There are few movie franchises that are as iconic as the Star Wars films. Though Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is currently getting a lot of attention after its record-breaking opening, it remains to be seen if the new film will be as revered as the original Star Wars movie trilogy, once things have settled down a bit.
Just because the Star Wars films have a loyal following doesn’t mean that they’re immune to parody, however; a number of comedies have riffed on them, including fan films, TV shows and big-screen parodies like Spaceballs. Now, the crew over at Bad Lip Reading has given the original trilogy the BLR treatment with the help of a few surprising guest stars.
The Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars was done in three parts, with a separate video for each film in the original trilogy. Characters without visible mouths are given lines that match up with their movements and the responses of other characters, while characters like Chewbacca who don’t have English lines in the films were creatively given the ability to talk despite the limited mouth movements of their costumes. The videos hit most of the key scenes in the films, though the situations are often changed due to the changes in dialogue.
Some of the voices in the videos are immediately recognizable, such as Jack Black providing the voice of Darth Vader. Others will sound familiar but might not be as easy to place, as is the case of Bill Hader doing multiple voices across the three videos (making him the only actor to be involved in both the BLR parodies and The Force Awakens itself). Credits are provided after each video if you can’t place one of the guest stars. Check out the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back videos above, and Return of the Jedi videos below:
While these are perhaps not quite as funny as the Game of Thrones send up “Medieval Land Fun-Time World”, they do hit all of the right notes to make them BLR classics. Scenes such as Han confessing to Leia that he’s not a Mexican potato, Luke wanting more bass with disastrous results and Chewbacca’s “standing spoons” will certainly be quoted in fan circles as the videos make the rounds. The Bad Lip Reading videos also give perhaps one of the oddest reasons for Han to shoot first.
On top of the absurd lines and joke setups, each video also contains a musical number. Both outtakes and extended versions of some of the songs are promised at a later date as well. It’s unknown whether there will be eventual BLR send-ups of the Star Wars prequel trilogy or The Force Awakens, though there’s a good chance that they might get the Bad Lip Reading treatment eventually.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.