It is interesting that the film Disney chose to suppress for its racial content is the one that features actual genuine black actors in the flesh. How long after Song of the South was it before Disney had a film with black lead characters again? The World’s Greatest Athlete in 1973, 27 years later?
I see a lot of people freaking out over today’s news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm as though it’s some kind of sign of the End Times.
Let’s remember that Lucasfilm has been in creative freefall since at least the mid-90s, with the release of the special editions of the original trilogy. In fact, the only great Star Wars live-action product to come out of the company since Return of the Jedi was Disney’s Star Tours. Sure, the comics and cartoons have been great, but there’s no reason to expect them to be anything less now owned by the world’s best cartoon company which just so happened to have purchased the world’s best comics company in the recent past. You know, that company that produced the original Star Wars comics.
Let’s also remember that Disney has proven to be excellent stewards of Pixar, Marvel, and The Muppets.
So in a worst-case scenario, this is a value-neutral transaction, but all signs point to this being at least moderately positive. So calm yo tits, y’all.