There Will Be No Disney Logo Before ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
If you noticed, in neither of the first two Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers did you see the Disney logo; each opened with the classic Lucasfilm fanfare. According to Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, you won’t be seeing the Disney logo in front of The Force Awakens when you see it theaters either.
Many fans have noted it will be awkward to see an official Star Wars movie without the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare before the film, with Disney’s iconic Cinderella’s castle logo in its place. While you may miss the pomp and circumstance of Alfred Newman’s classic fanfare, you won’t have to see the Disney logo.
Iger spoke to a group of students at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications (Iger’s alma mater) via Skype on October 7. While he obviously couldn’t talk much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he did tell the students that there would be no Disney logo on the film, only the Lucasfilm fanfare. When asked why, he said it was “for the fans.”
It’s probably a smart move on Disney’s part, especially since J.J. Abrams has had to come out publicly to say that he had final cut on The Force Awakens and that studio executives were “not trying to Disney-fy” the movie. What better way to alleviate those concerns than by not even putting your logo on the movie.
That said, the 20th Century Fox fanfare will still be missed. John Williams has said he composed the Main Theme for Star Wars in the same key as Newman’s fanfare, which he insisted was an extension of his original score. Williams even re-recorded the Fox fanfare for The Empire Strikes Back, and that version was used in all subsequent Star Wars films.
As we reported yesterday, you’ll get another look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage (without the Disney logo) on October 19 during the ESPN broadcast of Monday Night Football.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.
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