The recent Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm for a reported $4 billion and their commitment to release Star Wars VII shockwaves through geekdom like many, we here at Mimozine experienced a myriad of reactions to the news. More movies and other entertainment is exciting and time will tell what Disney’s stance to fan art and groups like the Rebel Legion and the 501st will be. The mouse house has die-hard fans of their own for sure but I don’t think they ever saw enthusiasts like these:

 

I think Disney gets it though and we hope that they continue to encourage fan expression on any level. We’re encouraged because they’ve been working with Star Wars (and the 501st specifically) at their Star Wars weekends for years, say what you will but watching Chewie doing LMFAO is pretty amazing disturbing entertaining.

As far as new Disney/ Star Wars content all I can say is the new Star Tours ride rocks, it’s exciting, fun and diverse… So if that’s the new benchmark then bring on the next chapter.

Sketches by Sillof

The knock, at least on the prequels has been that the creative nexus of Lucasfilm was too small. One person calling all the shots isn’t very dynamic, so the mind reels to think of all those Pixar artists (most I imagine were bred from Star Wars) taking Lucasfilm in new and imaginative directions. A Pixar short about the monster chess board on the Millenium Falcon? Or how about an Indiana Jones animated feature?!

We should have sensed something when we met with Steve Sansweet for our upcoming profile of his inspired Star Wars museum, Rancho Obi-Wan (coming very soon, not to be missed!) Among the many cool things we saw and learned from this Star Wars authority and owner of one of the greatest collections outside of Lucasfilm, Steve assured us that some big things coming for Star Wars… But we had no idea…

 

So time will tell what the future holds for some of our most loved franchises. A steady stream of new adventures and characters? We have a new hope after 8 amazing series (+1 micro) of Mimo-Star Wars characters the future feels refreshed.

We’d like to send a special congratulations to George Lucas, he’s always been a true visionary who has marched to his own drum so it makes sense that he transitions his empire is no different. The choice of Kathleen Kennedy was inspired yet clear and we can think of no one better to steward his vision into the future. The fact that George has decided to donate the majority of his $4 billion windfall to serve the others through educational charity is an even great the more reason the most inspiring gesture of his storied. He states his view succinctly in his 2010 pledge:

“I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt—as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.”

We can’t wait to see what the future holds and wish ‘Uncle George a happy and fulfilling retirement…he’s more than earned it.