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Spaceballs

Movie poster
Directed by Mel Brooks
Produced by Mel Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks
Thomas Meehan
Ronny Graham
Starring Bill Pullman
John Candy
Daphne Zuniga
Rick Moranis
Mel Brooks
Dick Van Patten
George Wyner
Joan Rivers
Music by John Morris
Cinematography Nick McLean
Editing by Conrad Buff
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date(s) June 24, 1987
Running time 96 min
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget US $22,700,000 (estimated)
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Spaceballs is a 1987 science fiction parody film of Star Wars co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks. It was released on June 24, 1987, and earned only modest returns, but has gone on to become a cult classic on video. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (503x755, 69 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Thomas Meehan is a Tony award-winning author. ... This article should belong in one or more categories, in addition to being in a stub category. ... William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Daphne Eurydice Zuniga (born October 28, 1962) is an American actress. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Dick Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... George Wyner (born Oct. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... John Morris (born October 18, 1926) is a film and television composer, best known for his work with filmmaker Mel Brooks. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... 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. ... A parody or spoof film is a comedy that satirizes other film genres or classic films. ... This article is about the series. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. ...


Its plot and characters contain numerous parodies of elements from the original Star Wars trilogy and Star Trek in particular, as well as other popular science fiction films. The script was written by Mel Brooks in only six months, and was approved by George Lucas, as he was a big fan of Brooks's previous films.[1] Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic was also involved in the special visual effects for the film. As of 2007, an animated sequel TV series is in preparation. Return of the Jedi is the third film of the original trilogy. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Industrial Light & Magic original logo, designed by Drew Struzan Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a motion picture visual effects company, founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ...

Contents

Plot

Planet Spaceball, led by President Skroob (Mel Brooks), has wasted all of its air and, desperate to find more, aims at the extortion of all the air from planet Druidia. They plan to kidnap the Druish Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga), who is about to marry the narcoleptic Prince Valium. Resenting this marriage, Vespa runs off from the altar with her Droid of Honor, Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers), and escapes into space, where she is attacked by the Spaceballs under the command of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... This article is about the chemical element and its most stable form, or dioxygen. ... Daphne Eurydice Zuniga (born October 28, 1962) is an American actress. ... Narcolepsy is a neurological condition characterized by severe fatigue, irresistible episodes of sleep and general sleep disorder. ... Diazepam (IPA: ), first marketed as Valium by Hoffmann-La Roche) is a benzodiazepine derivative drug. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ...


Vespa's father, King Roland (Dick Van Patten), hires Captain Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his mog (half-man, half dog) Barf (John Candy) who are desperate for money to pay back their debts to the Mafioso Pizza the Hutt (Dom DeLuise), to rescue his daughter. They manage to rescue her and escape the Spaceballs, but crash-land on a desert planet. There, they meet Yogurt (Mel Brooks), who introduces Lone Starr to The Schwartz. However, the Spaceballs trick Vespa and capture her again. Lone Starr and Barf rescue the Princess again, but not before the Spaceballs have succeeded in forcing King Roland to reveal the entry code to Druidia's atmosphere (1, 2, 3, 4, 5...the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage). Their spaceship Spaceball I transforms into Mega Maid with a vacuum cleaner, which starts to extract the air from Druidia. Lone Starr uses his Schwartz ring to reverse the procedure, from suck to blow, defeats Dark Helmet in a duel using lightsaber-like weapons emanating from their Schwartz rings, and causes Mega Maid to self-destruct. Dick Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Jabba the Hutt is a fictional character in George Lucas science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Dominick Dom DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer and chef. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... “May The Force Be With You” redirects here. ... Transformer or Transformers may refer to: Transformer, an electrical device Transformer (album), Lou Reeds 1972 rock album Transformers (myth) of Pacific Northwest native myth The fictional Transformers Universe: Transformers (toyline), a line of toys Transformers category in Wikipedia Transformers Universes Transformers series, television series Transformers (original cartoon) (Aired from... Finger rings worn by Mary Nevill, Baroness Dacre, 1559. ... This article is about the weapon in Star Wars. ...


