The iconic 60s rock album meets the iconic 70s movie, in the mash-up you never knew you needed.
The album, titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, comes from Palette-Swap Ninja, which is a collaboration between keyboard player and digital drummer Jude Kelley and singer/guitarist Dan Amrich. They describe it as a “geek-culture parody project”.
They’re releasing it just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, on 25 May 2017, and the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on 1 June 2017.
The first trailer for Passengers, the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt Lost in Space movie, was released this morning. There’s usually a big-name, big budget SciFi film during the holiday season, like Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014), The Martian (2015), and those Star Wars thingies, but this year we seem to have two of them: Passengers and The Arrival.
This is really clever! It’s a fan-made, shot-for-shot remake of Lucasfilm’s The Empire Strikes Back,
Lucasfilm’s Casey Pugh divided The Empire Strikes Back into 470 15-second segments, and invited fans to remake any of the segments in any format they chose. He wound up w/more that 1,500 submissions, which he then pieced together, recreating (literally re-creating) the original film. The result is hilarious.
The fans took him at his word. Some segments are live action, some are animated. In the course of a single scene, Princess Leia can change from a line drawing to a 6-year-old girl to a Lego character to a rather large, bearded gentleman to a puppet.
The resulting film is probably best watched in short, random segments.
Like the original film. The Empire Strikes Back Uncutis a sequel. Five years ago, Pugh and Lucasfilm did the same thing w/Star Wars. The resulting Star Wars Uncut won a special Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. You can watch it here.