The Five Point Plan

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.

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20 Responses to “The Five Point Plan”

  1. Eduardo Vargas Says:

    The eight season thing was before the purchase of Disney. If you take into account that Episode VII is getting released by 2015, it would have been better perhaps for them if the show ended at season 7 in March of 2015, only for the film to be released 2 months later. But they are too dumb to notice that.

  2. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I don’t feel it’s right to demand, because the other side does nothing but. As much as I agree with you wholeheartedly, and as much as I will continue talking about how much Clone Wars means to us, I prefer to humbly request as opposed to saying anyone “must” do anything.

    • Eddie Says:

      You’ve got to understand, people from LP’s and my generation don’t do “humble requests”…we were taught to make demands, like, “I WANT my MTV!” 😉

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I only said that because you have to be clear in what you want. “Gee I really like Clone Wars” doesn’t say what you want.

      • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

        Well, yeah. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m all for showing support, even fighting for what we believe in, but I just want to be super-careful in how we word it and how we look at it. The last thing I want to do is become a hypocrite by resorting to the same attitudes and tactics we’ve been fighting against.

  3. peacetrainjedi Says:

    “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.”

    Disney’s response:
    “Clone Wars fans, you have fought gallantly. Worthy of recognition in the archives of the Jedi Order. Now… it is finished. Surrender, and the bonus episodes will be spared.”

    I feel that as much as we write letters and voice our disdain (which we have), buy Clone Wars merch (how could we not?), and jump up and down (a more and more common occurrence in these “strange times”), the fate of The Clone Wars has already been (permanently) sealed. Basically, if we just accept our fate (surrender), we will supposedly get “bonus material.” Now, our natural response is of course the classic Mace Windu retort to overwhelming odds:
    “Future Clone Wars episodes will not be hostages to be bartered, Disney!”

    Disney’s final response:
    “Then, I’m (NOT) sorry, old fans.”
    (Disney waves corporate hand, completely dissembling Lucasfilm Animation, and thus eradicating any future The Clone Wars TV material).

    Realistically, the only thing that could properly resolve The Clone Wars is some unexpected announcement by Lucasfilm Animation/ Dave Filoni that they have somehow mustered a huge armada of episodes that will truly resolve the series as it deserves to be resolved. And no, the so-called bonus content does not appear to “resolve” the series; rather, it appears to possibly conclude a few story arcs and set-up some elements of Episode III.

    Believe me, I want to be just as surprised as Padmé, and exclaim “Look!” as a cavalry of gunships led by none other than Mater Yoda himself arrive to save the day while glorious John Williams’ music plays in the background. But I do not think Lucas, Filoni, or even Kathy (if she wanted to) could truly muster up a force large enough to stop Disney’s droid-like steamrolling of all non-Disney initiated projects.

    Our only hope is that we get future bonus episodes that actually do conclude the series in a meaningful way, while resolving more character arcs than even we thought would have been possible within the span of less than a season. “The shroud of the Dark Side has fallen, begun the Disney Purge has…”

  4. Mike S Says:

    Not happy at all. This is a slap in the face to all the fans, as well as the talented people who have worked on this show, turning it into something truly remarkable for the past five years.

    If this is what we’re going to expect from these corporate monkeys, I say only one thing; BRING BACK GEORGE!

  5. Louis Ghanem (@lgghanem) Says:

    I think an important thing is to never stop fighting this decision. Disney probably expected protests or backlash, but they’re hoping and in all likelihood expecting it to fade away, especially once the Episode VII announcements start rolling in. They’re counting on us getting over it. Which is exactly why we shouldn’t show them a hint of that. If they’re not going to bring it back, let’s at least prevent any future wrongdoings by showing them how grave a mistake this was.

  6. oxward321 Says:

    Can you please post that prick Iger address again?

  7. Firebird2110 Says:

    1) Electronic letters done before the official news. Off to get stamps for the old fashioned ones tomorrow. I figure a physical pile of paper is harder to ignore than an email folder.

