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Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-24, 11:43 AM
I hope this is the right place for this. If not, I'll live....

Anyway, the "Family Guy" spoof of "Star Wars" last night was genuis, and had many moments I know even the BA would love.

When Peter (as Solo) mentions making the Kessel run in 12 parsecs, Chris (as Luke) makes the same comment that the BA did in his book; that a parsec is a mearse of length, not time. Couldn't you just eat that up?

The best gag was after they go to hyperspace, they show the title to the Tom Baker "Doctor Who". Gold!

This is one I hope the BA had time to see. If not, let's hope a rerun is not far behind. Or at least a DVD offer.

That is all.

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-24, 12:39 PM
I really liked when Chris (Seth Green) is bantering with Peter (Seth McFarland) about the show Robot Chicken (Seth Green's show) alreading doing the spoof. Funny stuff, especially if you've seen the Robot Chicken before

Pete

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-24, 01:33 PM
I was LOL. Somthing that I normally don't do with that show. It usually gets quite a few smirks out of me, so I do enjoy it.

The bit about the missing railing, and other obvious flaw references.
Han mentioning that he's the only one whose career was not ruined by the movie.
All the "guest" references... Leslie Nielson, the Griswalds, etc.

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-24, 04:20 PM
As per guests...stupid global TV thought it was more important to advertise and upcoming show for the 30th time rather than have the credits at some readable size. I actually wanted to read the credits on this one..

Pete

tdvance
2007-Sep-24, 05:49 PM
...and Leia is getting lllllllaaaarrrrrgeeeeerr!

Vader : You mean, if they fire into that hole, the Death Star will just blow up? Can we patch it?

Some green General guy: By tomorrow if money's no object!

Vader: uhhhh....

Some green General guy: ok, I'll get estimates.

Yeah, the green general guys all look alike to me, I could never keep them straight. Kind of like the Storm Troopers.

and of course, blue light sabers make good bug zappers.

ABR.
2007-Sep-24, 06:27 PM
Having sat through many federal safety training workshops, I particularly enjoyed the discussion in the main weapon chamber about the lack of a railing.

I also enjoyed the Muzak version of the Imperial March playing in the Death Star elevator.

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-24, 06:36 PM
Red 6: ready
Red 2: ready
Red Buttons: ready
Redd Foxx: ready
Red October: ready

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-24, 08:54 PM
You forgot the Sean Connery accents, though..heh

novaderrik
2007-Sep-24, 10:27 PM
did anyone else pick up on the way Darth Vader (Stewie) and Obi Wan (old guy pervert that's always trying to seduce Chris) interacted when they had their confrontation?
it kind of made a lot of things make sense to me- the way Anakin was so introverted and angry, and why he hated Obi Wan so much as he grew older..
and i loved how Han just had to keep that nice couch that they found in the garbage compactor..
and who shot first- Greedo or Han? i kind of blinked at that moment..

Van Rijn
2007-Sep-24, 10:45 PM
Red 6: ready
Red 2: ready
Red Buttons: ready
Redd Foxx: ready
Red October: ready

You forgot -

Helen Reddy: Ready

She was in the credits, by the way. Rush Limbaugh also did a bit for "WTAT Tatooine's all-talk radio."

I didn't find this often to be laugh out loud funny, but there were some some great bits. I liked the muzak, and how they matched Family Guy characters to Star Wars characters (Meg only showed up in one Star Wars scene - poor Meg). I liked the scene before the Millennium Falcon goes into hyperspace where "Han" is mentioning he has some tricks. This turns out to be moving slightly to the left . . . .

It was surprising just how closely they matched the FX and story to the real movie. Given the way they were going, I was wondering if they were going to fit it into an hour. There were some things that went on too long, like the bit with the couch (but it's also common for Family Guy to do the "too long" scenes).

CyberCecil
2007-Sep-24, 10:49 PM
did anyone else pick up on the way Darth Vader (Stewie) and Obi Wan (old guy pervert that's always trying to seduce Chris) interacted when they had their confrontation?
it kind of made a lot of things make sense to me- the way Anakin was so introverted and angry, and why he hated Obi Wan so much as he grew older..
and i loved how Han just had to keep that nice couch that they found in the garbage compactor..
and who shot first- Greedo or Han? i kind of blinked at that moment..

