Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quick and Dirty: Thoughts on Disney and Star Wars

Original photo by d.k.peterson of Flickr
So, I'm sure you've all heard the news that Disney, that gigantic evil corporation known as the House of Mouse, has purchased Lucasfilm, and with it the rights to the much beloved Star Wars series.  I'm sure you have questions, concerns, your mind is abuzz with the insanity that this news has fraught.  Afterall, I'm fairly certain that never nerd that runs the internet lost their collective minds when this was announced.

What do I think?

1) Let's look at the properties that Disney owns:  Marvel and Pixar.

Both have been doing GREAT lately.

Even if you count the lackluster Brave and Cars, and Cars 2's terrible performance, Pixar has an incredible track record.  And that's just Pixar.  There's also the Walt Disney animations studio, which has produced some pretty great movies--Tangles, the great new Winnie the Pooh, and the incredibly promising looking Wreck-It Ralph.  That means that movies like the animated Clone Wars series, and the Clone Wars movies, could actually be great under the right supervision.

Now let's look at the fact that Disney also owns Marvel, which has produced Thor, Captain America, the Iron Man movies, and The Avengers...I mean...these movies were great.

Even without Marvel, Disney has proven itself quite competent at live action...er...action movies with films like Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and the much under-appreciated John Carter.

2)  George Lucas is a hate-filled miser made incredibly bitter and resentful toward the very people that got him where he is.

He has proven, time and time again, that he does not give two shits in a bucket what the fans think of his releases and "special editions."  He has absolutely refused to release the original Star Wars films on DVD or Blu-Ray, instead forcing the updated ones down your throat and insisting that you'll like it if you try it, like a parent forcing brussel sprouts on their kids.  He's on record as saying that he would never make another Star Wars movie because his poor wittwe feewings got huwt when everyone reacted to negatively to the updates...the prequels...the whorish franchising...the...well...everything he's done.

It's funny that his prequel movies are not only terrible, but actual serve as a parallel to his own career.  He starts so innocent and loving, and he made some great movies--not entirely by himself, but yes, he did, and we owe him much thanks for that.  Somewhere along the way, however, he became conceited and too high on his own stink and believed that he could do no wrong.  And where are we because of that?  The Star Wars Prequels and Indiana Jones 4.

In all honesty, I can see this only working out for the better.  It certainly can't hurt the franchise anymore than Lucas already has.

Also, since Disney also owns the Jim Henson company, does that mean we might be able to go back to Muppet Yoda, instead of that shitty CGI abomination?

1 comment:

  1. I'm very excited for this as well. I actually enjoyed the STAR WARS prequels, but they failed - BIG TIME - at capturing the quality and wonder of the originals. It'll be interesting to see what fresh minds will bring to the franchise, much like J.J. Abrams's fantastic STAR TREK reboot.

    Now if only we could get Disney to see there's an audience for JOHN CARTER 2 as well . . .

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