Yesterday it was announced that Disney would be buying Lucasfilm and that they would begin production on Episode 7 of the STAR WARS franchise. The interwebonetosphere was abuzz with Gen-Xers in awe of how quickly Disney, under Bob Iger has moved to collect a good percentage of their childhood loves under one corporate banner. Disney now owns the Marvel catalog of Super Heroes, the Star Wars Franchise, Indiana Jones, in addition to their own creations. It's quite an array of IP.
My Geekerati co-host Shawna Benson mentioned how anyone who has been to Disneyland and walked through the Star Tours store could plainly see this was a natural move for Disney corporation. Think of how many toy aisles will be filled with Disney owned action figures... Star Wars, Marvel, Princesses, Princes, Beauties, Beasts, Jake, Tinkerbell. Good grief!
All of this analysis misses one key point, the real reason that Disney purchased Lucasfilm. Lost in the annals of film, there is a highly underrated cinematic masterpiece that was produced by Lucasfilm in the 80s. It has largely been forgotten. Lucas himself attempted to Jedi mindtrick the entire human race to forget of its existence.
No, I'm not talking about the STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. I'm referring to a Marvel property.
With the acquisition of both Marvel and Lucasfilms, Bob Iger has enabled Disney to overcome the legal morass preventing an updating of the greatest film of all time...
HOWARD THE DUCK!
I can see it now. Howard the Duck taking over Toon Town. A Howard the Duck inserted into the Indiana Jones ride. A Howard the Duck journey on Star Tours. A retheming of Splash Mountain to Duck Mountain. Howard the Duck being made a canonical member of the Duck Tales verse.
You heard it here first.
[The above is not serious, it is a joke. No one believes that HtD was a good movie.]