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Disney/Lucasfilm merger resurrects 'Star Wars' franchise for a new generation

In this handout image provided by Disney,
In this handout image provided by Disney, "Star Wars" creator and filmmaker George Lucas meets a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lucas is in central Florida for "Star Wars Celebration V," the official Lucasfilm fan event that is taking place this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
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Long ago in a galaxy far far away... Actually yesterday here in California, George Lucas sold his Lucasfilm company along with his Star Wars empire to Disney for $4.05 billion.

The sci-fi movie franchise already extends into games, TV and consumer products. With three new movie in the works, the stars are the limit for Star Wars and its new owner Disney.

Fans of the original movies say the franchise has been going downhill ever since the release of Phantom Menace in 1999. But there's a whole new generation of moviegoers out there and for them, this will be their first chance to see "Star Wars" on the big screen.

To find out what this young demographic thinks about yesterday's announcement, we brought in a huge "Star Wars" fan, 7-year-old  Sam Grotenstein.