Climbing off the Ledge

My regular readers have been doing a heroic job of trying to talk me off the ledge about my fears of Disney caving to hateboy demands. I sure hope you guys are right that Disney is dedicated to protecting George Lucas’ vision of the Star War films made so far by releasing only the versions he approves. I hope Disney issues a flurry of C&Ds to originaltrilogy.com, RedLetter Media and all the fan editors violating Lucas’ copyright. I hope guys like Adywan are pissing in their beds and deleting their illegal content online right now.

For the record, I’m thrilled with Disney taking over Star Wars. This was an inevitable decision for Lucas and one he needed to make why he was still young enough to make sure it happened under his terms. I HOPE Lucas has put the legal safeguards in place to ensure Disney (and all future owners of the franchise) respect his artistic wishes. I HOPE Disney embraces the prequels and continues to promote them as equal installments of the saga. I HOPE Disney develops a strategy for dealing with the hateboys to prevent them from ruining Star Wars for others in the future.

I’ll also predict right now that Episode VII will likely deliver the kind of Star Wars film that general audiences have been craving. Disney has a lot riding on this movie. It’s the kick-off for the franchise going forward. It needs to deliver, and not just to hardcore fans. It will be fun, it will be bold and it will execute on the level Joe average moviegoer will appreciate: the acting will be less old-fashioned, the dialogue will be more contemporary and it will likely be funnier. Kennedy’s crew will go to great lengths to try to capture the spirit of ANH and TESB — and they’ll succeed because Kennedy is great at her job. There are going to be a lot of people bringing their A game because they know it means job security for life and pop culture immortality if they succeed.

What the film won’t be is Lucas’ singular vision, and for me that’s sad. It won’t be odd or eccentric or have the weird alchemy of George Lucas’ personal tastes, interests, talents and flaws. It won’t be the same kind of art as the Skywalker Saga. It will art as a product designed to appeal to the broadest audience possible. For many people, that’s a great thing. For me, it’s bittersweet. It’s the passing of an era and a reflection of the fact that I too am getting older. But I look forward to what lies ahead. For now, I’ll leave the ledge to the pigeons.

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11 Responses to Climbing off the Ledge

  1. Buick Runner says:

    Don’t worry about Disney, they have been dealing with their own hateboys for a long time. If you check out fan sites and forums of the Disney parks and resorts you will see they also have hateboys who bitch and moan anytime the company makes the slightest change to their parks. These Disney hateboys are often referred to as “foamers”, like a mad dog foaming at the mouth.

  2. Well, well said. That first paragraph has a lot of win. I would LOVE for the Disney lawyers to go after those guys with everything they’ve got. Beautiful.

    And I agree with the last paragraph, too. But you know, we did have the prequels. It was really an amazing experiment for all these years. And I do think the prequels will be appreciated before it’s all over.

  3. Sifo-Dyas says:

    My favorite quote of the year posted by lazypadawan:

    “If they couldn’t bully Lucasfilm when it was a small independent company into doing what they want, I doubt they will mean anything to the vast Disney empire. It’s a gnat buzzing around an elephant’s butt. A butt that will sit on the gnat should the gnat try and sell its fan edit.”

    *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap*

    >:D

  4. While I will agree with you on the Adywan and OT.com thing (just so long as they continue to provide a source for pirated copies of the films) I don’t feel that RLM should be extended that same scorn. RLM is still opporating in the confines of a film reviewer and his use of content still falls under fair use. If Disney cracks down on RLM then it creates a precident on other video review sites that they can’t use clips from the product for analysis. I may not agree with RLM but he has every right to do what he does.

    • A New Hope says:

      RLM is a “film reviewer” in the same way that partisan propaganda outlets call themselves “news” networks. He can make the claim that its fair use, and it probably is, but its clear his intention is not to offer balanced analysis. They’re one-sided hit pieces designed to promote an agenda. And it’s the agenda I simply fail to understand: “We want people to hate George Lucas and these 10 year old movies because somehow that makes our lives better and us happy! Weeeee!”

  5. lazypadawan says:

    “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was supposed to fun and look how the hateboy media industrial complex went after it too.

    I think Episode VII will follow the same pattern as before: it will be a crowd pleaser and people will gush it was everything the prequels should’ve been…for about five minutes. Then the backlash cometh: EU fans unhappy the movie ran over the books, OT-only purists angry their faves got old and rusty on them, cynics who think the magic left the GFFA sometime in 1981 and isn’t coming back, people who wanted a darker movie, people who think the Disney sale was a mistake, etc.. The thing is many on Planet Mouthbreather have long since realized they don’t need Star Wars anymore. It’s not the only game in town. And it will be up against another Disney product, “Avengers 2.”

    Personally, I find little appeal in turning Star Wars into a generic popcorn movie because it isn’t Star Wars. But I think Lucas’s hand print will be more present than we think. It might be different after this trilogy but I have a feeling we have not heard the last of comic booky dialogue or seen the last of flights of whimsy. The bottom line is Bob Iger acknowledged the most recent SW films made a lot of money. A LOT.

    Disney simply needs to put its PR machine into overdrive and realize its real target aren’t so much old geezers like us but kids born after 2005. “Cars” is probably the least liked Pixar movie by critics and adult animation fans but with the small fry, it’s a license to print money. It rivals or surpasses “Toy Story” in Pixar’s licensing. After all, it just got it’s own land at Disney California Adventure and they are rushing to build one at Walt Disney World.

  6. http://nilbogsstorybookland.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-truth-whole-truth-and-nothing-but.html#more

    I’m linking this anywhere I find a basher article. Feel free to pass it along if you agree.

    • A New Hope says:

      BOOYAH!!! That was DEAD ON AWESOME. Thanks for the link. It’s going up on the main page!