Lone Starr returns the Princess to Druidia and, since his creditor Pizza the Hutt "ate himself to death" while locked in his car, leaves without taking the agreed payment, a million spacebucks, instead taking just 248 spacebucks for gas, food and tolls. Shortly afterwards, on finding out that he is a "certified Prince", he returns in time to interrupt the marriage and marry Vespa.


Cast

Actor Role
Mel Brooks President Skroob/Yogurt
John Candy Barfolemew (Barf)
Rick Moranis Lord Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman Captain Lone Starr
Daphne Zuniga Princess Vespa of Druidia
George Wyner Colonel Kernel Sandurz
Dick Van Patten King Roland, Ruler of Druidia
Michael Winslow Radar Technician
Joan Rivers Dot Matrix (voice)
Lorene Yarnell Dot Matrix
JM J. Bullock Prince Valium
Dom DeLuise Pizza the Hutt (voice)
John Hurt Kane (John Hurt's character from Alien)
Dey Young Waitress

Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... Daphne Eurydice Zuniga (born October 28, 1962) is an American actress. ... George Wyner (born Oct. ... Dick Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... Michael Winslow (born September 6, 1958 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor and comedian known as the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sound effects using only his voice. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... At the age of 18, Robert Shields (b. ... JM J. Bullock AKA Jim J. Bullock (born James Jackson Bullock on February 9, 1955 in Casper, Wyoming) is an American actor. ... Dominick Dom DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer and chef. ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ...

Box Office

The budget for Spaceballs was $22,700,000 (estimated). The film grossed $38,119,483 during its run in the United States, taking in $6,600,000 on its opening weekend.[2] USD redirects here. ...


Cultural Context

"What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?": Dark Helmet taunts Colonel Sandurz on the bridge of Spaceball One.

The plot is deliberately evocative of fairy tales, as are the scenes on the planet Druidia. Throughout the film, the Spaceballs characters regularly break the fourth wall, often to promote their merchandise, and they are aware that they are making a movie, and the events are not real life, for example, at one point the villains succeed in capturing the main characters' stunt doubles, while at another accidentally kill one of the filming crew during a fight scene. In fact, in one scene, they pull out the video version of Spaceballs being shown in real time, as it is being filmed and temporarily take a look at the scene they're in: "now". Image File history File links Spaceball1. ... Image File history File links Spaceball1. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... The fourth wall is the imaginary wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


The majority of the scenes and characters are parodies of Star Wars, although the film parodies other movies as well, most notably: This article is about the series. ...

The film also satirizes various aspects of 1980s culture, including video rental, fast food, Mr. Coffee, action figures, and merchandising. During a scene in which Dark Helmet and various other crewmates try to locate a copy of Spaceballs on video (which confuses Dark Helmet, as they are still making the movie at the time), Sandurz passes by video cassettes of several of Brooks's earlier movies (The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, and To Be or Not to Be) before he finds the video he is looking for. Scenes from Rocky can also be seen. Jaws is a 1975 thriller/horror film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchleys best-selling novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. ... Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction movie and television series, produced in 1978 by Glen Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. ... For the series of films, see Superman (film series). ... Captain Harris, Tackleberry, and Proctor in Sweden 1989 to promote Police Academy 6: City Under Siege. ... Michael Winslow (born September 6, 1958 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor and comedian known as the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sound effects using only his voice. ... This article is about the film. ... Lawrence of Arabia is an award-winning 1962 film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. ... The Wizard of Oz (film) redirects here. ... This article is about the 1968 film. ... This article is about the Sylvester Stallone character and films. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Scotty redirects here. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used by Vulcans to render other humanoids unconscious by pinching the base of their neck. ... 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At the end of the final battle, in the final minute of the self-destruct countdown, Spaceball One's computer reminds Dark Helmet that there is a self-destruct cancellation button. Rushing to the button, he, President Skroob and Colonel Sandurz find it out of order, to which Dark Helmet curses, "Fuck! Even in the future, nothing works!"


