A Summer Long, Long Ago In a Backyard Far, Far Away
The announcement at Comic-Con that Phineas and Ferb is heading to the Star Wars universe has garnered mixed emotions. For producers of Phineas and Ferb, this is a dream come true. Some fans of the franchise feel this is the start of Disney destroying something we all love so much.
With LucasArts being shut down and rumors that the Expanded Universe will be completely ignored, it is easy to see why people are apprehensive of Disney’s intentions with Star Wars. On the flip side, can anything be worse for the franchise than Jar Jar Binks? Having J.J. Abrams on board for a Star Wars movie guarantees it will be visually appealing. I think we are all a little happy George Lucas will not be as involved. He said it is time to pass Star Wars on to the next generation of filmmakers. Maybe that means he is done re-envisioning Star Wars and he will stop going back and sullying our childhoods. It is also possible that with Disney behind the helm, the theatrical versions of the original trilogy could be released on Blu-ray. One can only dream.
Most of us have grown up with Star Wars and we do not want it ruined. For some like me, it may be what introduced you to Sci-Fi. A Phineas and Ferb crossover could bring about great things for Star Wars. My own kids love Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and anything relating to Marvel. No matter how hard I try, my 5-year-olds are not interested in Star Wars until the lightsabers come out. At their age I loved Star Wars and watched it until I drove my family crazy. One thing my kids do love is Phineas and Ferb. They have been very excited for the Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel episode in August. This crossover with Star Wars could be a way of introducing younger generations to Star Wars. Start them off with a cartoon they love, have them involved with the characters of Star Wars and it should pique their interest. Hopefully, this crossover will serve that purpose and usher in a new generation that loves Star Wars.