Han shot first. Greedo wouldn't shut up so Han (Peter) just blasts him in the chest. :lol:

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-24, 11:49 PM
I made a story where an astronomer complains about the Kessel Run and the tour guide goes "It's fantasy, mythology, buddy- not science fiction." And then the guy goes "Yes, well that's why I've always perfered Star Trek."

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-25, 12:16 AM
Sounds like a good story.

I wonder how long it took George Lucas to approve the use of "Star Wars" for this?

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-25, 12:18 AM
I really liked when Chris (Seth Green) is bantering with Peter (Seth McFarland) about the show Robot Chicken (Seth Green's show) alreading doing the spoof. Funny stuff, especially if you've seen the Robot Chicken before

Pete

If it wasn't for the showing on BAUT, I may have never seen it!

I didn't realize that the actor for Chris was the creator of Robot Chicken! That makes it even better. :D

novaderrik
2007-Sep-25, 02:24 AM
Sounds like a good story.

I wonder how long it took George Lucas to approve the use of "Star Wars" for this?
i don't think Lucas had any problem with it- he did, after all, let Robot chicken do their special- and i think the Family Guy people got to do it because of having Seth Green on the cast. and being a part of the Fox empire probably didn't hurt, either.
George Lucas has never been one to pass up some cheap publicity- especially with this being the 30th anniversary and all...

and about the animation matching the original movie so much- everything from the way the ships flew to the way Luke leaned against the rock at his home watching the dual Tattoine sunset- i think they just used the original footage and just "drew" over it. i was watching the closing credits to see if it was all done at ILM, but it was too small and moving too fast to read..
for some reason, my favorite scene was when Han and Luke were manning the guns on the Falcon with the TIE fighters swarming in, and R2D2 (the black guy on Family Guy) holds a gun out the side and shoots it "gangsta" style and takes one of them out. i just love random thngs like that where they play off stereotypes.
either that or the "plus sized" X wing pilot that got shot down by Vader...

ABR.
2007-Sep-25, 03:34 AM
Actually, weren't those THAI fighters following them from Tatooine?

novaderrik
2007-Sep-25, 04:56 AM
oh, yeah, they were Thai fighters. forgot about that.
i wonder if they did the whole movie- scene for scene, beginning to end- to be released on DVD? i know i'd buy it.

jja
2007-Sep-25, 05:59 AM
For the record, the whole episode is already on Youtube. Just use the obvious search terms...

Maksutov
2007-Sep-25, 09:24 AM
As per guests...stupid global TV thought it was more important to advertise and upcoming show for the 30th time rather than have the credits at some readable size. I actually wanted to read the credits on this one..

PeteHere you go re the voices:

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/5508/credits1qa6.th.jpg (http://img217.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits1qa6.jpg)

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/4156/credits2yd2.th.jpg (http://img166.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits2yd2.jpg)

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/9173/credits3hp0.th.jpg (http://img297.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits3hp0.jpg)

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/157/credits4vo5.th.jpg (http://img166.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits4vo5.jpg)

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/5007/credits5di3.th.jpg (http://img297.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits5di3.jpg)

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/1516/credits6qu0.th.jpg (http://img257.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits6qu0.jpg)

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1590/credits7fb7.th.jpg (http://img231.imageshack.us/my.php?image=credits7fb7.jpg)

In addition to the inimitable vocal skills of Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.

I didn't see anything about ILM in the closing credits, but I did notice that three persons were playing checkers.

Definitely one of the funniest shows I've seen in quite a while. I really enjoy well-informed humor, a la Lenny Bruce.

Can't wait for The Chicken Strikes Back.

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/6097/chickenstrikesbackkf0.png


PS: The Bush/Cheney bumper sticker was all right, and let me know immediately things were going to be OK. The connotation was that "We Brake For Nobody". Nice tribute, you should be so lucky, Mel!

Maksutov
2007-Sep-25, 09:54 AM
BTW, they even got the theme for "The People's Court" right, as shown on the keyboard:

E-G-A-A.

(Where did I store that music notation software?)

The Elfman dig was priceless.

