Stars Wars Parodies Overview


Introduction

The Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on modern American pop culture, both the films and characters have received official parodies in numerous films and television productions.

Outline

Official animated parodies:

  • Robot Chicken has produced three television specials satirising the Star Wars films (“Robot Chicken: Star Wars”, “Episode II”, and “III”).
    • The success of the specials led to the development animated parody series Star Wars Detours.
  • Family Guy has also produced three tribute-spoofs Star Wars specials titled “Blue Harvest”, “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” and “It’s a Trap!”.
    • Family Guy season premiere episode called “Blue Harvest”, in dedication of the saga’s 30th anniversary.
    • A sequel to the episode as a parody to The Empire Strikes Back titled “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” aired in the eighth season and another parody, “It’s a Trap!”, aired in the ninth season.
  • Phineas and Ferb parody of Star Wars (“Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars”, also titled “Episode IVa: May the Ferb Be with You”) aired in mid-2014, soon after Disney’s acquisition of the franchise.
  • Rick and Morty parody of Star Wars (“Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri”) is the tenth and final episode of the fourth season, aired on 31 May 2020.

Unofficial film parodies:

  • Hardware Wars, a 13-minute 1978 spoof which Lucas has called his favourite Star Wars parody.
  • Spaceballs, a feature film by Mel Brooks which featured effects done by Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic.

Film references:

  • WarGames (1983), David Lightman hacks into the computer company called Protovision, A deep voice in a line says “Protovision, I have you now!”, A reference of Darth Vader’s line from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Kevin Smith’s films such as Clerks heavily reference the films, in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) decide to make a pornographic film called Star Whores to get them out of debt.

Star Wars Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): George Lucas.
  • Release Date: 1977 to Present.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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