Excuse the caps in the title but I need to get some shouting out of my system lol. I found out about the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney a bit late (last Tuesday night around 8 when I finally bothered to check my Facebook – I’ve had a cold and spent most of this week asleep). Yesterday I found out that they are planning on making Star Wars episodes 7, 8 and 9.
And all over the world Star Wars fans freak.
Will they be good? Will they be bad? They can’t really be worse than the prequels, can they? Will Luke, Lea and Han be in them? If so who are going to play them? Who’s going to play Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Solo? Who’s going to play Mara Skywalker? Who’s going to be the antagonist with the Empire supposedly destroyed?
At the moment I’m torn between never wanting to see these movies made and totally excited that they’re going to make them. I mean, they could be GREAT. But they could also be like the prequels. Which, weren’t horrible and I don’t feel like the prequels took anything away from the franchise, but come on, Anakin was a whiny little b*tch and there was so much CGI it was nauseating.
On the subject of Disney now owning Lucasfilm, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I suppose if anyone had to take it over I’d want it to be Disney. Disney has been working with Lucasfilm for ages, as is evident if you go to the Disney parks (I’ve been on the Star Wars ride “Star Tours” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios many times and a piggy bank that looks like Mickey and Minnie dressed up as Luke and Leia graces my bedroom shelf) so I’m not going to say that Lucasfilm becoming part of Disney is making it impure or ruining it. Disney is a entertainment power house. They have the money and resources to really keep the Star Wars franchise shining. And I’m going to hope that they learned from the public’s unhappiness with George Lucas changing stuff every other month and what did and didn’t work with the prequels. I suppose in the end my stance is that they can’t do anything worse than has already been done to it, and there is the possibility that they could really do great stuff with it.
But if Princess Leia joins the Disney Princess lineup I’m going to be a very unhappy girl, lol. I love the Disney Princess stuff (pink, cute, sparkly…) but Leia is in a totally different category from Snow White, let’s not have her dancing around singing songs about prince charming, okay?
The world is watching you, Disney. Don’t disappoint us.
And now for your enjoyment, Teh Interweb’s thoughts on the buy:
Mythbusters + theatrical stage show = epic awsomness.
That’s right, the Mythbusters may be coming to a city near you to perform their newest experiment, “Mythbusters: Behind the Myth Tour”. According the the official site, www.mythbusterstour.com;
The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters,” promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.
“MythBusters Behind the Myths” brings you face to face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.
Best part? The show will be performed three times in my state! My family is already planning to go see it, though it will require an overnight stay. But here’s hoping we make it!
There is a terrible misconception in the US that cartoons are for kids. Oh sure, now we’re finally learning that that’s not true (thanks anime!) but still, it’s sad that so many adults turn off the TV when an animated character comes on. I’ve watched my share of ‘kids’ shows, and there are some really great American cartoons out there! Granted, there are twice as many mind-rotting, moral-degrading, poorly-drawn space fillers than there are good shows, but it doesn’t mean that American cartoons are all that bad. If you like anime, consider checking out some of these shows.
Gargoyles: 90s children will remember this absolute gem. I think it really has to be one of the best cartoons ever made and everyone I’ve met who’s seen it agrees. It’s a story that combines both ancient magic with modern day (oky, 90s) technology in a sci-fi magical mash-up that can compete with any anime. The story centers around Goliath, the wise and powerful leader of the Gargoyels, and Elisa Maza, the street-smart lady detective who is one of the few human friends they have. I would love to write an entire post on the series but there is just too much, I suggest you check out the link in the name to the wikipedia article.
Why it’s the best: with 78 episodes, a complex dramatic plot, deep character arcs, serious situations and the enticing mix of Shakespeare meets Star Trek, Gargoyles has long been controversial as it’s qualifications as a child’s show, but has been a cult classic anyway. And ok, so the animation may be a bit outdated compared to today’s glossy digital animation, but in my openion it can still stand it’s own against any anime.
Avatar: The Last Air Bender: In my opinion this is one of the few things Nickelodeon has put out that’s actually any good, and what’s more is it’s amazingly good. Heavily influenced by anime, this series is lighter than Gargoyles yet has a very good, continuous plot that only thickens as the show goes on. It’s funny as heck in many places and has some really heartwarming moments. The characters are extremely likable and human which is one of the show’s great charms. Based in a mystical world where ‘benders’ can control one of the four elements, it has a very oriental feel that will make many anime lovers feel right at home.
Why it’s the best: 61 episodes, fantastic comedy, a well done romance (that actually has a conclusion!), an epic end battle and intricately designed world make this show one to put on your must-watch list.
Toad Patrol: With the air similar to Watership Down (gahh, that was an awful movie to show little kids, wtheck were our parents thinking?) this show was marketed towards little kids but found a niche with many young adults due to the strong storyline, empathetic characters, occasional dark undertones and solid, connecting plot that made each season seem more like a long movie than individual shows. It seems silly at first – little ‘toadlets’ looking for the magical ‘toad haven’ which they have to find before the ‘fairy ring’ portal closes and they turn into toadstools. Add in the fact that the toadlets are all orange (yeah, that’s the color I think of when I think of toads) and the only adult toad encountered is called Mistle Toad, and well yeah I thought it was silly when I first saw it. But after the first episode I was hooked, and this is one seriously underrated show to check out.
Why it’s the best: unknown and underrated with 26 episodes under it’s belt that are more like two long movies, it’s a shorter series that has a light magical overtone with plenty of fuzzy, scary, and funny moments. There’s even a little bit of romance! It has a complicated plot and you soon find yourself rooting for the little toadlets to make their way home, no matter what your age.
I have several more shows I’d like to share, but this post is getting a bit long so they’ll have to wait ;)