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The wait is over, internet. Someone has finally used the teaser for The Force Awakens to create a mashup of Star Wars and Mel Brook’s hilarious Star Wars parody, Spaceballs. Take a peek at the mashup awesomeness below.
Who knew the internet could get such impressive mileage out of an 88-second clip? Since the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on Black Friday, the internet has been filled with a veritable feast of fan-made takes on the teaser. There is a version of the teaser with an all-lego cast, there is a version of the trailer that pokes fun at George Lucas and his infamous "remastered" editions of the original Star Wars Trilogy, and TONS of internet memes and chatter based on the lightsaber broadsword.
However, this Spaceballs/Star Wars mashup, appropriately titled Spaceballs: The Schwartz Awakens, is basically the one mashup I didn’t realize I needed, but now I see it is everything I’ve waited for. If I’m honest, I’m a little surprised that it has taken so long for a mashup of the Star Wars and its parody universe in Spaceballs. The mashup, created by the Youtube channel Film Geekery does a pretty amazing job syncing the audio for the Force Awakens trailer to various clips from the film Spaceballs. There are points where the audio and the Spaceballs clips sync together almost perfectly--for instance, the opening shot of the Spaceballs "combing the desert", or the long shot of the Winnebago spaceship, the Eagle 5, screaming across the sky was just great--and some moments aren’t so perfect, but it doesn’t dampen the awesomenesss here.
The amount of time we’ve spent discussing this brief clip, and the amount of fan-made art, blogs, and videos that have sprung from the clip is nothing short of amazing--especially given the fact that we actually still have no idea what the plot of The Force Awakens will actually be. More than that, with the exception of characters like Han, Luke, and Leia, we don’t even know character names. I can’t even imagine what will happen once we get a full-length trailer.
We’ve still got a while to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually hits theaters, so there is plenty of time for more fan-made mashups and parodies to hit the internet--and I’m sure this is only the beginning of what is to come. Personally, I’m hoping for a Bad Lip Reading of a trailer once one with spoken dialogue -- not just voiceover -- is released.
The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18, 2015. Hopefully the Star Wars fandom will be able to pace themselves in the creation of Star Wars parodies and mashups until that time.