One of the features of Skroob's presidential office was beverage cans filled with air, branded "Perri-air". The pull-tab opening mechanism characteristic of post-1970s drinking cans. ... Country France/USA Source Vergeze Type sparkling pH 5. ...


Rick Moranis reportedly modeled Dark Helmet's "mask-down" voice not on that of James Earl Jones, the actor who provided Darth Vader's voice, but on that of Geoffrey Holder, a popular performer with similar voice intonations to Jones. James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of film and stage well known for his deep basso voice. ... Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die. ...


Parodies

Heroes

  • Captain Lone Starr combines traits from Star Wars' two male heroes, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. His name is derived from Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr series. He hails from the Ford Galaxy in reference to Harrison Ford (who played Han Solo), and also a play on the Ford Galaxie, a full size car made by the Ford Motor Company. Lone Starr is revealed as being a prince from an unknown kingdom at the end of the film. Exactly where in the Ford Galaxy he's from has to this day never been revealed. The only clue to his true identity was a pendant which later turned out to be 'a royal birth certificate', according to Yogurt; by film's end, the pendant is what allows him to marry Vespa. A further clue is hinted at, but never followed up in the film: Just before their fight, Dark Helmet "reveals" to Lone Starr that he is a former roommate to one of his cousins (your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate, which could also make him Lone Starr's ex-roommate, but Lone Starr does not seem to remember any such thing). Lone Starr's costume is intentionally misplaced, resembling Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones costume (he is seen wearing a fedora in his first scene, which is set aside and not seen for the remainder of the film) rather than that of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker.
  • His companion Barf (Barfolomew), a Mawg (half-man, half-dog), is a parody of the Wookiee Chewbacca (Chewie).
  • Their ship Eagle 5 is a modified Winnebago RV. Its shabby state resembles the Millennium Falcon. The name Eagle 5 also refers to both Luke Skywalker's call number (Red 5) and Han Solo's ship (Millennium Falcon) in Star Wars. Also the seal for the Eagle 5 is an altered parody of the Apollo 11 patch.
  • Yogurt, a parody of the Jedi master Yoda (named after the food yogurt), is a sage with deep knowledge of the mysterious power called The Schwartz (The Force). His bombastic entrance resembles that of the wizard in The Wizard of Oz. Like many characters played by Mel Brooks he embodies several Jewish stereotypes. Note Alan U. Schwartz is Mel Brooks' long time legal counsel.
  • He is assisted in his work, particularly merchandising, by the Dinks, a group of red-clad little people who resemble the Jawas from Star Wars while making sounds similar to the Seven Dwarfs (Lone Starr even asks "when did we end up in Disneyland?") and singing a version of the Colonel Bogey March and Bridge on the River Kwai.

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Druidians

  • Princess Vespa resembles Princess Leia in her noble heritage and her love/hate relationship with Lone Starr/Han Solo. Her name references the motor scooter Vespa. She is a Druish princess (a play on Jewish princess), a characterization of a spoiled young Jewish-American woman. She was spoiled by her father and is used to a life of luxury, which includes a Mercedes Benz spaceship. Her hooked nose was changed by rhinoplasty as a 16th birthday present. In one scene she appears to have a hairstyle similar to Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but it is revealed that she is actually wearing headphones.
  • Dot Matrix, Vespa's droid-of-honor, resembles C-3PO, whose placid nature is only broken by her dedication to keeping Vespa safe. Her name is a reference to the old dot matrix style printers.
  • Prince Valium, the last prince in the galaxy and Vespa's fiancé. He takes his name from the comic strip Prince Valiant but combines it with the sedative drug to reflect his narcolepsy. Dot also refers to him as "a pill".

Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... This article is about the Vespa line of scooters. ... Jewish-American Princess or JAP is a pejorative characterization of Jewish-American women. ... Mercedes-Benz Cars is a German brand of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks owned by Daimler AG, previously Daimler-Benz (1926–1998). ... Roman nose redirects here. ... For the album by Primus, see Rhinoplasty (album). ... 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... Napa, California: USA A new bride humorously observes the legal signing of her marriage license by her maid of honor. ... C-3PO (pronounced IPA: []., often shortened to Threepio) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy. ... A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer refers to a type of computer printer with a print head that runs back and forth on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a comic strip created by Hal Foster. ... Diazepam (IPA: ), first marketed as Valium by Hoffmann-La Roche) is a benzodiazepine derivative drug. ...

Spaceballs

  • President Skroob, though in the place of Star Wars's Emperor Palpatine, appears more like a modern president without any supernatural powers. His name is an anagram of "Brooks," but also resembles the verb to screw (to cheat) and Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • Dark Helmet, the Space Balls' second-in-command, is a parody of Darth Vader. He resembles Darth Vader in appearance, but is much shorter, has a much larger helmet, and wears a tie. (However, he changes into a khaki uniform and an equally oversized pith helmet during the desert scene.) He speaks in a deep bass voice and breathes audibly, as the helmet hinders his breathing. This often causes him to lift his visor, revealing his bespectacled face and his intentionally incredulous high-pitched voice. Helmet is the commander of the Spaceballs' "Imperious Forces" (a parody of the Imperial Forces in Star Wars, as well as the Imperious Leader from Battlestar Galactica), and commands the flagship Spaceball One (see below). He uses The Schwartz to discipline his subordinates, not by force grip (as with Darth Vader) but by crushing their testicles with the Schwartz. He enjoys playing with Spaceballs action figurines, taking special pleasure in acting out a scenario in which he seduces Princess Vespa, but is embarrassed when anyone notices his playing. Vader's relationship to his nemesis Luke Skywalker is parodied by Helmet declaring himself Lone Starr's "father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate", which he sums up as making them "absolutely nothing."
  • Colonel Sandurz is a parody of the leading Imperial Officers from Star Wars, such as Veers and Piett or Moff Tarkin. His name is a pun on KFC's founder Colonel Sanders. (At one point, Dark Helmet says to him, "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?")
  • Snotty, who operates the transporter beam in planet Spaceball's capital city, is a reference to Star Trek's engineer Scotty. His thick Scottish accent, stereotypical Scottish attire (kilt and hat) and his referring to "Loch Lomond" also point to Snotty's Scottish background.

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Spaceball One

The Spaceballs' weapon of conquest, Spaceball One, is a powerful spaceship. The opening scene is an obvious homage to Alien and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope with the ridiculously long, wide angle continuous shot of Spaceball One. Its shape resembles Battlestar Galactica and the Super Star Destroyers, while its name is a pun on Air Force One, the U.S. president's airplane. The Spaceballs' attitude toward others is expressed by the ship's large bumper sticker: "We brake for nobody." This article is about the first film in a series. ... 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... The Battlestar Galactica is a fictional spaceship and the primary setting in the original Battlestar Galactica television series and film, and its subsequent ongoing re-imagining in 2003. ... It has been suggested that Executor (Star Wars) be merged into this article or section. ... For the current aircraft, see Boeing VC-25. ... Bumper stickers are often used on commercial vehicles so that employers can receive feedback about the driving habits of their employees A bumper sticker is an adhesive label or sticker with a message, intended to be attached to the bumper of an automobile and to be read by the occupants...


The ship's absurd size is a frequent point of references:

  • The ship is so large that it contains a shopping mall, a zoo, and a three-ring circus (complete with a freak show).
  • The ship takes about 1 minute and 47 seconds to cross the screen at the beginning of the film. This is emphasized by the music theme which stops and resumes again several times, each time growing louder and louder, implying that the orchestra is getting frustrated with the ship's seemingly endless length.
  • President Skroob is once forced to jog to the bridge in order to arrive before the end of the film. He references this by saying "This ship is too big. If I walked, the movie would be over."

