I didn't see a clear thread on this yet so I thought I'd make one. I think a LOT of people take for granted the "little things" that make a Star Wars film, a "Star Wars" film. Right now everyone is concentrating on what Disney will do with actors, writers, directors. They are wondering if there will be no EU, some EU, etc. That's all well and good, but I'm actually worried about the minor "nuances". This is my initial list. I'd like to hear your thoughts on these nuances, being in or not in the new films. Also feel free to post any I might have missed. The 20th Century Fox Fanfare Just think, from 1977 until 2005 we've always heard that fanfare before the films. We know this one is gone for sure. Nothing we can do about it. I know when the movie TCW was released, it felt weird to see the Warner Bros logo in the beginning. I personally didn't like it. "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." This intro text I believe has to be there. It calms and quiets you down after the 20th Century Fox Fanfare, just before you get smacked by the STAR WARS and the blaring John Williams intro music! Of course, I think it should be mandatory. Opening Theme John Williams opening theme is another must for ANY Star Wars movie to come. Even with other conductors or musicians, this should be mandatory. On a side note, Star Wars music is more than a nuance, so to discuss who should do the music for EPVII please use this thread: The Music of Star Wars Episode VII Opening Crawl I think almost everyone agrees on the opening crawl, including it's font style and it's 3 paragraph structure. LACK of Opening Credits If you pay attention, Star Wars DOES NOT have opening credits. Meaning you don't see: PRODUCER NAME A FILM BY (DIRECTOR NAME) FEATURING (Featured actors) CASTING or CASTING BY Casting director MUSIC or MUSIC COMPOSED BY or ORIGINAL SCORE BY Per wikipedia: George Lucas is credited with popularizing this with his Star Wars films which display only the film's title at the start. His decision to omit opening credits in his films Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) led him to resign from the Directors Guild of America after being fined $250,000 for not crediting the director during the opening title sequence.To me this is one of the important nuances I hope Disney keeps, however they are in the business to make money and paying fines isn't a way to make money. Before you just agree to having the credits BEFORE Star Wars, think about what GL was trying to accomplish: Star Wars is an epic movie, he didn't want to distract with credits, he wanted to roll right into the action. Lucas Style Scene Wipes (Transitions) Another detail over looked by a lot of people is the Star Wars scene wipes. The transitions from scene to scene with diagonal wipes, center out wipes, arc wipes, side to side wipes. If you didn't notice go back and watch! Again, very Star Wars specific. Minimal use of Slow Motion Effects Correct me if I'm wrong, but with the exception of of the ESB scene with Luke fighting Vader in the Dagobah cave, and possibly a few scenes in ROTS around Order 66 there is almost no "slow motion" used. I'm specifically talking about Matrix and Michael Bay style slow motion action effects. They may work for other films, but I don't see fitting in Star Wars films. Speed and Chase Sequences They don't exist per say in every Star Wars film, but given Lucas' "race car" background in his youth, he's added scenes throughout various Star Wars films: Trench Run (ANH)Asteroid Chase (ESB)Speeder Bikes (ROTJ)Pod Race (TPM)Coruscant City Chase (AOTC)Jango Fett Chase (AOTC)General Grevious Chase (ROTS) For Disney to keep with tradition, every Star Wars film needs a good chase. R2D2 & C3PO With tradition, these droids are the only characters that are seen in all six films (& TCW) in their normal state. Of course if you count Anakin=Vader then he's in all the films, but he's essentially two different characters. Also if you count Obi-Wan's ghost, he is in all films. But like I said, as unaltered characters the droids HAVE to be in any future Star Wars films. "I have a bad feeling about this" Every SW film has it. Needs to stay: LACK of "Flashbacks" Lucas hasn't used "flashback" sequences in Star Wars. SW is very linear. If something from the past needs to be referenced, a character usually references it directly. Not to confuse "dream sequences" with "Flashbacks" which were introduced in ROTS. LACK of Blonde Women in Star Wars Films LOL! Really? Didn't you notice? With the exception of "extras", there are no main female characters with blonde hair. With the exception of the waitress in Dex's dinners, I don't believe I've seen another blonde girl. Star Wars has always been about Brunettes and Redheads. LACK of Females and Aliens in the Empire Excluding the EU, the Empire was mostly human males. Should they expand that and get a little more politically correct? Ending John Williams Theme John Williams ending theme is another must for ANY Star Wars movie to come. Even with other conductors or musicians, this should be mandatory. Also keep in mind the John Williams closing theme blends into the rest of the music through the closing credits.On a side note, Star Wars music is more than a nuance, so to discuss who should do the music for EPVII please use this thread: The Music of Star Wars Episode VII Closing Credit Font and Color Much like the "A long time ago" classic font and color, the closing credits should be in the same format as it has been for all the Star Wars films. Well, that's all I have for now. What little things did you notice are in every Star Wars film? Or in that case, what things are NOT in every Star Wars film? Do you care if Disney and the future creators honor these little details? Could you care less? Why or Why not?