Panderverse 1 / Kathleen Kennedy 0 – Dave Filoni New Chief Creative Officer At Lucasfilm

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Dave Filoni New Chief Creative Officer At Lucasfilm

In a galaxy not so far away, Dave Filoni has ascended to the role of Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm. Known for his work on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” Filoni’s recent promotion to Chief Creative Officer places him at the forefront of shaping the future of the beloved franchise.

Amidst the buzz surrounding Filoni’s promotion, an unexpected catalyst emerges with the recent South Park special, “Joining The Panderverse.” Released on Paramount+ at the end of October, the episode took direct shots at The Walt Disney Company and humorously lampooned Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, portrayed in satirical glory by Eric Cartman.

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Reports from Midnight’s Edge suggest that Disney executives were not particularly pleased with the episode’s comedic jabs. The behind-the-scenes response at Disney allegedly ranged from surprise and embarrassment to feelings of betrayal and, as described, “overall butthurt.” The episode’s impact prompted discussions between Disney and Paramount, with little constructive dialogue.

Kathleen Kennedy, often described as someone who takes criticism personally, reportedly reacted with anger and used intermediaries to convey her sentiments. Former “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano added a satirical touch to this narrative, envisioning how Kennedy might deploy various tactics to control the narrative and suppress criticism.

In the wake of this unexpected cultural moment, one must ponder whether the timing of Filoni’s promotion is more than mere coincidence. As Chief Creative Officer, Filoni is now involved in the inception phase of Star Wars projects, potentially positioning him strategically to navigate external criticisms and reinforce creative leadership.

However, as we scrutinize Filoni’s rise to prominence, doubts about his creative prowess linger. While he garnered acclaim for his work on animated series like “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” his foray into live-action Star Wars with “The Mandalorian” and “Ahsoka” has not been without its challenges. Recent critiques suggest a diminishing quality in the former, accompanied by a decline in viewership, raising questions about Filoni’s ability to sustain the magic that animated his earlier successes.

According to reviews from James Carrick and Worth it or Woke, the criticisms directed at “Ahsoka,” a show under Filoni’s creative leadership, become more apparent. Carrick accuses the series of lacking naturalness and organic elements, with lightsaber battles lacking polish, characters exhibiting low energy, and an overall sense of apathy. The show’s pacing, choreography, and execution are questioned, with claims that it feels like a shadow of the once-great Star Wars legacy.

In one particularly scathing section of Carrick’s review, he questions whether anyone involved in the series understands the fundamentals of storytelling, interesting characters, and plot development. The criticism extends to the lackluster fight scenes, uninspired dialogue, and questionable casting choices, including accusations that characters resemble cosplayers rather than embodying the iconic Star Wars universe.

As Filoni navigates the challenges of leading Lucasfilm into the future, it becomes evident that he may not be one with The Force nor the singular solution to the complex dynamics of storytelling, audience engagement, and the ever-evolving landscape of the Star Wars fandom. While Filoni’s creative legacy is established in the animated realm, the skepticism surrounding recent live-action projects suggests that transitioning to a new medium requires more than past successes in a different format. The uncertainties surrounding Filoni’s ability to sustain the enchantment of Star Wars in live-action storytelling remain, casting a shadow on his trajectory within the iconic franchise.

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Brent Decker

Brent Decker is a devoted Christian and husband, proud father, and your freshest source for all things entertainment news. While he may be new to the exhilarating world of showbiz updates, he's geared up to bring you captivating insights and intriguing tidbits.

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  • Rick K.

    November 22, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    I have no faith that Disney can right the Titanic that Disney/Pixar/Star Wars/Marvel has become. It will take new ownership, dedicated new ownership, to do that.

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