Saturday, August 23, 2008

Darth Binks


Way back when, just after the release of The Phantom Menace, I made a stop-motion animated film called Darth Binks that explored what would happen if Jar Jar responded to all the resentment of him by turning to the dark side of The Force and becoming a Sith Lord. It is made with Lego minifigures and with audio clips found online. Enjoy.

You get bonus points if you can spot IG-88 in the background.

Director's commentary: It was originally going to be much more grandiose with Obi-Wan Kenobi in a lightsaber duel with a spaceship piloted by Binks, but do you have any idea how long stop-motion animation takes?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Star Wars Song of the Week: "The Palestinians Are Note the Same Thing as the Rebel Alliance, Jackass" by Atom & His Package


This week's Star Wars song is "The Palestinians Are Not the Same Thing as the Rebel Alliance, Jackass" by Atom and His Package.

Hear a sample at the Amazon link: Attention! Blah, Blah Blah by Atom & His Package

Here is how Atom described the song in the liner notes:

Explanation: It's disturbing how many people I've come into contact with who have blindly embraced the Palestinian side of the current (Sadly, I assume it will be current, even when this record comes out months down the road from when I write this.) Middle East conflict. Certainly, there are also tons of folks who blindly support the Israeli side of the issue. Those who blindly support the Israelis are are also disturbing, but these are not the folks who I come in contact with regularly at shows, etc., hence the title of the song. While I certainly have feelings on the issue, the situation is too complicated to go into here (especially while rhyming & singing. Holy #$%@!). The song is about certain people and
their willingness to latch onto a side of an issue without comprehending the
issue (NOT about those who do not agree with me who DO understand the issue). But suffice it to be said that it's frightening and trivializing when people simplify complex issues as if they're Star Wars-esque, and pick a side (either side) to root for as as if it were a football game. And yes, that is my dog, Books barking during the
youth crew shouts at the end.

Times Online: Return of the Jedi has Worst Ending Ever #17

From the Times Online:
It’s not the sickly ending, where Leia and Luke Skywalker find out they are siblings. It’s not the unlikely rehabilitation of Darth Vader, or even the way that George Lucas keeps digitally embellishing it with every rerelease. No, it’s those bloody dancing teddy bears. We fought an intergalactic war for this?

As a bonus, they have a link to their original 1983 review of ROTJ.

George Lucas in UK Articles


There are two good new George Lucas articles in the London Times and the Scotsman. The Times has as a special bonus a Star Wars review from 1977.