Category - Episode IV – A New Hope

The forbidden spin-off: Star Wars Christmas Special

It’s the stuff of legend. Just months after the first Star Wars film became an unexpected box office smash and created a universe to which countless people – young and old – longed to escape, the first spin-off hit TV screens.

It was 1978 and the Star Wars universe, not yet fully formed, was used as the basis for a nonsensical TV variety show. The standalone production had the blessing of George Lucas at the time, though these days he is actively involved in a campaign to wipe its existence from the face of the Earth – which is a tough ask now that were living in the digital era.

The following video provides a fascinating insight into two things. Firstly, it describes how the infamous Star Wars Christmas Special came about, who was involved and what it was all about. Then, the video highlights why it is that this production was allowed to exist (temporarily) in the immature canon of the time, and how the Star Wars universe has both extended and contracted in the years since. It’s well worth a look, even if you know about the Christmas Special. For those who haven’t yet seen any footage from the first Star Wars spin-off, you’re in for a horrid treat.

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Storm Troopers boogie their way to victory

They may not always encounter success on the battle field, or in the appropriate calibration of a blaster’s targeting system, but storm troopers sure know how to move. The particular group presented below arguably should have been using their spare time to better secure air vents on the Death Star, or to practice their aim, but passion seems to have taken them in a different direction.

See as this troop explodes in a cacophony of color and motion in the Earthly reality show, Britain’s Got Talent.

 

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Star Wars Bloopers

The film-making process lends itself to mistakes being made. It’s a creative endeavour, often involving literally hundreds of individual specialists, long days and tight schedules. It’s also increasingly a practice that is reliant on technology working the way it is expected. Given this, it’s inevitable that the odd blooper will appear on any production. In fact, it’s surprising that they aren’t more common, but such is a testament to the professionalism of many in the industry.

The Star Wars saga has now delivered nine canonical live-action feature films; spanning five decades. As you might imagine, this means that there have been plenty of mishaps on the set of these films. Those that are caught on camera are often the most humorous, as they involve characters and actors that we all know and love.

The following video presents 10 bloopers from the Star Wars films. Though you’ve likely seen some, there were actually a few in here that came as a surprise to me. Hopefully the video holds a few hidden treasures for you also. Enjoy!

 

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Why George Lucas has no interest in directing more Star Wars movies

Many of the most iconic pieces of pop culture from the 1980s sprang from the vivid imagination of George Lucas. Those who grew up in that era were no doubt heavily influenced by the original Star Wars trilogy, by Indiana Jones and perhaps even George’s smaller fantasy works, such as Willow.

If the following video is any indication, however, it seems that George is still reeling from the hammering he received from fans upon the release of the prequel trilogy. Those films, while visually spectacular, suffered from a lack of charm, heart and evocative performances, so it’s understandable that fans of the original series felt that the saga had lost some of its magic. At the same time, it’s unfortunate if the lack of love shown towards Jar-Jar Binks is what has deflated George’s passion for the Star Wars Universe.

Take a look and let us know your thoughts below.

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Bad Lip Reading brings a Star Wars gift to us all

The crew behind Bad Lip Reading – famous for dubbing footage from film, TV, sporting events and political highlights with largely nonsensical but often riotously funny alternative dialogue – has delivered in a big way. Clearly inspired by the mammoth attention heaped upon the debut of The Force Awakens, they have just simultaneously launched three Star Wars “Lip Reading” videos. These parody events and characters from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

What’s more, this series of videos is dubbed by some impressive voiceover talent, including Kung Fu Panda himself – Jack Black, as well as Maya Rudolf and Bill Hader. Given Hader’s attachment, it’s possible that Disney has subtly given these shorts their blessing (he recently voiced a major character in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out).

There’s plenty to love about these, including surprising transformations of Chewie and Jabba. Musical pieces also feature, with Obi Wan Kenobi’s folk ballad “Bushes of Love” and Luke’s R&B AT-AT raid track particular highlights. We hope you love these new perspectives on the original classics.

 

BAD LIP READING TAKES ON STAR WARS EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE

 

BAD LIP READING TAKES ON STAR WARS EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

 

BAD LIP READING TAKES ON STAR WARS EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI

 

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