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Disney Buying LucasFilm Might Be a Good Thing

Possibly the best thing.

I think the initial reaction was a whole lot of “WTF” because it came out of nowhere. My job enables me to spend a lot of time dicking around on the internet, A LOT OF TIME, but I hadn’t heard any rumblings or rumors or anything until the press release was, uh, released.

After the dust settled and we realized it wasn’t an Onion article, my Twitter feed was filled with a lot of cynicism and worry about the acquisition and what that could mean for many people’s favorite franchise.

I must ask; will it be worse than what Lucas himself has been doing with it? The constant adjustments to the movies? The deciding what is and isn’t canon at whim? The Kinect dancing game?

Jar-Jar goddamn Binks?

We’ve seen the bottom, children.

As in all things, there is a lot of stuff that can go wrong, however; if we all take a step back and look at this with clear eyes and our hearts free of the knee-jerk Nerd Rage that so easily can envelope us, that maybe, just maybe, we’ll realize Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm is a good thing.

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Kermit and Piggy’s Marriage is a Sham

Kermit and Piggy aren’t really married. We need to nail this down for my Muppet Christmas Nativity set (Robin plays Baby Jesus, it doesn’t make complete sense). We have six months!

You may think that The Muppets are fictional, collections of felt and wires manipulated by master muppeteer. You’d be wrong. You may think that Kermit and company are exactly how they’re portrayed in the films and show. You’d be even more wrong, mostly because you watch the shows and should know better. If you aren’t tracking the genealogy of Camilla the Chicken, then I don’t even know who you are. It’s like a prince trying to make conversation with a pauper.

The cold reality, and brace your children who are clutching their little Fozzie dolls as you read this to them: The events in The Muppets movies and shows are not reality; they are actors, living different lives that the ones on-screen. Kind of.

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The Jafar Scenario

I read a lot of development scripts at work (when I’m not getting lunch for others). They’re mostly fun adventure fantasies that focus on a story kids can get into. There’s a girl to save, a giant baddie, and some wonderful world to explore (if you successfully have these three things, you’re doing better than a lot of scripts already).

Many of these hopeful stories contain what I’ve dubbed “The Jafar Scenario”, named after Aladdin’s eccentric villain. And there’s  implied rape in all of these cartoons. Read the rest of this entry