I wonder what "Star Wars" movies made by Disney will be like. I worry about changes at Disneyland.
It won't seem right if Tinker Bell starts using the Force instead of pixie dust. And nobody wants to see Han Solo trade in his Millennium Falcon for a cartoon car with balloon tires and a bulb horn.
Now, I love "Star Wars" and I love Disney, but I always have kept them in separate compartments of my brain. Now I'm supposed to move them into the same compartment? It may be a stretch.
I grew up with Disney, of course. I was enchanted by Disney cartoons, Disney comic books, Disney animated movies. All those stories and characters are precious to me.
I also am a big "Star Wars" fan. In fact, I've been a fan for slightly longer than most people.
I happened to be attending a weekend convention of booksellers in San Francisco in 1977. On the first afternoon, Darth Vader made a sudden live appearance on the convention floor and started walking the aisles. I learned later that he was the actual actor (David Prowse) wearing the actual costume that soon would be seen on movie screens around the world. But he was an unfamiliar character that afternoon. Nobody had seen him before.
He was a striking figure, though, and he created quite a stir.
He posed for a picture with my sister, and I still laugh whenever I see it. The look on her face is somewhere between gleeful and aghast.
During the course of the Darth Vader appearance it was announced that all conventioneers were invited to attend a preview showing that evening of a new movie called "Star Wars." Of course I went, so I was among the packed audience that sat enthralled for the first public screening of the movie.
The instant it was over, everyone jumped to their feet and cheered. I never have seen that happen in a cinema before or since.
The applause continued as a man walked onstage and introduced himself as George Lucas, the movie's director. He was joined on the stage by a couple of other people, and I have no idea who they were, but I'm sure they are very famous now, as is everyone who had anything to do with the making of "Star Wars."
So. Now the whole franchise passes into new hands. Disney's hands. And, like I said, I don't know what to think, or expect.
If Princess Leia appears in future "Star Wars" films, will she move up those hair buns to the top of her head, so they look like Minnie Mouse ears?
Will Luke Skywalker and other Jedi knights fight with pirate swords instead of light sabers?
Will Darth Vader suddenly appear with a peg leg and a hook hand, like Captain Hook in "Peter Pan"?
Will R2-D2 sprout fairy wings and start flying around like Tinker Bell?
What if Chewbacca starts sounding even weirder? I mean, what if he starts talking like Donald Duck?
And what if Jar Jar Binks makes a comeback, and this time he not only looks goofy, and he not only acts goofy, but he really is Goofy! You know, Mickey Mouse's pal.
Meanwhile, what's going to happen at Disneyland?
What if the Pirates of the Caribbean ride gets a makeover, and it starts looking like the famous cantina scene in "Star Wars"?
What if the creepy dolls in "It's a Small World" are swapped out for Ewoks, those deranged little teddy bears from "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"? Talk about creepy!
I think I will be afraid to visit the old Haunted Mansion if it becomes the Haunted Death Star, and instead of ghosts it is filled with Siths!
I won't be able to stand it if the elephants on the Flying Dumbo ride are replaced by big blobby Huts. You know, like Jabba the Hut. Gross!
What if the bears in the Country Bear Jamboree are replaced by Wookies?
And, worst of all, what if Yoda, the little philosophical fellow in the "Star Wars" movies, joins the cast of Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"? What if his new name is Thinky!
That's right. Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Thinky ...
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