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“The Ride of a Lifetime" - book by Bob Iger. Lucas mention. — Page 2

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Oh yes, George admired Disney for sure and was at Disneyland either on opening or close to opening as a kid as evidenced in the recent Jones bio.
The foundation was laid with Star Tours, Captain EO and the SW licencing at the parks. Everyone involved should have realized this was not the same kind of deal. It killed me enough that Disney sold SW like crazy in the parks back then but now its just soulless.

VADER!? WHERE THE HELL IS MY MOCHA LATTE? -Palpy on a very bad day.

“George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”-Harrison Ford

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captainsolo said:

It killed me enough that Disney sold SW like crazy in the parks back then but now its just soulless.

Statements like this just don’t compute for me. Star Wars has always leaned HARD into the merchandising arena. Why would it bother you that’s it’s sold in Disney Parks?

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ATMachine said:

captainsolo said:

The only thing I truly regret is him selling out to the very thing that represented what LFL was founded to rebel against.

This.

But I think a certain part of Lucas always admired Disney. Remember that kids across America in the 50s grew up watching “Uncle Walt” promote his movies and then his theme park every Sunday on ABC. Something of that showman’s magic must have left a lingering impression, and made it easier even decades later to ignore what the company has basically always stood for in corporate terms.

And Lucas evidently admired Disney’s total commitment to maintaining the illusion of reality for a child audience. So much so that he initially tried to emulate the old Disney practice of not revealing voice-actor credits with the droids in SW, pretending they were actual robots rather than performers in suits.

Anthony Daniels and even Kenny Baker were always credited in the film. IIRC, it was more Fox marketing/publicity dept. that wanted to push the notion they were actual robots in the early days. If you can find anything that shows Lucas was on that bandwagon, I’d like to see it.

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captainsolo said:
And the whole going back to film is a misnomer generally used for marketing. Everything is done digitally in effects and post anyway outside of a few exceptions and the film shoots will do a immediate scan back to digital where everything is manipulated to within an inch of its life thus making the original capture methodology null and void.

The dynamic range of film is greater than video cameras currently, and it has no real upper limit on resolution (though you stop extracting detail somewhere between 4 and 8k for 35mm). There’s a lot more workable data in film than digital at the moment.

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True but that doesn’t stop them from doing lower res scans back to digital or not so good DIs with inherent limitations before making the final DCPs to be shown on screens where the digital playback system isn’t the greatest etc. Additionally most modern film stocks bend over backwards to mimic digital instead of playing to their strengths and even more heartbreaking is the very small amount of people who accurately know how to work in the analog domain.

It’s all down to the entire chain not being up to a good standard simply due to the industry wanting to keep costs down across the board. Ironic for a series that wound up spearheading the THX process which was supposed to combat this problem.

VADER!? WHERE THE HELL IS MY MOCHA LATTE? -Palpy on a very bad day.

“George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”-Harrison Ford

My review blog: thehificelluloidmonster.wordpress.com