Published: November 2, 2012 at 6:53 AM
I would have never guessed you preferred Universal! =) Me, the park I like best is the one I am visiting at the time! Overall, I think Disney is better at whole park experiences, and Universal is better at individual attractions. Spider-Man is my favorite theme park ride of all time, but Epcot is my favorite park.
The more family-oriented activities Disney does with Star Wars in the parks (SW Weekends, the dancing, costumes, etc) really should not impact any future movies. Once a director is put in place it will be his/her vision that sets the tone for the film. Just hope Disney does a good job selecting the director and everything should be fine. And in all fairness, Disney has really done a great job with the Marvel films since they took over, so I wouldn't worry about Star Wars - it will receive the best talent from a pool of great people.
To your other point about the tone of the films, I also worry about the darker tone of the Nolan Batman films (which I personally do not like) influencing future choices. However, the huge success of the Avengers (which soundly bested the most recent and worst Batman flick) with its lighter, hipper tone, should set a good precedent for Disney going forward (although the teaser for Iron Man 3 looks a bit darker than previous films - I hope I am wrong).
None of the Star Wars films have been flops. Even the Clone Wars cartoon (a pretty bad effort that set up a pretty good TV series) made a profit. So, I do think worries about anything Star Wars related flopping are a bit unnecessary. Sure, it could happen, but the movie would really have to be God-awful (far worse than Episode 3 or Episode 1).
I liked Brave - a lot. And I thought Merida, like Rapunzel and Tiana, was quite different from previous Disney princesses. She was definitely more independent, assertive, and aggressive. But, I have no issue with Disney Princesses... by and large they are good role models, and they are HOT! =)
I totally agree with you that Disney wresting control of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas is a good thing. He had the vision, but should have let other people flesh out the details. He can still be visionary in a consultant role, but now top notch directors will be making the key decisions. The end result: no more Jar Jar, no more Ewoks, fewer or no Muppets (my greatest fear is Disney wanting to add MORE Muppets to Star Wars - ugh!), and grander stories in much bigger universes that span many great characters not just a select few (Luke, Han, Leia).
I hope to check out Wreck-It Ralph tomorrow. I am more of a Sports simulation video gamer (NCAA College Football on my PS3 just flat out rules) than a platformer or first person shooter, but I look forward to the flick nonetheless. Plus I am sure my Nintendo loving kids will think it is the best thing since.... Revenge of the Sith! =)
See you in the parks, bro!