A disturbance in the force: Disney’s universe is all about money, people. It gets as little of mine as possible.

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Hard pass for me. I’d read vintage phone books before I give Disney any more money. To paraphrase the esteemed Ignatius J. Reilly, “Veneration of Disney is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate.”

Will “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” rebalance Disney’s universe? (The Economist)

Getting the franchise right is crucial to Disney’s future in theme parks, toys and streaming

THIS WEEK “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will dominate the global box office, and will probably delight fans across the galaxy. Yet the “Star Wars” franchise has not been nearly the success story for its owner, Disney, as its other blockbuster factory, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which this year produced the highest-grossing film of all time, “Avengers: Endgame”. The story of why that may be is worth telling, because getting “Star Wars” right would further Disney’s long-term ambitions across its businesses, from toys and theme parks to its latest endeavour, streaming television …

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