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Star Wars is back in a big, bad way, with the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens having dropped a year out from the release of the movie. The naming of The Force Awakens The Force Awakens: 25 Alternative Names For Star Wars VII [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Force Awakens: 25 Alternative Names For Star Wars VII [Weird & Wonderful Web] Star Wars is back, with The Force Awakens due to be released on Dec. 18, 2015. Unhappy with the title, the Internet suggested its own alternatives... Read More caused the Internet to stand up and take notice, but the first trailer caused absolute chaos.

There were the usual naysayers who take any and every opportunity to condemn stuff for no apparent reason. There were the fanboys who filmed their teary reactions to the footage. And then there were the auteurs who created their own versions of the Star Wars trailer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This may just be a teaser for Star Wars VII, showing seven short clips lasting all of 90 seconds, but it’s enough source material for the creative types to get creating.

Watch the original above, and then see what 11 veritable geniuses did to lovingly parody The Force Awakens. Force, farce, it’s all the same as far as the Internet is concerned.

Backyard Edition

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Retro Edition

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the Star Wars of past generations. This is a big-budget Disney production with all the spit and polish we’ve come to expect from Hollywood. This version of the trailer shows what The Force Awakens would look like had it been made in the 1980s. We can all be thankful it wasn’t.

LEGO Edition

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Wes Anderson Edition

Wes Anderson is a film director known for having a very particular style. This version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one person’s take on what would happen if Wes Anderson had been hired to direct it over J.J. Abrams. Anyone who has seen The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, or The Grand Budapest Hotel should understand the references.

Spaceballs Edition

Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. With Rick Moranis playing Lord Dark Helmet and Bill Pullman playing Captain Lone Starr, the references are pretty transparent. And, thankfully, also hilarious. It’s a good thing that parodies aren’t considered infringements of copyright, or George Lucas would likely have hired some lawyers.

Lens Flare Edition

J.J. Abrams is a brilliant filmmaker with one rather obvious flaw: his penchant for overusing lens flare. Watch either of the recent Star Trek movies and you’ll immediately spot the problem. We have to hope he hasn’t continued with this ridiculous technique with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This version of the trailer shows us what it would look like.

Michael Bay Edition

This version of the Star Wars VII trailer includes the movie-making tropes for which Michael Bay is known. Namely, over-the-top explosions at any and every opportunity, product placement at any and every opportunity, and an audio track designed to leave you partially deaf when you leave the movie theater. Which makes lens flare look positively pedestrian by comparison.

Disney Edition

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Nicolas Cage Edition

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George Lucas Edition

When he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas chose to abandon the franchise that made him both famous and extremely wealthy. Anyone who has either seen the prequel trilogy or witnessed Lucas butchering the original cuts years after release should be thankful for this fact. This version of the trailer offers a glimpse of what a mess Lucas would have made of The Force Awakens.

Nostalgia Edition

While the new Star Wars undeniably looks very different than the old Star Wars Star Wars Fans Remade The Empire Strikes Back, Watch Now! [Stuff to Watch] Star Wars Fans Remade The Empire Strikes Back, Watch Now! [Stuff to Watch] In 2009 a group of Star Wars fans split Episode IV into 473 15-second segments and decided to remake it, shot-for-shot. In 2014, they've finally finished Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back. Read More , there is clearly enough crossover to bring the old fans along for the new ride. This version of the trailer shows that clearly, with old footage used in place of the new footage. It’s not exactly the same but it’s close enough to fill me with nostalgia.

Which One Made Your Force Awaken??

Having watched them all — you did watch them all, didn’t you?! — which did you enjoy the most? Or, to put it rather more euphemistically, which one made your force awaken?

Please let us know in the comments below. Or link us to any more parodies of Star Wars: A Force Awakens you happen to see on your interstellar travels across the Internetz.

Image Credit: JD Hancock via Flickr

  1. Nathan Trubilla
    June 5, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I know I'm kinda late to the game! I added a few extra titles into the 2nd Trailer. I think it's pretty funny. But lets see what the internet thinks? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUnYb4GbzlQ

  2. Michael
    April 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Check out my new parody of the latest Star Wars trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMUJd4dYmFE

  3. James Culley
    December 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tqrDwCTq-c

    Here is my version I created in 3DMax :)

  4. Chris
    December 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I had to make a version starring sea animals, because penguin stormtroopers!
    http://youtu.be/5fPxOXJACVM

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      That is genius. I love the penguins, and the addition of the controversial light saber is inspired. Thanks for sharing.

  5. starwarsfreakz
    December 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Star Wars VII on the roof of my house LOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_NMR83h_TY

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      It's cool, but it's not quite a parody of the trailer for The Force Awakens. Still, thanks for sharing :)

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