The surprise announcement about Disney buying Lucasfilm had barely been made when the Twittersphere lit up: jokes about Disney-"Star Wars" mash-ups, quips about Jedi as Mouse House characters. ("Leia is a Disney princess now," wrote Alice Taylor of the digital toy company MakieLab.)
My colleagues at Company Town are breaking down the business implications. As George Lucas said in a statement, this was a way for the franchise to keep going after he's gone (and possibly stewarded better, he might have added, than in his lifetime). It's also a way for Disney to consolidate power -- the company already has animation heavyweight Pixar and superhero stalwart Marvel.