    2) Twitter avatar tagged, blog posted, general ranting and RTing on Twitter ongoing

    3) & 4) NA

    5) Oh I don’t know, I think I can give boycotting the Disneypire a shot and I already pre-order TCW on Blu-ray as a matter of course 😀 I realised the other day that I’ve spent more than twice on TCW blu-rays what I did for the movie box set.

  8. Hunk a Junk Says:

    According to TFN, the layoffs are now confirmed. What is happening is what I feared from the beginning: Disney is dismantling everything except for the feature production arm of Lucasfilm. The animation division will vanish and I bet that most of the current employees of Lucasfilm will turnover as well. Disney and Bad Robot will start bringing in their own people. At this point, I can see Lucasfilm eventually existing only on paper — a logo to slap at the beginning of the Star Wars movies — while all the real decisions are done in Burbank. That’s going to make places like this even more important in the years to come. It seems obvious to me that Disney is mothballing everything Lucas has done since 1997 and the PT will be treated as “the dark years” that never happened.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I posted on my LiveJournal that I fully expect more divisions to be shut down with employees being shuffled about or laid off. A friend of mine was saying that most of the current licensees will have their contracts expire within a couple of years. We could end up with a whole new roster of companies that publish Star Wars books, publish comics, create trading cards, making toys and collectibles, etc.. I don’t think it’s going to stop here.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I’ll go you one better, LP. I’ll predict that by the time they’re done producing the ST (20202 or so) that Lucasfilm will move entirely out of San Francisco to offices in L.A. The Letterman complex will be sold, ILM shutdown (Disney will license the name to another division or keep the trademark only to sell novelty t-shirts) and the company will simply fold into the existing Disney organization. Like I said, Lucasfilm will exist only as a logo.

    • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

      Well I agree with you that Lucasfilm as a creative and independent company was buried when Disney bought the company.
      The sentence that the new SW film would be procued by “Bad Robot under the Lucasfilm banner” was confirmation for me. Lucasfilm is merely a brand name for them now.

      However, I still do not agree with you that Lucasfilm hates the PT or TCW. Yes, they want to start over with their new projects but they don’t hate TCW or the PT.
      They also cancelled (“postponed”) Detours and Detours is not associated solely with Prequel stuff but perhaps more with the old times.

      They are making money with Prequel stuff too and it would be stupid to actively destroy a part of their purchase.
      The Prequel era is part of the brand.

      So, yeah, probably we won’t see Prequel stuff in the nearer future. But Disney doesn’t hate it.

  9. oxward321 Says:

    These are the dark times. Wouldn’t be surprised of they try to erase everything Lucas has done since 1984.

  10. Hunk a Junk Says:

    The irony, Ox, is that Lucas’s speech to congress about film preservation — the one savestarwars.com selectively edits to lie to fans about Lucas contradicting himself about changes to films — was about this exact topic: corporations buying up film properties and altering them against the artist’s wishes. Sadly, I have no doubt this is exactly what Disney intends with Star Wars. The Bloomberg article strongly hints that Iger told George that the deal was contingent on Disney having complete control. I initially hoped Lucas had written assurances into the contract, but now I’m not so sure. Disney could very well mothball the PT and the SEs forever.

    • oxward321 Says:

      You’ve been right, so far. I pray your wrong with this. I will go bombad! My 2nd letter is ready go. They do this my letters WILL get ugly!

  11. Dawn Richardson Says:

    Oh, *gods*, I pray too that you’re wrong about that, and I’d imagine that nobody would likely hope that more than you – ironically enough….it absolutely makes me *sick* inside – ties me up in such dreadful knots, my stomach is churning something dreadful, etc., etc. – to worry about whether or not there are assurances like that, of *any* kind really, built into the contract….I mean, by all rights I would have * thought* there would be, since George is plenty smart and more than canny, worlds-savvy enough for that…. But now….I just don’t know. I feel like I can’t be sure, and that scares me, for my beloved SW, perhaps most of all. 😦

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