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TRON Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 26, 2008

It seems that director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind has been inspiring fans everywhere to make “Sweded” versions of their favorite movies which include everything from classics like Star Wars to this creative tribute to the 1982 sci-fi film TRON!

The level of detail in the costumes and cardboard vehicles is quite impressive. We want more! What movie would you like to see get “Sweded” next?

Check out the video here:

BigDog Robot Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 26, 2008

When we first reported about the creepy, headless, deer-like quadruped BigDog robot, we never imagined that someone would decide to give it the Sweded Be Kind Rewind treatment. But we are very glad they did! It duplicates the original video right down to the jerk trying to kick them over. Pure genius!

Check out this video and a mini-interview with its creators here:
Video of BigDog Beta Quadruped Robot Is So Stupid It’s Hilarious (via Gizmodo)

Wired Profiles Fanboys Team | March 25, 2008

Wired magazine takes an in-depth look at the movie Fanboys — which has had a bit of controversy lately from fans wanting the original cut (and not the Cancer-free plot) to be released in theaters.

The magazine chats with Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline, who’s proudly been a Star Wars fan since childhood. Cline reveals not only his love for the saga, but also his very personal reasons for making the original plot of Fanboys have a more deeper meaning than just geek boys on a quest to see The Phantom Menace before everyone else.


Diesel Sweeties 1977

Bonnie Burton | March 25, 2008

(C) 2008 R. Stevens — from

Artist R. Stevens dedicates his #1977 numbered strip of “Diesel Sweeties” to a Star Wars debate some of us hold near to our hearts — Why didn’t Chewie get a medal at the end of A New Hope?

Ironically, the girl who loves Wookiees just so happens to be my Diesel Sweeties Doppelgänger! No, really — see for yourself.

Check out the Star Wars debate on Diesel Sweeties.

Star Wars Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 17, 2008

If you’ve already caught director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind that involves video store employees creating their own DIY versions to classic flicks like Ghostbusters and Driving Miss Daisy, then you might want to check out these fans who made their own “Sweded” version of Star Wars.

Chris Parrott and his friends used cardboard, fast food chicken buckets, a beer keg (for R2-D2) and more in a fun video they entered in the Be Kind Rewind Youtube Competition. You can see photos of all their crafty costumes and props here: Cardboard Star Wars.

Watch the video here.


Chewie Makes Wired‘s Sidekick List Team | March 10, 2008

What do Spock, Dana Scully, Beaker and Chewbacca have in common? No, not a love for best friends who believe in the truth or even an appreciation for apple-scented hair conditioner. They all made Wired magazine’s Best Sidekicks List — which also included the likes of K.I.T.T., Willow Rosenberg, Waylon Smithers, Samwise Gamgee and Robin.

Here’s what they had to say about our favorite Wookiee:

Sidekick to Han Solo
STRENGTHS: Size, muscle, mechanical aptitude, and supreme navigational skills.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks pants and is largely incoherent. Also, Chewie is indirectly responsible for that 1978 holiday special.

Read all about the other sidekicks here:
Best: Sidekicks, From Mr. Spock to Waylon Smithers

Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

Bonnie Burton | March 2, 2008

The opening credits to Star Wars are already burned into the brains of fans across the galaxy — but we can’t help but love this reimagining of those credits if done by the legendary graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass. His animated fillm intros were used by iconic directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

Star Wars on Weekend America Team | March 1, 2008

Earlier this week, I was contacted by NPR to help clarify a Star Wars error made in one of their shows. Apparently, a meteorologist, in describing dry conditions, likened them to the desert planet of Alderaan. Rather than just run a correction, they wanted a sort of Star Wars authority to clarify this, and discuss why it matters.

The episode is available for download here. If you’re listening to the entire podcast, I come in a round the 27 minute, 11 second mark.


Death Star Approaching Azerbaijan? Team | February 27, 2008, which we can only assume to be one of the leading sites for skyscraper news, recently posted concept designs for “Hotel Full Moon,” a radical design that will accompany some already high-concept structures on the Caspian Sea.

Full Moon is essentially a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners that appears radically different to the view depending on the angle it is seen from. The frontage thanks to the bulging centre makes it appear more like a glass death star whilst the side profile is more than a little gherkinesque.

Read more about it here.



Missing in Action: Rusty Miller

Pete Vilmur | February 19, 2008


A fan named Payton emailed us this weekend with a link to a blog entry he’d just made asking after the whereabouts of one Mr. Rusty Miller, the 12-year-old author of 1982’s Jedi Master’s Quizbook (making him about 37 years old this year).

Truth be told, we here at have had an open MIA file on Mr. Miller for some time, hoping to track down the fan prodigy for a chance to catch up on his adult life, career, and whether or not Star Wars still fits into it.