Rebel Force Radio and Jedi News are reporting that they will start to draw down the crew working on Clone Wars this week. TFN is basically saying that Lucasfilm Animation is being tossed into the dustbin of history and now they too are FINALLY urging fans to get involved:
One source familiar with developments at Lucasfilm told me that the changes at Lucasfilm Animation go beyond The Clone Wars team. This individual described a dramatic downsizing of the entire division and said that Disney planned to place future Star Wars TV projects in the hands of its existing television operation. While the source did not name names, it appears likely that veterans of the animation division and The Clone Wars in particular may be leaving the company.
It sounds pretty discouraging, doesn’t it? This does not mean we should give up. In fact, we CAN’T give up. Why? Read a rant I posted on my LiveJournal last week on why. The Powers That Be are betting you and I won’t care anymore and will quickly forget about the show. Too many fans didn’t realize until too late what was happening and too many fans right now trust that they’re still going to get what they want.
Not so fast. So long as we have no details on what exactly is going to be released or when, we shouldn’t assume we’re going to get this stuff at all. And by no means has anyone said that this material is going to tie up the show’s loose ends. This was mapped for eight seasons, and in case you’re counting that’s at least 60 more episodes. SIXTY. They will never be made so the fates of Rex, Maul, Ahsoka, etc. will never be resolved. It’s like reading a novel, getting to the last 100 pages, and somebody snatches it out of your hands, then throws it into the fire.
TPTB must understand that we 1) MUST get all remaining episodes and 2) MUST get a resolution on the show’s story. Nothing else short of that will do.
So, what do we do? To make it easy, I have come up with a five-point plan designed to put pressure on TPTB to do right by Clone Wars.
One: Send a letter to Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, etc. if you haven’t already. If you have sent one, send another one expressing how you feel about the show being cancelled and demanding that 1) we get whatever’s been made and 2) the story gets a proper resolution. If you have kids or know any who watch the show, have them write too. Be creative…some fans are sending strings of beads like Ahsoka’s along with their letters. Upload a video on YouTube and send them a copy on disk.
No matter what, do NOT swear or issue personal threats in your letter. Keep it short and to the point.
Two: Protest online. Get a Twibbon made to support the cause and post it on your profile. Change your icons on Facebook, Google+ or whatever to reflect your support. Tweet @Disney about Clone Wars. Rant away on your own blog and page. Send copies to your friends, share, and pass it on. I’ll be doing all of that stuff on my end in the coming week.
Three: If you are attending any con this spring or summer, wear a black ribbon with a Clone Wars pin to show your support for the cause. Especially if you’re going to Star Wars Weekends at Disney World! And wear as much Clone Wars gear as you can. SWW is one of the few times that a Disney park will allow customers to cosplay…dress up in your best Clone Wars costume. Don’t do anything that will get you arrested or kicked out of the park, but a big show of support for Clone Wars will be helpful. Ditto for anyone attending D23 in Anaheim in August.
Four: Speak up whenever you have the opportunity. If there are any Disney panels at any con you attend this summer, get up and ask about Clone Wars. If you’re going to Star Wars Celebration Europe 2, ask about Clone Wars at any relevant panel or of any relevant suit you see wandering around the con. If you’re going to D23, ask about it there too. Are you a Disney shareholder? Start going to meetings and try to get the chance to say something. Make it clear to Disney we are NOT just going to forget about the show.
Five: Speak with your wallet. It’s tough to boycott the Disneypire. They’ve got their fingers in everything. My two year old niece loves her some Mickey and Minnie. Most of us watch something on ABC, ABC Family, ESPN, or whatever. Some of us have Disney vacations planned that we can’t just toss overboard. While many of us are talking of boycotting any Disney Star Wars project, other fans aren’t willing to go to those lengths yet. Well, instead of a boycott try a BUYcott of Clone Wars. Someone mentioned on my LJ the reason why they made “Serenity” was because of high DVD sales of “Firefly” as fans bought them for friends, family, libraries, etc.. I think this is a great idea. Keep cosplaying as Clone Wars characters. Keep making your own stuff. Make it a part of introducing Star Wars to people. The more Clone Wars fans there are, the more pressure there will be to give the show the proper ending.
This is designed to be long term. “Legend Of Korra” started four years after “Avatar: The Last Airbender” went off the air. It took three years after Firefly’s cancellation to get Universal to make “Serenity.” It was seven years after “Veronica Mars” left the airwaves that fans backed a Kickstarter project to fund a film; the studio was convinced to go ahead with the film if the show’s creator was able to raise the money. We have to be patient but persistent.