Thanks to one of the largest acquisitions in the entertainment industry in over thirty years, Princess Leia will soon be rubbing elbows with Snow White and Cinderella in the Magic Kingdom. In October 2012, Star Wars creator George Lucas announced a deal to sell his company, Lucasfilm, LTD, along with all of its subsidiaries like LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, to the Disney corporation. Not surprisingly, this news caused the internet to light up with hundreds of new Star Wars meets Disney memes, images, and videos.May The Meme Be With You
Within hours of the announcement, the good people of the internet had already begun creating memes. Soon, illustrations depicting Darth Vader riding the tea cups at Disney World, Princess Leia standing alongside Ariel and Belle, and countless photos of the Death Star in various states of distress began circulating around the web. Disney even got in on the action by re-releasing a 1987 promotional video showing Darth Vader visiting the Disney parks. In fact, if you're looking for a laugh right now, you should check out a list of some of the best memes to come from the Lucasfilm purchase here.
Along with news of the Disney acquisition came exciting news about the Star Wars franchise. According to the new management team at Disney, plans for at least one new Star Wars movie are already underway, with a tentative release date slated for 2015. Of course, a major announcement such as this caused instant dissension among die-hard Star Wars fans. Some fans are overjoyed by the prospect of a new cinematic addition to the series, while others think that the three prequels haven't been good, so why add more?Jabba Wants His Money
Since George Lucas owned 100% of Lucasfilm, a company which is not only extremely profitable, but also has very little debt, once the sale is final, the entire amount of $4.05 billion will be in Lucas's hands. Thankfully, Lucas has a long history of charitable giving, and now that he has handed the torch of the Star Wars empire off to Disney, he seems determined to use the proceeds of the sale to do as much good in the world as possible. Specifically, Lucas has decided to invest the majority of the funds into a non-profit foundation for educating America's youth.
In 2010, Lucas publicly pledged to dedicate the majority of his wealth improving education, and he seems poised to make good on that promise now using the profits stemming from the Lucasfilm sale.
In a statement about the sale, Lucas said, "For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy."Lucas Gives Back
It is always refreshing to see powerful, well-known people using their resources and celebrity to help others, but when it comes from someone who is behind such a treasured aspect of our popular culture, it sends an even more important message.
America is truly the land of opportunity, and if you are fortunate enough to tap into a vein of collective consciousness, as Lucas did, it is our duty to pay it forward and enable our youth to have opportunities to succeed. In this way, Lucas's work will truly live forever. His legacy will be more than just having created one of the most popular and lucrative franchises in entertainment history; he will be directly responsible for improving the education of our children for generations to come.
Now, don't you feel better about buying all that Star Wars merchandise?