Maksutov
2007-Sep-25, 10:44 AM
Meanwhile one wonders how many millions of younger viewers didn't get the Cab Calloway "Minnie the Moocher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B000002V7T001002/ref=mu_sam_wma_001_002/104-1014959-5874344)" scene?

I guess you just have to appreciate that old "Reefer Man (http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B00005O13O003004/ref=mu_sam_wma_003_004/104-1014959-5874344)"!

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/figuren/c030.gif

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-25, 12:27 PM
Maks, your link gave me nothing but popups so I didn't continue, maybe I'll try at home

Pete

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-25, 12:38 PM
Maks, your link gave me nothing but popups so I didn't continue, maybe I'll try at home

Pete

Here's the wiki write-up on Minnie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_the_Moocher).
I didn't know it had such a robust history.

And here's the Betty Boop Talkartoon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaZOXF83zBg) of it on youTube. MM starts building at around 4:00, the ghost does the walk around 5:15 more as a dance than a "sneak away".

Maksutov
2007-Sep-25, 01:15 PM
Maks, your link gave me nothing but popups so I didn't continue, maybe I'll try at home

PeteTry temporarily allowing scripts for those URLs. That might work.

Be sure to make it temporary, otherwise you might find someone mooching off you.

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/figuren/a080.gif

Kesh
2007-Sep-25, 03:09 PM
I didn't realize that the actor for Chris was the creator of Robot Chicken! That makes it even better. :D

He's also Scott Evil from Austin Powers and Oz from Buffy: the Vampire Slayer.

Seth Green (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001293/)

phunk
2007-Sep-25, 03:58 PM
Meanwhile one wonders how many millions of younger viewers didn't get the Cab Calloway "Minnie the Moocher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B000002V7T001002/ref=mu_sam_wma_001_002/104-1014959-5874344)" scene?

I guess you just have to appreciate that old "Reefer Man (http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B00005O13O003004/ref=mu_sam_wma_003_004/104-1014959-5874344)"!

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/figuren/c030.gif

Reminded me of the scene from the blues brothers.

About 2:25 into this clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIt4rmv_ZYM

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-25, 04:01 PM
Neo, you might want to change the quote in your last post, I think you wanted to quote Maks, not me :)

(It took me a while to figure out why your post wasn't making sense to me!)

Pete

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-25, 04:42 PM
Neo, you might want to change the quote in your last post, I think you wanted to quote Maks, not me :)

(It took me a while to figure out why your post wasn't making sense to me!)

Pete
hmm, it made sense to me at the time... now that you point it out, it doesn't. :think:

I was thinking that I was providing an alternative to the links because of the issue you had.

Gemini
2007-Sep-25, 08:35 PM
i don't think Lucas had any problem with it- he did, after all, let Robot chicken do their special- and i think the Family Guy people got to do it because of having Seth Green on the cast. and being a part of the Fox empire probably didn't hurt, either.
George Lucas has never been one to pass up some cheap publicity- especially with this being the 30th anniversary and all...

George Lucas IIRC was actually did the voice of his character on the Robot Chicken special.

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-27, 02:05 AM
Should've figured; YouTube has already taken down many posts of the Star Wars parody, if not all.

I do hope this gets it's own DVD.

peter eldergill
2007-Sep-27, 12:17 PM
I'm sure if you went to your local Chinatown....

I've always found it hilarious when local news stations do an "undercover" story about illegal DVD's in Chinatown. It would really be news if you couldn't find illegal DVD's in Chinatown!

Pete

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-27, 09:42 PM
You can always get pirate DVDs, but all the actors say is "arrgh". ;-)

Demigrog
2007-Sep-28, 06:42 PM
You can always get pirate DVDs, but all the actors say is "arrgh". ;-)

At least until someone asks about "Loom".

Grand_Lunar
2007-Sep-30, 01:32 AM
At least until someone asks about "Loom".

Huh? I don't get it.

Demigrog
2007-Sep-30, 04:36 AM
Huh? I don't get it.

Very obscure Secret of Monkey Island reference.

Tobin Dax
2007-Oct-01, 04:15 AM
Meanwhile one wonders how many millions of younger viewers didn't get the Cab Calloway "Minnie the Moocher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-pop-up/B000002V7T001002/ref=mu_sam_wma_001_002/104-1014959-5874344)" scene?

