Disney just bought a galaxy far, far away

Go to any geek blog and somebody will be dropping their 2-cents on this, and I am no exception: Disney just bought Lucasfilm, the studio that made such blockbuster films as the Star Wars Trilogy (THERE WAS ONLY ONE TRILOGY, SHUT UP) and the Indiana Jones Trilogy (LALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU), for $4.05 buhbuhbuh-BILLION.

In this publicity photo released by Disney, CEO Robert Iger, left, and George Lucas of Lucasfilm sign the deal Tuesday letting Disney acquire the
“Star Wars” studio for about $4 billion. (Photo: Rick Rowell, AP)

First, I want to know why that $.05 billion is in there.

“George, we’ll offer you $4 billion for Lucasfilm.”
“FINE, have an extra $50 million.”

Was that really necessary? He needed that extra 50 so he could buy another small 3rd-world country? Whatever.

The second thing I want to bring up is the outcry. Amongst the people who care, this is apparently a bad thing, and I’m completely flabbergasted as to why. Since Disney bought Marvel Comics, we’ve been treated to a series of really quite good movies from the studio (Captain America, Thor, Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers for Pete‘s sake!), showing ME at least that they can handle this sort of thing pretty well.

But for the moment, let’s ignore what Disney has done (or at least, not screwed up) with Marvel over the last three years. Let’s ignore that they’re currently led by John Lasseter (who started out at LucasFilm I might add), a man whose dedication to good storytelling has brought us 11-out-of-13 amazing films (the Cars series is ridiculous and frightens me, so we won’t include that) in the last 18 years. We’re ignoring all that. Okay? Instead, let’s look at LucasFilm’s record during that same time.

LucasFilm (and by that I mean George Lucas) has bungled EVERY flippin’ thing they’ve done in the last 13 years. Everything. Yes, okay, according to some friends of mine, apparently the Clone Wars cartoon is pretty good, but you know what? George had nothing to do with that. After it became popular, he got involved and started messing with stuff (doing one thing in particular that was completely ridiculous, look at the 5th paragraph).

My point is, in my mind, Disney is coming in like one of the princes in their early movies, astride a white horse, swinging a sword (made of money) and rescuing the princess (which, in this case, is both Star Wars and Indiana Jones) from the monster that is George Lucas.

This is possibly unfair to George. What I’m saying is that I don’t care.

Finally, though, what most everyone seems to be missing is one incredibly, terribly, wonderfully important thing: Leia is now a Disney Princess.

This is wonderful. Tell me HOW this is anything but wonderful.
That’s right, you can’t.

People have the right to complain, absolutely, don’t get me wrong. You don’t like Disney, fine. I just think it’s pointless to bemoan the fate of Star Wars, when to me this is the first potentially good news to happen to the franchise since this guy showed up on screen.

And people are worried about what DISNEY will do to Star Wars?

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One Response to Disney just bought a galaxy far, far away

  1. Beth Cooley says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Tony…now I will be the first to admit I am no Star Wars “geek” but I appreciate the true trilogy of the series…or 4…5 and 6 for you of a lesser “geek” status than myself. I have seen 1…2…and 3 and I’m glad I saw them…we even own them…but they do not compare in any way to the original 3. Maybe is is because I remember seeing them as a kid on the big screen and the original Star Wars toys my brother had (and I accidentally broke…we wont go there) or just because they are a part of Pop-culture…irregardless…I enjoy watching the “old ones” and feel George Lucas did the right thing selling therights…heck he would be stupid if he didn’t…

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