Why The New Star Wars Intro Sucks, And How To Fix It
Now that the Star Wars films have finally been released digitally, the question of what Disney planned to do with the iconic 20th Century Fox logo and opening fanfare that’s so closely associated with Star Wars has been answered.
There’s a big problem with this though, beyond the excision of the Fox fanfare. This intro is edited from a specific piece from the end titles of The Empire Strikes Back titled “The Rebel Fleet / End Titles“. It’s abruptly edited without care of the melodic impact that the splice makes.
My other problem is that it’s simply too short to convey the proper sense of grandeur that the Fox fanfare managed to bring to the beginning of a Star Wars film.
As a result, I decided to do my own re-edit to solve the issue entirely by pairing the newest version of Disney’s intro branding with the Lucasfilm logo. I chose a more triumphant part of the Star Wars score to sit behind Disney’s opening that isn’t too far removed from Disney’s own intro theme, which leads melodically into a closing theme behind Lucasfilm’s. I also manually spliced the fireworks audio in over the score during the Disney component. Some subtle timing edits were also made to ensure that the graphics matched the audio throughout.
Hopefully this gives you as a reader and viewer an idea of why the correct intro is important, and potentially someone at Disney/Lucasfilm might see that a more impactful opening is possible.