The Ohana The Ohana Issue 2 Volume 1 - Page 87

approves the deal, Disney would be in a prime position to compete with Amazon, Netflix and YouTube upon the release of the still unnamed streaming service. Disney is looking to acquire the movie and television production portions of 21st Century Fox, leaving the other company to focus on news and sports. This would bring movies like Anastasia, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Die Hard Franchise, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, and Marvel characters like X-Men, Daredevil, Electra and The Fantastic Four and other Fox films into the Disney movie collection.

How does a Disney fan feel about this? Well, I'm excited! This means that, if the deal goes through, a lot of the movies I grew up loving would get a whole new audience and platform. It also opens up the possibility for new characters in the parks, from incorporation into firework shows and castle projections to character meet and greets, which I feel need an infusion of excitement that comes with new characters. I love the classic Disney characters and the new stories they're developing, but so few of them make it into the park as meet and greets, that I feel like after one or two trips I've met them all. It also adds another avenue for Disney's Conservation Fund to teach the next generation through FernGully since protecting the rainforest is the whole message of the movie. So overall I'm excited to watch how these discussions play out, but have also heard concerns from friends who like 21st Century Fox's television series like The Simpsons. Their concerns came for the continuation of the shows and how the possible purchase of these shows would affect Universal theme parks where there is a large presence. When I heard this particular concern, I thought oh maybe Disney and Universal can work out some sort of swap; continued theme park rights for The Simpsons for theme park rights east of the Mississippi river for Marvel. Seems fair to me.

In the same vein, Disney and Lucasfilms announced on Thursday that Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars episode 9, will develop and new trilogy for Star Wars fans. I have to admit, my first reaction was Why? The last three films announced are going to wrap the story of the Skywalkers up in a pretty bow, there isn't a need for more movies after that. And then I sat down to do some more reading into the whole thing beyond what the headlines said. So from sources like

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