The Walt Disney Company has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry for almost a century. From animated classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to modern blockbusters like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney has produced some of the most beloved and successful films of all time. However, when it comes to the Star Wars franchise, many fans are left wondering: does Star Wars count as a Disney movie?
What is Disney?
Before we dive into this question, let’s first define what we mean by “Disney.” The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney as an animation studio.
Over time, it expanded into other areas of entertainment, including live-action film and television production, theme parks, and merchandise. In recent years, Disney has also acquired several other major entertainment companies, including Pixar (2006), Marvel Entertainment (2009), Lucasfilm (2012), and 21st Century Fox (2019).
Disney’s Acquisition of Lucasfilm
It was in 2012 that Disney made its biggest acquisition yet: Lucasfilm, the production company behind Star Wars. At the time of the acquisition, George Lucas – who had created the Star Wars franchise – said that he was “confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy [the current president of Lucasfilm], and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”
Since then, Disney has released four new Star Wars films: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), The Last Jedi (2017), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). In addition to these films, there have also been several animated series set in the Star Wars universe that have aired on Disney-owned networks such as Disney XD.
So Does Star Wars Count as a Disney Movie?
The answer to this question is both yes and no. On the one hand, Star Wars was created by George Lucas and existed as a franchise long before Disney acquired Lucasfilm. The original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983) and the prequel trilogy (1999-2005) were all produced independently of Disney.
On the other hand, since acquiring Lucasfilm, Disney has been responsible for producing all new Star Wars content. This includes not just the films mentioned above, but also novels, comics, video games, and more. In addition, Disney has incorporated Star Wars into its theme parks in a big way – there are now entire lands dedicated to the franchise at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
So while Star Wars is not technically a “Disney movie” in the traditional sense – that is, it wasn’t created by Disney – it is undeniably a major part of the Disney empire now.
In conclusion, whether or not you consider Star Wars to be a Disney movie depends on how you define “Disney.” While it’s true that Star Wars existed long before Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the fact remains that all new Star Wars content is now produced under the Disney umbrella. So while purists may argue that Star Wars will never truly be a “Disney movie,” there’s no denying that the franchise has become an integral part of the company’s brand identity – and will likely continue to do so for many years to come.