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Disney and LucasFilm Forcing 'Star Wars' and 'Cars' to Have Babies

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August 24, 2012
Source: Inside the Magic

Cars / Star Wars

"Merchandising. Where the real money from the movie is made." Ah, yes, the wise and powerful Yogurt from Spaceballs knew what he was talking about. Most of the reason Star Wars is still relevant today is because of all the merchandising that still goes on for kids of all ages. Don't get me wrong, the original trilogy is most important to cinema's history, but now the saga is out of control and nothing more than a cesspool of toys, lunchboxes, towels and underwear. The same can be said for Disney/Pixar's Cars property, which proved its true worth when a heartless sequel hit theaters and didn't really resonate as a true Pixar film. So why not have Lucasfilm and Disney join forces? And together they will rule the galaxy! Look below!

At Star Wars Celebration VI happening in Orlando, Florida right now, there's a whole slew of new Star Wars gear being revealed along with Mos Eisley Cantina Bar Patron #4 signing autographs. One such piece of merchandising comes in the form of a recent collaboration between Disney and Lucasfilm to turn Cars characters into Star Wars characters that will be sold as toys (found on Inside the Magic, via SlashFilm):

Cars - Star Wars - Mater

Cars - Star Wars - Lightning McQueen

Cars - Star Wars - Holly Shiftwell

Cars - Star Wars - Luigi and Guido

Cars - Star Wars - Tractor

That's Lightning McQueen as Luke Skywalker on Hoth, and Mater as Darth Vader, which is just wrong. Sure Darth Mater rolls off the tongue, but it's just disrespectful to have a redneck tow truck become the most feared Sith in the galaxy. Then again, Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen kind of turned him into just an emo kid, so whatever. Then there's Holly Shiftwell as Princess Leia, Luigi and Guido as C-3PO and R2-D2 and one of the tractors as a Stormtrooper. Don't get me wrong, I like the character designs here, and I'm sure kids will eat them up, but this is just a little too much.

I think the bigger issue is all of the questions this opens up. In the Cars universe, all vehicles have personalities like people. And there are living things like bugs and such that resemble cars as well (Volkswagen Beetles as bugs, etc.). so does this mean ships like the X-Wing or TIE Fighters would have eyes and talk like the planes in Cars 2? I'd actually like to see those character designs too. Of course, then we'd probably be forced into some sort of Cars Wars spin-off, everyone will hate Car Car Binks, and then I won't know what to do with myself. But that's the life of a Star Wars fan nowadays. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 36 Comments

1

No, no, no, a million times NO!!!!

LosZombies on Aug 24, 2012

2

Hahahaha so good... Going to upset so many fanboys!

Alex Billington on Aug 24, 2012

3

I actually think these look kinda cool, though maybe it's cause I've never seen Cars. I just see them as "star wars cars" rather than equate them to the Pixar character's they're supposed to be.

dhf on Aug 24, 2012

4

I wish I would've covered my eyes. Now I'm blind.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Aug 24, 2012

5

he heh eh.

Carpola on Aug 26, 2012

6

The infinite power of cross-promoting!

Big Boss on Aug 24, 2012

7

A combination of 2 dead franchises in the water Star Wars and Cars together at last! Both with horrible sequels (Star Wars Prequels) (Cars 2 and others to follow) have joined forces to create a mutated trash pile! Ah I would love to see a Mater and Jar Jar Binks puke puddle next!

JerseyBoy on Aug 24, 2012

8

oh cmon these are really funny... i cant see why anyone would get upset over this

Anon on Aug 24, 2012

9

Disappointed! Thought "babies" meant making more sequels. I wanna see episodes 6, 7, and 9! And George Lucas will ONLY write the story. Not direct!

The Truth on Aug 24, 2012

10

Nice counting. To be honest I understand, for Lucas, star wars is all about the kids. Kids buying his merch got him where he is today. Still, as an adult, I can be pissed at what it's become. Hope he never makes another movie

Richie G on Aug 24, 2012

11

Not even write.He should only lent the franchise to superior creators and artist who could maybe possibly salvage the calamity he made.

nerdrage on Aug 24, 2012

12

you could always read the 257 books that are out now that have detailed every part of their lives...Chewbacca is currently dead as are two out of three of Lea and Hans kids...one of them went to the dark side and his twin sister killed him for it...had to be trained by Boba Fett to learn how to fight dirty in order to defeat him....Luke's wife is dead and his kid almost went to the darkside because of it and the millennium falcon is painted black in memory of Chewbacca and is falling apart due to age...and all of this is George Lucas approved so you cant do movies from this.....

