Top 10 Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm and ‘Star Wars’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 21st, 2013 at 11:55 am, This is a list post.

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Parking the At-At Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, along with Star Wars creator George Lucas, set the financial world and nerd-iverse on their ear when they announced that Disney was purchasing Lucasfilm for the out-of-this-world sum of $4 billion (the same amount they paid for Marvel). Along with the obvious enormous financial windfall the Disney corporation stands to gain from this purchase, they'll also acquire the rights to all the Star Wars characters. There's no way to know for sure how this will ultimately affect the Star Wars universe - it could be really good or really, REALLY bad. To help us determine if we should be excited for this transaction, we created a list of Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm. Let's go through them one by one, then weigh the results.

Pro - More Star Wars Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Smiling Yoda If you're a die hard Star Wars fan - the kind of fan who waited in line for 30 days before Episode 1 opened - then the announcement that Disney will be making a new Star Wars trilogy should have you shooting off blasters in the air. More Yoda! More Chewbacca! More lightsaber battles! More Star Wars! Since the next film releases in 2015, we're guessing people are already lining up for tickets to the midnight showing opening night - and we don't EVEN want to think about the line for Hall H at San Diego Comic Con for the next few years.

Con -More Star Wars Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Angry Chewbacca Unfortunately, the last time fans were given more Star Wars films, they ended up with a 10-year-old pod racing kid, a "one-and-done" villain, and a character so annoying in Jar Jar Binks that people started re-cutting the film to remove as much as him speaking as possible. Will this happen again? There's no way to be sure, but so far the track record hasn't been good.

Pro - George Lucas Wont Direct Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - George Lucas To sci-fi nerds, George Lucas was the best director in the world - that is, until he stopped making new films and began "messing" with his successful ones over and over again like a DJ remixing the same song ten different ways on one album. In other words, he became rusty. Fortunately, Lucas won't be getting behind the camera for the next set of films in the Star Wars saga (for now), though that's always subject to change. *And there was great rejoicing.*

Con - George Lucas Will Still Be Involved with Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - George Lucas with Disney Characters On the dark side (see what I did there), George Lucas will still be involved with the Star Wars saga in an executive producer's role. Sometimes, in the filmmaking, executive producers have more creative control than the director. Lucas had his finger in every step of the creative process for all six Star Wars films, so to think he would just back away with no involvement whatsoever is unrealistic - but hey, a nerd can dream.

Pro - Princess Leia Character in Disney Theme Parks

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Slave Leia Speaking of dreaming - Princess Leia is now officially part of the Disney Princesses Collection, which means there will be cute women dressed as Slave Leia standing at the character meet and greet stations throughout Disney theme parks posing for pictures. How could that possibly be a bad thing? CREEP ALERT: There will undoubtedly be a long line of single, nerdy men monopolizing the line. It's probably best to have the children avoid this one.

Con - Jar Jar Binks Character in Disney Theme Parks

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Jar Jar Binks Here's one the children will avoid for different reasons. Dressing up as a Disney character and walking around the park should be a fun and exciting adventure - meeting family, making children smile, signing "autographs". However, the poor sap who has to dress up as Jar Jar Binks will most certainly be miserable since no one really likes him. Seeing him walk around Disney World will probably cause people to spontaneously throw their turkey legs and popcorn at him. On the plus side, if, for some reason, you DO want a picture with him, there will never be a wait. *Me-sa sad*

Pro - Hothland

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Planet Hoth Disney likes to incorporate its movies and characters into its theme parks around the world, and what better "land" to have at Disney World than Hothland? Explore the Rebel base. Have simulated laser battles with your friends in an Imperial Walker, Snowspeeder or AT-AT. Pretend you're Luke Skywalker by crawling inside the belly of a Tauntaun. Just think of the possibilities! BONUS: The cold environment of the planet Hoth would be a welcome relief from the 100+ degree summer weather of Orlando, Florida.

Con - Dagobahland

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Dagobah Dagobah is the very opposite of everything Disney represents. It's a hostile, dirty, smelly and dangerous swamp filled with mud that will suck down your X-Wing (or Saturn Coupe) in a matter of minutes. Nothing about Dagobahland sounds interesting, though Disney could convert the Swiss Family Robinson's tree house into Yoda's tree stump. Still, that may not be enough to make even the most dedicated fan want to spend time there.

