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Fluke Starbucker, Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster, Ham Salad, and Augie "Ben" Doggie.
Fluke Starbucker, Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster, Ham Salad, and Augie "Ben" Doggie.

Hardware Wars (1977) is a short film spoof of the classic science fiction film Star Wars. The thirteen-minute film, which premiered in theatres only seven months after Star Wars, consisted of little more than inside jokes and visual puns that heavily depended upon audience familiarity with the original. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Hardware_Wars. ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Hardware_Wars. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... A spoof is a humorous take on an established idea, cultural movement, television program, movie, play, or book. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological...

Hardware Wars was written and directed by San Francisco native Ernie Fosselius. It was structured as a mock-movie trailer, and Fosselius even secured a voice-over from Paul Frees, the same voice talent who had narrated the original Star Wars teaser trailer. Deliberately low-budget effects and props were used, most notably ordinary household appliances such as toasters and irons as spaceships (hence the title), and an exploding basketball in place of a planet. The characters, played by actors who were just as low-budget as the props, were also parodied in name and appearance; for example, Chewbacca the wookiee was replaced by "Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster," an obvious Cookie Monster puppet with a brown dye-job, and Darth Vader's counterpart, "Darph Nader," wore a welding helmet that distorted his voice so much that no one could understand anything he said. Other notable characters include "Fluke Starbucker," "Ham Salad," "Augie Ben Doggie," "Princess Ann Droid," and the drones, "4Q2" (say it fast) and "Arty Deco" (a antique canister vacuum cleaner). This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Theatrical trailers are 2-3 minute advertisements for movies that play in cinemas before another movie. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Chewbacca (or Chewie) (c. ... Jump to: navigation, search A Wookiee is a member of a fictional race of hairy bipeds in the Star Wars universe. ... Cookie Monster (right) and his mother in a season 33 Letter of the Day segment, 2003. ... Jump to: navigation, search Darth Vader (41 BBY–4 ABY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars films. ...

Hardware Wars won the award for Most Popular Short Film at the Chicago Film Festival. It is considered to be the most profitable short film of all time, grossing $500,000 as compared to its paltry $8,000 budget (a much better profit ratio than Star Wars itself had). George Lucas said in a 1999 interview that Hardware Wars was his favorite Star Wars parody. George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ...

To spoof the "Special Edition" re-release of Star Wars in 1997, which included additional scenes and more advanced digital special effects, Hardware Wars was re-released as a twenty-minute "Special Edition," with new digital "special defects." Jump to: navigation, search The following are partial lists of changes in Star Wars re-releases. ...

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