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Chewbacca & Jar Jar Binks

The Force is Strong

... with Disney

10/31/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mickey Mouse just got the wookie stamp of approval ... 'cause the guy who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy tells TMZ he's totally stoked Disney will continue the "Star Wars" franchise.

We spoke with Peter Mayhew ... who tells us, “I have no doubt Disney will respect and continue the legacy of Lucasfilm. I have worked with Disney for many years during their Star Wars Weekends Celebration and seen how much they love the films and the fans.”

Mayhew -- who currently runs the Peter Mayhew Foundation for special needs and at-risk children -- says he's impressed by the way Disney involved Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee in the "Avengers" movies. "[Disney] has an excellent track record for listening to the creator's voice."

And Chewie ain't the only "Star Wars" character on board ... we also spoke with Ahmed Best -- the voice of Jar Jar Binks -- who tells us, "George has always been a hero and a mentor. I am happy that the saga will continue."

Daniel Logan – who played young Boba Fett in Episode II – adds, "I think Disney acquiring Lucasfilm is a wonderful thing! There are exciting times ahead for Star Wars fans!”

As for Peter, all info for his foundation can be found on his website,


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Hey Mickey, wanna see the dark side!

724 days ago


yeah, and john carter was a great first movie in their new trilogy...

724 days ago


I’m excited the trilogy lives on, and if it sucks, oh well, we still always have the original.

724 days ago


yeah - more greenscreen and animation in space. hopefully, they'll have children in the major roles. it would be nice if they could somehow bring jar jar back - he was the best!

724 days ago


OK. I'll give Disney a chance. But if I hear Han Solo yell, "To infinity, and beyond!" I'm out!

724 days ago

moe l.    

Klohe Kardashian, aka the wookie, is going to be an attraction at Disneyland!!!!

724 days ago

Rude Boy    

Disney tends to do pretty well financially and creatively with franchises that they purchase, The Muppets, Winnie the Pooh, Marvel comics and we shall see.

724 days ago


This is our best chance for GOOD new Star Wars movies. The prequels proved that George Lucas had lost his magic and if he had stayed in charge any future movies would have been guaranteed to be awful.

723 days ago


First three Star Wars films were brilliant, engaging story, amazing special effects (which did not depend so much on computer-generated fake graphics), unique characters they created, the environments.
Last three prequel films were boring, and buried in computer graphic effects.
Hopefully we might see some improvement, as long as they don't fill the movies with so much computer-generated visual effects, viewers knowing they're looking at something that isn't even really there.
On the other hand when it's done right, rarely, it works well, such as in Starship Troopers.

723 days ago


Well if it has the seal of approval from truly legendary characters like Jar Jar Binks, Im satisfied.

723 days ago

Old school TV fan    

Disney acquiring Lucasfilm might be fine and dandy, provided it utilizes all of its resources, but it could've also acquired Ruby-Spears, too, considering how much of a working relationship that Joe Ruby and Ken Spears have with The Walt Disney Co. As a matter of fact, Joe Ruby started at Disney, before he met Ken Spears at Hanna-Barbera, which has since merged with Disney's archrival, Warner Bros. If Disney were to acquire Ruby-Spears, it would come full circle, since ABC-TV set up Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in their own animation studio in 1977. R-S still operates, as of 2013.

528 days ago

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