Spaceball One is capable of traveling at four different speeds: sub-light speed, light speed, ridiculous speed, and ludicrous speed. When going into ludicrous speed all crew members must use a seat belt for their own safety. Ludicrous speed results in the ship leaving a trail of plaid, parodying the "warp trail" seen in the first few Star Trek films. For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ... For other uses, see Zoo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Circus (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this word, see Freakshow (disambiguation). ... A line showing the speed of light on a scale model of Earth and the Moon, taking about 1â…“ seconds to traverse that distance. ... Several plaid patterns on modern day uniforms Plaid is a Scots language word meaning blanket, usually referring to patterned woollen cloth; it is unclear if the Gaelic word Plaide came first. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ...


Spaceball One's secret weapon is its ability to transform into Mega Maid, a colossal cleaning woman holding a gigantic vacuum cleaner used to extract air from other planets and take it back to planet Spaceball. It can also reverse that process, expelling air. When Spaceball One begins to undergo its metamorphosis into "Mega Maid," the command is given stating "Ready Kafka." An allusion to Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis.


The ship's destruction resembles the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars as well as the demise of Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie: Lone Starr's ship flies through Mega Maid's ear to reach the self-destruct button. Mega Maid's head and the hand holding the vacuum cleaner crash into a nearby planet, with the pieces resembling the Statue of Liberty as seen in the final scene of Planet of the Apes. Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ... This article is about the 1968 film. ...


Other villains

Pizza Hut Inc. ... This article is about the criminal society. ... Jabba the Hutt is a fictional character in George Lucas science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Bib Fortuna was a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Max Headroom Max Headroom is the name of a fictional artificial intelligence, known for his surreal wit and a stuttering, distorted, electronically sampled delivery. ...

The Schwartz

FAO Schwartz is the toy store chain which distributes the Star Wars toys, therefore it is yet another parody on film merchandising, as in the entire first Yogurt scene. The lightsabers emanating from the Schwartz rings held in front of their crotch also form a phallic symbol, a play on the word Schwantz/Schwanz which is Yiddish/German slang for penis.[3] 'Schwarz' is German for 'black'. The Light and Dark sides of the Force are parodied by being called the "up side" and the "down side". F.A.O. Schwarz is the name of a toy store chain founded in 1870 by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz in New York, New York. ... This article is about the weapon in Star Wars. ... The phallus usually refers to the male penis, or sex organ. ... Yiddish (ייִדיש, Jiddisch) is a Germanic language spoken by about four million Jews throughout the world. ... May The Force Be With You redirects here. ...


Sequel

Breaking the fourth wall, the possibility of a sequel was already included in the film itself: "God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money". In September 2004, news about a sequel (possibly hoaxes), parodying the Star Wars Prequel trilogy, appeared on the internet.[4] It was rumored that there was going to be a Spaceballs sequel entitled "Spaceballs 3: The Search For The Lost Sequel", but the operation was cancled due to John Candy's death. In January 2005, it was revealed that Spaceballs would be turned into an animated television show.[5] On September 21, 2006, Mel Brooks announced that he was indeed developing an animated TV series based on Spaceballs, which was set to debut in autumn 2007.[6] The series would begin with a one-hour pilot, followed by an initial batch of 13 episodes of Spaceballs: The Animated Series. The fourth wall is the imaginary wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... This article is about the series. ... The Prequel trilogy (often PT) is a term often used to descibe the first three films of the Star Wars saga. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Inspiration

Space Balls inspired many directors to continue to make parody movies and Television Series. Several parody movies and television series have been made throughout the years after Space Balls which, include:

Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof which starred Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Jon Cryer, Kevin Dunn, and Bill Irwin. ... Hot Shots! Part Deux is a 1993 comedy spoof film, and a sequel to the 1991 comedy Hot Shots! Directed again by Jim Abrahams, the film again stars Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna, Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer, Ryan Stiles, Rowan Atkinson, and Jerry Haleva. ... Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) is a film parody of the story of Robin Hood, particularly parodying Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. ... Dont Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 film. ... Spy Hard is a 1996 movie starring Leslie Nielsen, parodying James Bond films and other action films. ... Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth is a film directed by John Blanchard released directly to video in 2000. ... For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... This article is about a horror parody movie. ... Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and is the second film of the Scary Movie franchise. ... Scary Movie 3 (2003) is an American comedy film directed by David Zucker and is the third film of the Scary Movie franchise. ... Scary Movie 4 is the fourth film of the Scary Movie franchise and is directed by David Zucker, written by Jim Abrahams, Craig Mazin and Pat Proft, and produced by Craig Mazin and Robert K. Weiss. ... Not Another Teen Movie is a USA comedy film released in 2001 by Columbia Pictures. ... Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) is a 2004 Hong Kong martial arts film co-written, co-produced and directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the film. ... For the 2007 film, see Reno 911!: Miami. ... This article is about the spoof. ... The Comebacks is a comedy film released on October 19, 2007, which is a parody of the clichés and plots of the sports film genre. ... For the film genre see Epic film. ... Meet the Spartans is a 2008 reference montage produced and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. ... For the film genre, see Disaster film. ...

See also

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 comedy film written by Robert Gordon and David Howard and directed by Dean Parisot, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Tony Shalhoub. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Trekker redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ "Trivia for Spaceballs." IMDB. Retrieved on September 21, 2006.
  2. ^ "Business Data for Spaceballs." IMDB. Retrieved on September 21, 2006.
  3. ^ Sex-Lexis October 09, 2007
  4. ^ Slashdot September 29, 2004
  5. ^ Elizabeth Guider, "'Spaceballs' rolls to TV", Variety, January 19, 2005.
  6. ^ "'Spaceballs' to become TV cartoon", CNN, September 21, 2006.

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External links

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Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. ... For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... This page is about the 1968 film. ... The Twelve Chairs is a 1970 film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise and Ron Moody . ... Alex Karras as Mongo in Blazing Saddles Blazing Saddles (1974) is a comedy directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, and released by Warner Brothers. ... For the musical, see Young Frankenstein (musical). ... This article is about the comedy film. ... High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ... History of the World, Part I is a 1981 film written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. ... Life Stinks is a 1991 comedy directed by Mel Brooks. ... Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) is a film parody of the story of Robin Hood, particularly parodying Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. ... Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a 1995 movie directed by Mel Brooks. ... The Elephant Man is a 1980 biopic loosely based on the story of the 19th century British deformed celebrity, Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film). ... To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 comedy film directed by Alan Johnson, written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, and starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. ... The Fly is a 1986 science fiction/horror/romantic tragedy film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. ... The Producers is a 2005 film based on the 2001 Broadway musical of the same name, which is in turn based on the 1968 movie starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Andréas Voutsinas. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... For other uses, see Get Smart (disambiguation). ... When Things Were Rotten was an American situation comedy television series created in 1975 by Mel Brooks and aired for half a season by ABC. A parody of the Robin Hood legend, the series starred Richard Gautier (who earlier had played Hymie the Robot in Brooks Get Smart series) as... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Shinbone Alley is a musical with a book by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks, lyrics by Darion, and music by George Kleinsinger. ... All American is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... This article is about the 2001 stage musical. ... Young Frankenstein is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. ... For wartime collaboration, see Collaborationism. ... Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005) was an iconic Academy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Rudy De Luca is an American screenwriter and actor best known for his work with filmmaker Mel Brooks. ... Dominick Dom DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer and chef. ... Martin Alan Marty Feldman (8 July 1934[1] – 2 December 1982) was an English writer, comedian and BAFTA award winning actor, notable for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease. ... Madeline Kahn (September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an Academy Award-nominated Jewish American actress of movie, television, and theater distinguished by an unusual gift for comedy. ... Actor Harvey Korman in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles. ... Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award-, nine-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning American actress of stage, film and television. ... Kenneth Mars (born April 14, 1935[1] or 1936) is an American television, movie and voice actor, perhaps best known for his roles in several Mel Brooks films, the most memorable being the insane Nazi playwright of Springtime for Hitler, Franz Liebkind, in 1968s The Producers and the relentless... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

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