I caught that it was "Minnie," thanks to the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's cover. (Great song.) I haven't seen Blues Brothers enough to have recognized the scene at first, but after looking at Youtube, it's definitely an homage to the movie.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-01, 09:03 PM
I was at a hotel near Kennedy airport and they had this tape on a loop going "Hey, my name is Marty the Moocher..." Is this realted? I didn't get it at all.

Maksutov
2007-Oct-03, 01:50 AM
According to [adult swim], everyone (adults, that is) will get a second chance on October 14th.

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/1462/fgswsblueharvestkx8.th.jpg (http://img221.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fgswsblueharvestkx8.jpg)

preceded by the Robot Chicken version

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/954/rcswsys2.th.jpg (http://img232.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rcswsys2.jpg)

Tobin Dax
2007-Oct-03, 04:14 AM
I was at a hotel near Kennedy airport and they had this tape on a loop going "Hey, my name is Marty the Moocher..." Is this realted? I didn't get it at all.
That's really not enough information to go on, but it might be an homage to the song.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-03, 09:26 PM
It was something like "Hey, my name is Marty the Moocher, shut up you stupid strikers... I know you're being too loud, I bought this decibel reader at Radio Shack for $x.xx... please, come to my hotel, I treat my workers great, even when they are striking."

Fazor
2007-Oct-05, 07:11 PM
Well, we (me and my g/f) started watching this the day after it aired (I love tivo). But about 10 minutes in I could tell she was bored to tears. She's never seen starwars, and doesn't like it (i know how can you not like something you've never seen? ask her not me). So I turned it off, and decided to watch it when she wasn't around.

A few nights later she was at work, so I resumed watching the episode. But 5 more minuets in, she called because it's just absolutely necessary for her to be on the phone the second she's off work. So I missed most of it anyway. I deleted it off the tivo since I had semi-watched the whole thing.

She's bound and determined to make sure that I never again enjoy anything that's even slightly related to star wars. Bah!

Tobin Dax
2007-Oct-06, 04:35 AM
She's bound and determined to make sure that I never again enjoy anything that's even slightly related to star wars. Bah!
Well, there are other sci-fi franchises that may be better worth your time. :):whistle:

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-06, 01:16 PM
Well, there are other sci-fi franchises that may be better worth your time.
That's the craziest non-CT thing that I've ever heard on this board! ;-) Besides, Star Wars is mythology, not SF.

The Bad Astronomer
2007-Oct-06, 09:04 PM
I think Meg's cameo in the trash scene was the funniest bit in the whole show.

CyberCecil
2007-Oct-07, 02:01 PM
I think Meg's cameo in the trash scene was the funniest bit in the whole show.

I agree, but the limp lightsaber was a close second.

The Bad Astronomer
2007-Oct-07, 11:00 PM
In fact, I was waiting the whole show for the lightsaber gag-- Family Guy is predictable in many ways -- which is why I liked the Meg one better. Literally, about two minutes before, I was thinking, "Where's Meg?".

novaderrik
2007-Oct-08, 03:45 AM
i liked the unstated Obi Wan/Vader thing the best.
i don't know if it was intentional or not, but having the old pervert that likes young boys as Obi Wan and Stewie as Vader was pure genius. kind of added a bit of depth to their relationship.

Serenitude
2007-Oct-08, 08:58 AM
A parsec is a measurement of length in Star Wars also, you nubs :p

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Wars_planets_%28K-L%29#Kessel

He who can plot the shortest course wins ;) In Star Wars, no FTL trip can be made in a straight line - as Han mentions in Ep. 4, you'd fly through a black hole or a sun. But his ship is so fast and powerful that he was able to more closely skirt the edges of the black holes than anyone else had, before or after, and hence had the fastest flight time through the Run due to having to plot the shortest course through - only 12 parsecs ;)

Tobin Dax
2007-Oct-08, 08:55 PM
A parsec is a measurement of length in Star Wars also, you nubs :p

Nub? I'm 6', 300 lbs. I'm hardly a nub.

peter eldergill
2007-Oct-09, 01:21 AM
Nub? I'm 6', 300 lbs. I'm hardly a nub.

