Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be." - Disney Buys Lucasfilm

The sad future of Star Wars movies.
For those of you who may not know, I am a pretty big Star Wars nut even though I'm not big on the books or most of the Expanded Universe unless it's video game related.  And I like George too and I get it.

But to Disney? You got to be kidding me. Disney - the only company that could ruin Winnie the Pooh.

On NBC News' story page, they had a poll:
"Q: Are you excited to see Episode 7 of the 'Star Wars' series?
Yes! Can't wait. Under Disney this could be the best one yet.
No, I wish they had stopped after the first trilogy."

Honestly, for a story about Darth Vader, and we all saw him cremated at the end of Return of the Jedi, the story arc is done.  When you kill off the main character of a story, why bother trying to fill the role with secondary characters like Han Solo's kid?

Disney has a great track record for following original source material: Snow White, Pinocchio, Pocahontas, Cinderella.... Will we see Boba Fett again? Probably. Will the new series have any hope of growing and expanding, say like the Clone Wars show does? Probably not. Will we see anything as cool as Anakin catching on fire? Probably not. Will the good guys win at the end of every movie? Probably. The only series that got better after its creator "passed the torch" was Star Trek TNG.

Lucas said in a statement, "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers." The problem is the same problem that happens to, say, a Tool and Dye shop: the old man starts it up, makes it a good, profitable, well-liked company. Then it gets passed on to the son, who then turns the whole thing into a pile of shit and it eventually folds.

Six is fine. After the letdown of Return of the Jedi, George redeemed himself with Revenge of the Sith, easily the best of the 6 movies, and yes, better than Empire. Then he betters himself with the Clone Wars series that is easily the best show on television right now. Reason why: George is in control. George picks the best guys and their best designs. That's the main reason why the prequels are superior to the old films. The acting gets hacked on the prequels but that's not George's fault. A lot of the "bad acting" comes from every scene being re-dubbed.

Anyways, watch Episode 3 and then go to Episode 4 - you'll be yelling at the TV to "speed it up" or "yawn". For anyone that says they won't watch the prequels, that's fine - keep watching the old ones while wishing you were still in high school because those were the best days of your life.

For Star Wars, just let it all end after the Clone Wars series. The Clone Wars is so good, they should redo all of the films in Clone Wars style. But end it. Make video games, make comic books, do whatever fans want to do, but have some class and keep it off the movie screen. It'll only be ruined by Disney.

Disney and Star Wars: it's like a skid mark on good piece of galactic underwear.

Disney CEO Robert Iger: "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

The shadow of greed, that is.

Updated: March 12, 2013

Disney cancels The Clone Wars; doesn't bother to wrap up the loose ends that were already started on;  cancels both 3D movies this year; cancels upcoming video games.  This must be Disney's "unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms".

Disney: how did you guys already ruin an entire franchise and not even put a movie out?  I'll watch Episode 7 when it comes on Netflix.  Maybe.

Updated: April 4, 2013

Disney shuts down Lucas Arts:

"Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio's current projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were cancelled. Disney will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is no more."

Should read: Disney Shoots Self in Foot for Not Releasing Battlefront 3.

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