Star Wars day is a celebration of all things Star Wars, and the day itself is based on a spoof of one of the most famous lines in the film; it’s the only day of the year that you can say, “May the Fourth be with you.” So in honor of Star Wars Day, celebrate by enjoying some of the best Star Wars spoofs on DVD:
Family Guy Blue Harvest – This is one of the best Star Wars spoofs because it combines one of the most iconic animated series ever with the most iconic sci-fi film ever, ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’; it’s a match made in pop culture heaven. Peter is Hans Solo; Chris is Luke Skywalker, Lois is Princess Leia; Brian is Chewbacca; and poor Meg is a garbage squid. Somehow the whole film is shortened into a one-hour special, in which Peter encourages the geeky audience to see Angelina Jolie naked in ‘Gia’; Herbert (the old pedophile playing Obi -Wan Kenobi) manages to squeeze in a limp light saber joke; and Chris points out that the next show on this list beat Family Guy to the Star Wars spoof idea.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars – It’s only fitting that a show that uses classic action figures for its stars to tackle some of the most popular action figures, those of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. The Robot Chicken is rebuilt as Darth Vader; Admiral Ackbar gets his own breakfast cereal; Jar Jar Binks continues to be the most annoying ‘Star Wars’ character ever; and George W. Bush is a Jedi…not! It’s the most ‘Star Wars’ sketches and parodies you’ll ever see squeezed into 22 minutes.
Thumb Wars – Before ‘Star Wars’ fans were using YouTube to create their own low-budget ‘Star Wars’ parodies, there was ‘Thumb Wars’, a combination of the exciting “hand-held” game that doesn’t require batteries, equipment, or a whole lot of skill (just really strong thumbs) and the ‘Star Wars’ movies. Thumbs are dressed up as ‘Star Wars’ characters, and the battle is not so much about good vs. evil as it is about the need for sequels and merchandising. It’s amazing something like this existed pre-YouTube.
Spaceballs – This is probably the best ‘Star Wars’ parody ever; you can’t beat Rick Moranis as the inept Lord Dark Helmet or John Candy as Barf the giant mawg (half-man, half-dog). Jabba is transformed into grotesque Pizza the Hutt, and the film is full of merchandising jokes and references to other sci-fi movies, including ‘Planet of the Apes’ and a very hilarious ‘Alien’ spoof. Many ‘Star War’ fans would argue that this is one of the worst spoofs of the film, but it has become a cult classic and it is funny, whether you’re a ‘Star Wars’ fanatic or not.
For more fun ‘Star Wars’ fan parodies and spoofs, like ‘Troops’, a ‘Cops’ parody using storm troopers, the ‘Star Wars’ Gangsta Rap, or ‘Star Wars: The Empire Brokeback’, check out YouTube; and Happy ‘Star Wars’ Day; May the Fourth be with you! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the force to use that clever line again.)