Pro - Spaceship Earth Becomes the Death Star at Epcot

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Death Star Epcot

Disney knows that the only thing Epcot has going for it right now is the ability to drink and eat your way through other countries at the World Showcase. The best thing they could do is convert the dated and boring Spaceship Earth into the mighty and awesome Death Star! Visitors could ride throughout the Death Star and see how the soldiers and workers on the fictional planet destroyer go about their day-to-day activities. I live in Florida and was at Epcot on opening day in 1982. I didn't return for 25 years because it's a one-and-done park - but put the Death Star in the place and I'll be the first with season passes.

Con - Ewoks Replace Dwarfs in Snow White

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Snow White and the Ewoks Stop shaking your head. You KNEW this was going to happen eventually. How can it not? Dwarfs and Ewoks are the same size, so when Disney does proceed with the inevitable Star Wars/Disney crossover, Snow White is sure to be their first choice to headline it. Just let this concept invade your mind and give you nightmares of what will possibly be the worst crossover in history - should it ever come to fruition.

Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - General Greivous So what's the outcome now that we've weighed the pros against the cons? Let's recap: Pros: -More Star Wars Films -George Lucas Not Directing -Princess Leia Theme Park Characters -Hothland -The Death Star at Epcot Cons: -More Star Wars Films -George Lucas Still Involved -Jar Jar Binks Theme Park Characters -Dagobahland -Ewoks Replacing Dwarves It's clear that the pros of Disney buying Lucasfilm outweigh the cons - especially the idea of a large scale Death Star! - but until more information about Disney's plans for the Star Wars Universe has been made available, the jury's still out. What are some pros and cons that you can think of to Disney buying Lucasfilm? - Follow me on Twitter -@MoviePaul- and let me know.
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  1. My personal opinion is this:
    1. The prequels are fine. The reason they’re not liked is because of nostalgia. (Which for the life of me I can’t spell.) Unfortunatly, that means the same thing could happen here.
    2. It’s a good thing George Lucas will still be involved. Considering he made the series it would worrysome if he wasn’t.
    And 3. Can’t wait for these movies.

    • Exactly.

  2. Too many people miss the point. The prequels are totally different than the originals, but good movies. I think ROTJ is definitely lamer than ROTS, just looking at it objectively. But I love all 6, with Ep 1 as weakest and Ep 5 as strongest. George is a genius. And he’s handing off his creation to be handled by the heirs of another genius named Walt.

  3. What about TCW cancellation?

  4. I personally think that this is the most incorrect listings of pros and cons… ever. I think that Disney in general, buying Star Wars is a con. The whole thing is a con. Star Wars was fine with leaving the last movie be its last, and Disney wanting whatever”land” at its amusement parks is plane old stupid. For me they ruined the legacy and greatness of Star Wars, the alone their reputation.

    • dude JJ Abrams is directing trust me he is a talented man and I don’t think disney is stupid enough to destroy what has been making Lucas billions

    • Here here!

  5. Disney you have sllready killed the star wars saga you have ended detours, the clone wars, 1313 and so much more you say you are re-building star wars you are just painfully tearing it down. Disney I bet you will eventualy shut down star wars .com,sue hasbro for making actionfigures and charge lego for every star wars lego set out there. Star wars colectibals will be recolled robot chicken star wars will never happen again and you have killed the greatest movie franchise ever. George Lucas was a gready @$#% he got an offer wnd took it he made the greatest mestake in his life. And JJ Abrams can just jump off a cliff with his $%£{&@# big eard friend mickey mouse!

    • oerge Luasdd make a mistake what e shou’ve doe was walk awayfro them. Marve should’ve done he same. The current Chairma needs to jump off a cliff or he nes to LISTEN to or voices instead of being a total nerfherder to everyoe hat loved Old Disney LONG LIVE OLD DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!

  6. why do they just say jar jar will be a park mascot has that been confirmed

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  8. I Cant Believe That Those **** Bought Star Wars They Are Gonna Probably Gonna Make It So ******* Baby Sort Of And If They Have It Animated Or A ******* Puppy As A ******* Spaceship And If They Get Rid Of Actions Figures Or Lego Please DONT DO THIS YOU DUM
    **** Mickey Mouse Is Gonna Be Darth Vader I Want It To Be Based In The Old Republic
    And JJ Abrams Is Just A Little **** Across From The Road Of Micky Mouse And I Saw George Lucas With Disney People

  9. Maybe disney will sirprise us? Dont hate watch it then you will see

  10. Is the world ready to see 60 year old Carrie Fisher in a thong with her teats down to her knees? It’s enough to make any Wookie lose his lunch.

  11. Actually if you saw the prequels as a kid you probably actually like jar jar, as a kid I actually found jar jar to be quite funny