Disney buys Lucasfilm and includes all of them in 2010. It’s October 30, 2012. This week, to mark the tenth anniversary of this massive acquisition, AIPT reflects on Disney’s impact on one of the most iconic and influential media franchises of all time. – Star Wars.
There are fans of both Disney vs Pre-Disney. Star Wars Division and many are willing to die on their own little hill. I am not one of those people. I can appreciate both eras Star Wars For those who have and gave us. I can also appreciate that both eras have some major flaws and nothing is perfect. That being said…
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The first official Star Wars The canon began in 1991 with the release of Timothy Zahn Heir to the kingdom Novel. For justice, the canon began in 1976 Star Wars A novel (ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster), but the official “Legends” (as it is now known) canon began in 1991. Heir to the kingdom. Comics, books, games, TV series and movies came out before 1991, but there was no overall plan. That changed in 1991, which is when Dark Horse Comics started coming out with their first comic series. Dark EmpireAlso happening at the same time Heir to the kingdom.
Eventually, as the Legends continuity began to expand and grow, the old material was finally covered, like a long lost child finally coming home. And with the ever-growing Legends continuity and coverage of 70s and 80s stories, a continuity shakeup has occurred. Stories overlap or repeat plot points from the films. How many Death Star plans were there? I know many authors are excited about the prospect of making everything linear, even if the sequence errors are numerous. And we’ve got some very ambitious stories that had to take all the derogatory plot points and make them fit.
Early in the continuity, creator George Lucas wasn’t always sure when the films would take place, so he was limited to different eras for the storytellers. It stopped the previous period. A new hope For some time and after 35 years Return of the Jedi. This was the sequel trilogy he never made. Eventually those restrictions were released and we ended up with more than 25,000 years of history from the beginning. Star Wars Films after 300 years. In that time frame, we’ve had thousands of comics, hundreds of novels, over 100 video games, and an uncountable number of short stories, over 3,000 personal stories in mythology. It was a lot.
Were all the stories in the legend good? oh shit Were they all even good? No, no, no. There were stories there that would make me stop. Star Wars All together they were terrible. I’ve read nearly every Legends story ever released, and while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most of them, some of them have b Star Wars An obsession.
One of the defining characteristics of the Legends continuity was its ambition. They wanted to do everything and anything, explain every little detail seen in the movies, give the background to every little character seen in the distance – and it was fun! The authors seem to have had free reign at times, but mainly because of the expansion of the print medium of films. Besides the video games, the stories are almost all written.
As we get closer to Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, the stories begin to be retold or made more “accessible.” This means limited connections to other stories. As someone who has read the other stories, I absolutely loved the tie. This was starting to make the tales feel… weird. They are nowhere but they can go anywhere. We felt like we had reached the point of collapse, and indeed we did.
Shortly after the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney decided to scrap the entire Legends continuity in favor of a new canon known here as the Disney Canon. Only movies and The Clone Wars The series (and the novels as long as they follow the movies) will be broadcast. This opened the design Star Wars in the future. While I’m personally sad to see the legends cast aside, I’m glad that we don’t know what’s going to happen now. The next movies could literally be about anything. They are not deterred by previous stories. We were given a promise (“a promise?”) that the books and comics would now be on par with the rest like the movies and TV shows.
Disney expanded its horizons by creating its own canon. Star Wars And it increased to a great extent Star Wars Content. We had six movies, four TV shows, two TV movies, one TV special and a theme park ride (in 35 years) before the Disney buyout. Since the acquisition, we’ve added more than five new movies, nine streaming series, a full theme park land with two major rides, and an immersive LARPing hotel – and that’s in less than ten years! Disney’s primary focus was on mass audience appeal because that was where the money lay.
Although it has a great contribution Star Wars There is a clear difference between the focus of Disney’s behemoth franchise, the Legends continuity, and the Disney canon. Legends was primarily a print medium, while Disney’s output was in audio-video media. Most of the publications in the Disney canon focused on the earlier audio-video medium, and the print stories offered in-depth looks and backstories for the characters introduced in the films and TV shows. Rarely have we been given the most epic stories in the new Disney canon, which have existed primarily in print media. The events surrounding the Jakku War were the exceptions that proved the rule.
However, in early 2020 that all began to change as we were introduced to the first new era in the Disney canon led primarily by print media, The High Republic. This era has been the main focus of Lucasfilm’s publishing arm for the past two years, giving us the events of 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. Although this is not 25,000 years, it is still an untouched time in which we find many new characters and events that shine by themselves.
In the 30 years Legends have been allowed to thrive, they’ve given us some great content. The story lines I feel were the best. Star Wars Ever since the Legends sequel came out. Tales of the Jedi It’s one of my favorite comics and the New Jedi Order is clearly a blueprint for the High Republic. We’re introduced to countless alien species, planets, and characters, many of which will gradually return to canon.
But Disney is doing something else that hasn’t been done before. They are trying to integrate the print media with the audio-video media. Although before Disney we were presented with comic book and book characters that transferred to visual media (like Aayla Secura), it was rare and interesting. As we progress through the Disney era, we’ll see more of these crossover characters. Krrsantan is one of the classic examples of a character transitioning from the comic strip to the live action scene, but he’s not the only one, and far from it.
Although the “all things being equal” line was clearly ignored and print media stories were abandoned in favor of audio and video media stories. Ahsoka The main novel of those decisions. But, again, this is the exception that proves the rule. It doesn’t happen often and really needs to be called out because this is not what we were promised. But overall, we seem to be moving in the right direction.
One thing Disney can do is extend an olive branch to Legends fans. Continue the stories cut in the legend’s continuity. Finish the remaining cliff hangers. Release the books that have been written and never seen the light of day. he said so much The content out there is ripe for the picking and Disney just needs to create it. And while most of the sales they make won’t happen at all, they’ll go a long way toward satisfying angry fans who feel left behind.
Overall, I’d say we’re in a good place with the new Disney canon. The old legends are still there and you can easily join Disney’s. There is a blurring between the two continuities, as writers have been frequently slipping characters and events into the Disney canon. If the arrival of a full theme park, two major park rides and an amazing hotel experience aren’t enough to get you excited about the future. Star WarsI don’t know what to tell you then. And for those who can’t afford to experience those (because the price tag can’t be ignored), we’re still getting a steady stream of new content every week via Disney+. We live in a golden age. Star Wars We must have it now, and while it is here.
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