By now, I’m sure that everyone has heard the news that George Lucas intends to convert all six of his ‘Star Wars’ movies to 3-D and re-release them to theaters one per year, staring in 2011. Is anyone actually excited for this? Certainly not me. I’m much more amused by this decidedly 2-D recreation of the original trilogy in paper animation. Seriously, check this out. (Embedded video has been fixed. Sorry about that.)
I think I made my feelings about George Lucas and his obsessive revisionism perfectly clear back when the ‘Star Wars’ series was announced for release on Blu-ray, but only in the craptastic “Special Edition” versions that plaster CG garbage over footage shot 20 years earlier.
George says he always intended his movies smothered in crappy CGI? Of course he did. He just didn’t have the technology to do that back in 1977. He says he always intended Greedo to shoot at Han Solo first (and miss wide despite sitting a foot away)? Of course he did. He just didn’t have the technology in 1977 to make the actor pretend to shoot first. That was beyond the ability of any filmmaker to do back then. He always intended a young actor play the ghost of Anakin Skywalker at the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’? Sure he did, but back in 1983 it wasn’t possible to cast actors younger than 60 to play ghosts. True story. Fortunately, our technology has caught up, and George can now CG Hayden Christensen’s face onto the scene.
So, now Lucas always intended the ‘Star Wars’ movies to be in 3-D? Of course he did. Next year, when he thinks of something else, he will have always intended that too.
At this point, I guess I’ve just come to accept that Lucas is going to keep tweaking and tinkering with these movies forever. They’re his movies to do what he wants. I just wish he’d have the decency to also restore the original unaltered versions and preserve them for history at the same time.
Anyway, singer Jeremy Messersmith is apparently not too fond of the idea of ‘Star Wars’ in 3-D either. For his song “Tatooine,” he’s created a three-minute condensed version of the original trilogy using 2-D paper animation (‘South Park’ style). Take a look at this:
The song is perhaps a little twee, but the video is pretty terrific. It plays just as well (maybe even better) with the sound off.
I especially like that there’s no stupid “Praxis ring” around the Death Star explosion.