Jericho on Aug 25, 2012

13

Luke's kid is named Ben...

Jericho on Aug 25, 2012

14

I always thought Luke was gay.

Carpola on Aug 26, 2012

15

so did his Rogue squadron before they started seeing each other...according to my brother it was a very short running gag...

Jericho on Aug 26, 2012

16

GOOD...LET THE HATE FLOW THROUGH YOU.

DAVIDPD on Aug 24, 2012

17

You're not helping! lol

Big Boss on Aug 24, 2012

18

One dislike? You got to be fucking kidding me! This is the best comment in weeks. At least it's just one, I guess...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Aug 25, 2012

19

The whole like/dislike system is a joke. Also agree about the comment.It's brilliant.

# on Aug 25, 2012

20

I do believe this comment/photo is the best thing I've ever seen. It should be a button on Facebook.

Sarah on Aug 25, 2012

21

Hatred. Sorry, I just... god damn.

cracky on Aug 24, 2012

22

George Lucas knew from the start that to keep the longevity of a franchise going is to appeal to the kids so why is this a surprise? Star Trek on the other hand seems to be targeting a more mature audience thanks to J.J. Abrams. I'm not normally a fan of star trek but I find myself drifting away from star wars thanks to those ridiculous prequels but the only thing that keeps pulling me back is the scores.

BinaryChaos on Aug 24, 2012

23

To bad J.J.Abrams Star Trek is departing from the original formula and going for shiny dumb ass action.But I guess anything can be SF as long as it's set in space. I did like the new Star Trek but it's a dumb ass action movie.It should have been more cerebral.

nerdrage on Aug 24, 2012

24

your not really departing if you specifically register it as an alternate time...

Jericho on Aug 27, 2012

25

Haha this is cool, mostly because it's from the original trilogy

Fidel Reyes on Aug 24, 2012

26

KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!!

Jericho on Aug 24, 2012

27

Why isnt a Nebula near when you need one? Or a Photon Cannon, or a BFG, or a Tank...

wylles on Aug 25, 2012

28

This is how I feel about it...

Ian Pullens on Aug 25, 2012

29

I remember back in the late 80s/early 90s when Star Wars was a set of 3 grand sci-fantasy films and some nice toys. Now it seems like a 70year old hooker in a green tube top and pink mini skirt, smoking a cigarette and leering at passers-by with "You wanna good time luv??". Everyone: download Harmy's Despecialized Editions of the original trilogy, burn them to dual layer DVDs. Try to ignore absolutely everything else - prequels, changes, junk, parodies, cartoons, hybrids. In a few years time, you might actually feel that sense of simple joy you felt when the films first came out.

crystaltowers on Aug 25, 2012

30

The corporate greed on display is disgusting.

rennmaxbeta on Aug 25, 2012

31

...and the evidence for the Mayan apocalypse just keeps getting stronger. 😛

Sarah on Aug 25, 2012

32

And???? There's over 75,000 collectable Star Wars items out there, I think it's a bit late to start complaining in 2012 about this kind of merch. Star Wars revenue: $15 billion-toys $4.7 billion-videogames $4.5 billion-box office $4.3 billion dvds $2 billion-books $1.3 billion-other $1.2 billion-rentals Over $33 BILLION, as the numbers above are now 6-12months old......

David Banner on Aug 26, 2012

33

Future landfill.

-__- on Aug 26, 2012

34

I don't get it. Wrong wrong wrong.

Carpola on Aug 26, 2012

35

That's not Holly Shiftwell. It's Sally Carrera, the lawyer/hotel owner from the first Cars movie.

Hanov3r on Oct 31, 2012

36

ITS NOT HOLLEY ITS SALLY

Andriel Juinio on May 20, 2013

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