Great Star Wars Parodies and Spoofs

Film, Humor

Everybody with an ounce of nerd in them loves Star Wars (the original trilogy, not that turd Lucas dropped with the Prequels).  They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery (or copyright infringement), so with a recent run of Star Wars movies on TV I go to thinking about some of the best Star Wars parodies and spoofs.

Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle

Thumb Wars

A 1999 parody of Star Wars featuring, you guessed it, thumbs.  One in a string of thumb related parodies of popular movies, Thumb Wars was a bit more kid-friendly than other Star Wars parodies and was even featured on Cartoon Network to promote The Clone Wars animated series premiering the next day.

Hardware Wars

Hardware Wars

A 1977 parody of the A New Hope, this short film featured Fluke Starbucker, Chewchilla, Darph Nader, Ham Salad, Augie Ben Doggie, and other parodies of familiar Star Wars characters.  George Lucas has stated that this was his favorite Star Wars parody, and it was even honored by LucasFilms in 2003 with the Pioneer Award.

Troops

Troops

The inaugural winner of the Pioneer Award from LucasFilm, Troops is a spoof melding elements of Star Wars and COPS into one.  A mockumentary following Storm Troopers from the Black Sheep Squadron as they patrol Dune Sea on Tatooine, Troops is credited with launching the fan film craze.

Robot Chicken:  Star Wars

Robot Chicken



While Robot Chicken had done numerous Star Wars parodies through the years, in 2007 Seth Green directed an episode dedicated to parodying Star Wars.  Featuring the voices of Seth MacFarlane, George Lucas, Hulk Hogan, Conan O’Brien, James Van Der Beek, Mark Hammill, and Joey Fatone, it won the Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Television Production and was nominated for an Emmy (losing to the Simpsons).

Family Guy:  Blue Harvest/Something, Something, Something Dark Side

Family Guy Blue Harvest

With the third one set to premier at the end of this year, Family Guy has arguably set the bar in recent years for Star Wars parodies.  With Chris as Luke, Brian as Chewbacca, Peter as Han Solo, Lois as Leia, Stewie as Darth Vader (a perfect casting), and Meg as whatever character is the most mocking, these animated features have drawn praise and raised a rivalry between Robot Chicken and Family Guy, as Seth Green is a cast member on both.  The episodes do an excellent job of blending the true Star Wars story while making commentary on plot holes and adding the Family Guy brand of humor, most notably through musical numbers.

SpaceBalls

Spaceballs

It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that this would be on here.  First of all – Mel Brooks.  How can you go wrong with Mel Brooks?  And Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet, perhaps the greatest parody of Darth Vader ever?  Bill Pullman as Lone Starr was a great combination of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, and the original story had just enough elements of Star Wars to make sure everybody knew who they were making fun of, while still going their own way.  More than 20 years after being released, it stands as perhaps the greatest Star Wars parody of all time.

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