say that James Cameron himself wanted an unknown actor and that’s why he chose Sam Worthington.

  • Question of

    Where did the design of the Na’vi come from?

    • A dream James Cameron had
    • James Cameron’s wife
    • James Cameron’s mother
    • A previous actor that had worked for Cameron

    Correct Wrong

    The Na'vi design is one of the most striking things about the film AVATAR. The idea actually came from James Cameron's mother. She had a dream about the Na'vi people and relayed the dream to her son. He was so astounded by the concept that he knew he had to make it into a movie.

  • Question of

    Who originally auditioned for the role of Jake Sully?

    • Chris Pratt
    • Matt Damon
    • Heath Ledger
    • Andrew Pierce

    Correct Wrong

    Way before Chris Pratt played the role of Star-Lord in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, he auditioned for the role of Jake Sully. Chris said this was a particularly tough audition and almost caused him to quit acting. He remembers hearing them talk about needing to have that "it" factor and because he didn't get the role he assumed he didn't have it in the eyes of Hollywood.

  • Question of

    What was the name of the Na’vi land?

    • Qutara
    • Pondona
    • Pandora
    • Lokura

    Correct Wrong

    James Cameron is quoted saying "it's kind of like the Garden of Eden, with teeth and claws," about Pandora, the fantastical world the Na'vi inhabited. Pandora has all kinds of strange earth-like features but ultimately Pandora is uninhabitable for humans.

  • Question of

    What character from Aliens was not allowed in Avatar?

    • Ellen Ripley
    • Michael Biehn
    • Pvt. Vasquez
    • Rebecca Jordan

    Correct Wrong

    Michael Biehn was considered for the role of Miles Quatrich in the film. After meeting with James Cameron three times and even seeing some of the 3D footage, Cameron decided not to have him in the film because he didn't want viewers to think it was Aliens all over again.

  • Question of

    What is the name of the female lead actress?

    • Zoe Saldana
    • Jessica Biel
    • Rashida Jones
    • Anna Farris

    Correct Wrong

    Zoe Saldana was born in 1978 and unlike her larger than life character in the film AVATAR she is only 5"7". Not only is she known for her acting skills but she is also a professional dancer.

  • Question of

    What was the estimated cost of AVATAR?

    • 200,000,000
    • 320,000,000
    • 700,000,000
    • 280,000,000

    Correct Wrong

  • Question of

    What year does the movie presumably take place?

    • 2130
    • 2154
    • 3000
    • 2200

    Correct Wrong

    Although the year the movie takes place is never stated, there are scenes where Jake Sully is recording his video log, his log shows us that it is in fact the year 2154.

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