Dante Basco (voice of Zuko) performs his best SpongeBob joke impression at San Diego Comic-Con.
Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko in animated films Avatar for The Last Airbender series, does his best SpongeBob laugh impression. Basco was the fiery-tempered firebender who banished a prince and finds his destiny tied with Avatar Aang throughout. Avatar for The Last Airbender’s three-season run from 2005 to 2008. The anime-influenced series found uncommon success for a series aimed at children, both critically acclaimed and loved by fans, and enjoyed a resurgence when it was put on Netflix in 2020 during the pandemic.
Avatar for The Last Airbender is set in an Asian-inspired world with fantasy and martial arts elements that allow some people to manipulate, or “bend,” one of the four elements: water; earth; fire; or air. Only the avatar, who reincarnates as a new person following their death, can control all four elements. In the series, it is up to the current avatar, Aang, to master the elements in time to stop the Fire Nation from conquering the world. Meanwhile, Basco’s Zuko is hunting Aang to regain his honor and take his place as prince of the Fire Nation, but throughout the series changes into a peaceful, kind friend to his former adversary. Zuko became a beloved character, with many praising his character’s redemption arc and Basco’s vocal performance.
Now, Basco shows off his voice acting as the higher-pitched and more annoying SpongeBob SquarePants. On the SpongeBob Instagram page, a video from San Diego Comic-Con reveals Basco and other actors attempting to do SpongeBob’s signature laugh, with series voice actor Tom Kenny on hand to show them how it’s done. Basco’s regular voice is already fairly close to Zuko’s, so it kind of sounds like Zuko awkwardly laughing while driving down a bumpy road. Watch his impression below:
Bosco continued to speak for General Iroh Zuko’s grandson, in Avatar for The Last Airbender’s equally popular sequel series, The Legend of Korra. Now, Avatar for The Last Airbender is getting a Netflix live-action remake series that will follow the same adventures as the original animated show. The production ended in June after seven months. A release date is not yet known, but there will be eight hours of episodes.
It is exciting to see Basco still involved in Comic-Con and giving fans a hilarious take on a different beloved animated character other than his own, although Zuko’s voice can still be heard in his regular voice. Basco has been known to be recognized as Zuko’s voice in public. This was exemplified by his appearance in a Starbucks. Whether it’s as the fan-favorite firebender or SpongeBob SquarePants, it is fun to see Basco enjoy himself doing other animated impressions, and gets fans excited to see his character again in the live-action Avatar for The Last Airbender Dallas Liu will portray Zuko in series.
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