You mean that neither of those pictures is your avatar is you? :surprised

Tobin Dax
2007-Oct-09, 02:39 AM
You mean that neither of those pictures is your avatar is you? :surprised

Well, one of them could have been mistaken for me about a year ago. The other one isn't me, but she's welcome to be as near me as she wants.

Matherly
2007-Oct-17, 09:33 PM
A parsec is a measurement of length in Star Wars also, you nubs :p

Does the term Fanwank (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Fanwank) mean anything to you ( :p )

Van Rijn
2007-Oct-17, 09:51 PM
The first time I heard the "parsec" line in the theater, I had a good laugh at the joke - then stopped quickly as other people turned to look at me, obviously not having any idea what "parsec" meant.

So, how fast are ships supposed to be able to go in Star Wars? I remember one scene where there was a gathering of rebel ships sitting well outside their galaxy, with Luke getting his hand replaced. That suggests that they could travel tens of thousands of parsecs in hours or days.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-18, 01:25 AM
The first time I heard the "parsec" line in the theater, I had a good laugh at the joke - then stopped quickly as other people turned to look at me, obviously not having any idea what "parsec" meant.
Obi-Wan cringed when he said this, and according to the novelization, he recognized that it was just idle bragging.

tdvance
2007-Oct-18, 02:05 AM
I can't remember--did the novelization come out before or after the movie? In the latter case, it could have been a case of responding to all the letters (assuming George Lucas really was the one to write it--if a SF writer ghost-writ for him, he might have "corrected" things for Lucas). The story about "12 parsecs around the black holes" was no doubt invented after the fact, again in response to all the letters.

hey, I can go 10 parsecs in just 5 parsecs!!! It took light years to learn to do that, though.

Noclevername
2007-Oct-18, 02:10 AM
hey, I can go 10 parsecs in just 5 parsecs!!! It took light years to learn to do that, though.

That'll make your Kessel Run! :)

NEOWatcher
2007-Oct-18, 01:36 PM
That'll make your Kessel Run! :)
I hate runny kessel. Make mine over easy.

peter eldergill
2007-Oct-18, 06:51 PM
No..no...no...good gods..no more puns!!

Pete

Krel
2007-Oct-18, 11:52 PM
No..no...no...good gods..no more puns!!

Pete


Okay folks, lets ease-up on Pete. It's obvious that he can't take the pun-ishment. :whistle:

David.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-19, 01:14 AM
I can't remember--did the novelization come out before or after the movie? In the latter case, it could have been a case of responding to all the letters (assuming George Lucas really was the one to write it--if a SF writer ghost-writ for him, he might have "corrected" things for Lucas). The story about "12 parsecs around the black holes" was no doubt invented after the fact, again in response to all the letters.
If this comment (nicksagan.blogs.com/nick_sagan_online/2006/12/dad.html)prompted a letter, it would explain a lot. (Scroll down to "He had mixed feelings about the movie Aliens".)

Noclevername
2007-Oct-25, 11:40 PM
"He had mixed feelings about the movie Aliens".)

Nitpicking again. I don't even need to say it, do I? :whistle:

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-28, 12:11 AM
Nitpicking again. I don't even need to say it, do I?
What did I do wrong?

Noclevername
2007-Oct-28, 03:44 AM
What did I do wrong?
:shifty:
Go back and read the linked page you gave. What's it say?

(Sorry, I'm a nitpicker! It's what I do!) ;)

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-28, 12:59 PM
Rats! I thought I remembered the heading, but I didn't!

Grand_Lunar
2008-Jan-22, 12:08 PM
...and about the animation matching the original movie so much- everything from the way the ships flew to the way Luke leaned against the rock at his home watching the dual Tattoine sunset- i think they just used the original footage and just "drew" over it.



First, I apologize for reviving this long dead thread.

My dreams came true not long ago, as I now have this DVD.

According to McFarlene himself on the commentary, they did not rotoscope (the term for what you describe, Novaderrik) this episode.

The animators were just such big fans, having seen "Star Wars" many times, that they took a lot of time to create the scenes as we see them.
Talk about a labor of love.