post Star Wars Dance Off

June 24th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars Humor — admin @ 7:59 pm

This has nothing to do with upcoming Star Wars TV shows or movie but I couldn’t resist.

post Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest on DVD

January 16th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars Humor,Star Wars on Tv — admin @ 10:16 pm

Family Guy Blue Harvest

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest was released on DVD on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The DVD bonus features include four minutes of previously unseen footage, an uncensored audio track and an interview with George Lucas.

View clips of Family Guy Blue Harvest

Here is more on the DVD’s Special Features:

The extras really push this disc over the edge though; they’ve put together a great batch of extras that make this one episode disc still worth a purchase. First up is a commentary track with Seth MacFarlane and a handful of writers, directors, and producers. There’s at least ten people on this track, and everyone’s got good things to say. Stories about production are told, tidbits about the animation, and the crew’s huge affection for Star Wars is made extremely evident. Definitely worth a listen.

Next is a conversation between Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas. This runs about 12 minutes, and is exactly what it sound like; Seth and George discussing the episode, Star Wars, and their careers. MacFarlane asks lots of silly, and sometimes serious questions. Surprisingly, Lucas is on board with all this, and matches MacFarlane’s humor with some of his own every time. There’s lots of good stuff here, the best of which being MacFarlane humming pieces of Star Wars music and asking Lucas where it appears in the trilogy.

The second featurette on the disc is a 20-minute making of that includes animatics, storyboards and interviews from everyone involved. It doesn’t really delve into the making of the special all that much, but you do find out some cool information about the episode. Much of this information is explained in better detail on the commentary track, but this is still a good little feature.

However, one of the most interesting bonuses is the Animatic version of the episode. An animatic, for those out of the loop, is a rough pencil version of the episode, much like a storyboard, with the audio track included. I usually dislike animatic versions of animated shows, but this is actually very special. Instead of just the regular audio track set to storyboards, the audio track on the animatic presents alternate dialogue, often with alternate versions of scenes, as well as some deleted sequences. This is most certainly a treat to see for fans of the episode, and definitely worth a watch.

Finally, we have the Family Guy Star Wars clip show, which goes from episode one to the most recent episodes with (almost) every Star Wars joke ever made in the series. It runs ten minutes; they’ve made a lot of Star Wars jokes. This is fun, but I was a bit disappointed; it leaves out some of the most blatent Star Wars jokes from the series, including the scene from the Season 4 episode “Blind Ambition” where Peter gets a medal in an obvious parody of the ending to Episode 4. While this clip show is incomplete, it’s still a fun bonus for fans of the show.

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post “Christmas In The Stars” – The Star Wars Christmas Album!

December 23rd, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars Humor — admin @ 10:05 pm

Star Wars Christmas Album

Wow, as if the Star Wars Holiday Special wasn’t bad enough – it was followed by the 1980 release of “Christmas In The Stars” – The Star Wars Christmas music album!

I could go on and on about who had the idea that C3PO and R2D2 singing Christmas music as a good idea – but instead I will just let you enjoy these classic songs for yourself.

  • Listen to the Album now!

    Pay attention or you might miss the guest singer on “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – yup that’s Jon Bon Jovi!

    Here is how ended up on the album according to the almighty Wikipedia:

    When he was 17, John was working sweeping floors at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s recording studio, The Power Station. In 1980, when Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album, Tony recommended John for the song “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” This became his first professional recording (credited as John Bongiovi).

  • Read the blog post from where I found the songs

  • Buy your own vinyl record version on eBay – bidding currently at $99!
  • post 10 Obscure Facts From “The Making of Star Wars”

    November 9th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars Humor — admin @ 11:10 pm

    The Making of Star Wars

    Here are 10 obscure things you can learn by reading “The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film”:

    1. Between the second and third drafts, Luke was changed to be a girl. (I knew he was to whiny to be a man!)

    2. The Jawa Sandcrawler set was searched by the Libyan army to make sure it wasn’t a Tunisian military operation. (I wonder if Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi is a Star Wars fan?)

    3. The R2-D2 robot wandered into the set of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth,” which was also filming in the Tunisian desert. (They should have worked the lovable asteroid-mech in as the mysterious 13th apostle!)

    4. Alec Guinness got mad and almost quit when, midway through production, George Lucas decided that Obi-Wan Kenobi would die. (Guinness was just tired of picking sand out of his ass – I mean the guy was a high-brow thespian for crying out loud!)

    5. Carrie Fisher stood on a turntable to film the R2-D2 hologram message. (Put the needle on the record, put the needle on the record and the Princess goes like this…)

    6. After playing the part of C3-P0 for the entire production, Anthony Daniels was almost replaced during voice-over recordings by someone who could make the character sound more like an American used-car salesman. (Sometimes I wish they had given Threepio a different voice, not sure car salesman is the way to go though to get less annoying.)

    7. The trench that the rebels fly through isn’t the one that runs around the equator of the Death Star. It’s one of 18 vertical trenches that start halfway up from the equator and run toward the north pole. (Lucas must have been smoking a lot of pot back in those days – too bad he quit before the prequels came out)

    8. The motion picture review board rated “Star Wars” a G, until the studio went back and demanded a PG rating. Also, some of the raters fell asleep during the screening. (How in the hell does someone fall asleep during their very first viewing of Star Wars – WTF? How were they not mesmerized when you consider some of the other movies the MPAA screened that year like Beaver Dam or Chaste and Pure or The Amazing Apes)

    9. Lucas and Steven Spielberg swapped profit points on their two movies, “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” each believing the other’s would do better. (I never realized Encounters came out the same year – or that Encounters did so poorly in the Box Office, as it was 30th most popular that year – guess what was #1)

    10. Twentieth Century Fox’s stock jumped 450% immediately after Star Wars came out. (They should have just given the keys of the studio to Lucas right then)

    post Simpson Intro as Star Wars

    November 9th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars Humor,Star Wars on Tv — admin @ 12:21 am

    post Family Guy To Do “Empire Strikes Back” Parody Episode

    November 7th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars Humor,Star Wars on Tv — admin @ 10:47 pm

    After scoring a hit with the Star Wars parody episode, Blue Harvest, this season, “Family Guy” cast has begun work on a similar parody of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

    Family Guy: Blue Harvest Poster

    Apparently actress Mila Kunis, who voices Meg, spilled the beans to IESB reporter Robert Sanchez at the party for the show’s 100th episode.

    Seth MacFarlane confirmed that the script for the episode has been completed and the cast has already done a table read for it.

    He also suggested that Boba Fett will be played by Peter Griffin’s nemesis, the Giant Chicken.

    There is no set air date, but it has been rumored that there will be a teaser trailer for the Empire parody on the “Family Guy: Blue Harvest” DVD expected to be released in January of 2008. So clearly the show won’t air until some months after.

    post Family Guy: Blue Harvest Episode (Promo Clip)

    November 7th, 2007

    Filed under: Star Wars Humor — admin @ 12:43 am

    Click here – If you want to see all the clips from this great Family Guy episode

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