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.
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.
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