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Canned Star Wars Meat? Team | February 1, 2010

Recently, this retro (1978) Japanese commercial for canned tuna — or at least we’re guessing as much — has been making the rounds, so we couldn’t resist blogging about it.

It’s not every day you see C-3PO breaking up an epic duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker by offering them a snack of canned meat instead. Plus the cameos of stormtroopers, Han Solo, Chewbacca, a rather disco-fied Princess Leia and an odd assortment of Cantina aliens make this commercial even cooler.

May the Force be with Hagoromo Foods!


Below are some of our favorite screen grabs from the commercial:


Rare Star Wars PSA Behind the Scenes Video

Pete Vilmur | October 19, 2009

psa readers may remember our interview with Peter Shillingford, who directed the 1977 childhood immunization public service announcement ad that aired shortly after the release of A New Hope. As it seems a lot of archival home-made movies have been making their way online lately (see the 1976 ILM home movie here), we thought we’d share another recent discovery reportedly posted by the grandson or granddaughter of the Star Wars PSA’s producer. From poster “sowtime444”:

This was shot by my grandparents in England. There is no sound. My grandfather worked for the Kennedy Foundation and produced the Star Wars commercials. He was a talented writer, among other things. He is the one with the orange-red vest on.

The footage reveals over five minutes of the goings-on behind the scenes on the commercial shoot, which starred both Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. Director Peter Shillingford is the chap in the blue sweater.

Watch Video: 1977 Star Wars PSA Behind the Scenes

Also, check out the original commercial here.