My brothers ordinarily have terrible taste in things, but their repeated recommendations of Avatar: The Legend of Aang (The Last Airbender) were soon echoed by friends who have more sober tastes. The show — and its sequel, Avatar: The Legend of Korra — is clever, beautiful, and fun. It smashes the norm that children’s animations are incapable of complexity.
A lot of the complexity is introduced through the almost invisible, but all pervasive, religion of the world within Avatar. This religious aspect is so thoroughly ingrained in society that characters who openly challenge it are not only misunderstood, but are incapable of being understood.