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The Pony with a Thousand Faces: My Little Pony and the Hero’s Journey

(Video Link) In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, anthropologist Joseph Campbell summarized myths and literature from cultures around the world as a “monomyth”–a literary pattern that forms the basis for thousands of different stories about heroes. Campbell’s work has had a tremendous influence on modern day storytellers, including Richard Adams to George Lucas. The hero is [...]

Changing His Mind

Comic artist Pablo Stanley illustrates what so many were thinking when they heard about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. Link -via Breakfast Links But to give credit where it is due, George Lucas said that the majority of the money he gets from Disney will go to a charitable foundation to fund education efforts. Link

Luke Skywalker’s Adoption

(Dorkly link) Obi-Wan Kenobi and Owen Lars discuss the biggest holes in the plot of the Star Wars saga. It just goes to show that George Lucas never had an overarching story to tell; he just made it up as he went along. And besides, Owen and Anakin weren’t even half-brothers, they were step-brothers. -via Geeks [...]

10 Really Bad Movies that Define “Bad Movies”

Yesterday I linked a story about the movie The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. The children’s film opened last weekend in 2,160 theaters, and earned less than half a million dollars on its opening weekend. That means it only made $206 per theater, a record low for a movie in wide release (more than [...]

New Star Wars Animated Series – Detours

(YouTube Link) From one of the guys that brought you a little scifi franchise called Star Wars (George Lucas) and one of the guys responsible for the toy-motion bonanza known as Robot Chicken (Seth Green) comes a very new animated series – Star Wars: Detours. Your favorite wacky space characters are given a shiny new look, big [...]

Star Wars Spaghetti Westerns

George Lucas had trouble selling his Star Wars concept. What if he had responded by going to Italy where filmmaking was cheaper? Timothy Anderson created posters for all three movies from that deliciously weird alternate universe. Link -via blastr

Watching Return of the Jedi in Production

(YouTube link) Jeff Broz and a group of his teenage friends went out to the desert where George Lucas was filming Return of the Jedi and recorded what they saw. Thirty years later, we are all jealous! -via The Daily What Geek

George Lucas Strikes Back … with Low Income Housing

For 25 years, George Lucas tried to develop a portion of his 6,100-acre property in the posh hills of Marin into an expansion site for his movie production company. But his neighbors, fearing traffic [...]

The Perverse History of Copyright

In this short video, explainmaestro C.G.P Grey explores the history of copyright, using the only slightly less alarming headline Copyright: Forever Less One Day (there’s also a transcript at that page). Copyright is an important system; it underlies much of the commerce I do every day. And its current implementation is basically cuckoo bananas, [...]