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Video: Simpsons opening sequence, Star Wars-style


Now this is how you push the boundaries of fair use. Animator Rich Cando has homebrewed a startlingly high-production-value parody of The Simpsons' opening sequence, morphed into a send-up of the Star Wars movie franchise. Apparently, someone thinks Ned Flanders would make a good Corellian smuggler--he made the Kessel Run in 12 piddly-iddly-arsecs! Found via SFSignal.

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14 comments
addcoachglen
addcoachglen

Very Creative and different and entertaining is good! Glen Hogard,(ADHD Coach Specialist)

amy
amy

Best integration of two completely different media, themes, etc. I've ever seen. Of course I'm a big fan of both. I'm definitely forwarding to some geeky friends.

mikemulren
mikemulren

Myuh-hah-ha!!! Does Ming the Mercilous know of this? I bet Flash ain't talkin', hehe. This is great!. Too short, but great. Any comment from Mr. Lucas? -MikeMulren

cherylcon
cherylcon

I am a HUGE fan of the Simpson???s, (how sad is it that a 40 year-olds favorite show is a cartoon?) so I absolutely loved this clip!

swstephe
swstephe

Anyone know who called "copyright infringement" on this video? I thought "parody" was considered "fair use".

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Technically, all parody's are protected under fair use, provided they aren't a total copy of the original material. However, one's that generate income for the artist tend to have much more scrutiny than one's that do not. And all such cases depend on a rather subjective judgement call of the judge and jury. In this case either Lucas or Groenig could challege this as a copyright infringement. However, since it is being offered on the web free of charge, it's not detracting from either owner's income; and can easily be argued that it will INCREASE the desire to view the original materials (Simpsons & Star Wars). Personally, if I were either Lucas or Groenig, I'd be highly flattered, and even consider this fellow for a job. He's that good.

PonderousMan
PonderousMan

Actually, Lucas has openly declared the Star Wars Universe to be "open source", or at least it's equivalent - i.e., you can use the ideas, characters, etc. for any sort of medium - *as long as you don't make any money at it*. There is a wide range of Star Wars-related stuff out there, from kids mucking with You Tube to entire films with professional production, including some serious CGI. In the middle there somewhere is the now famous and very hilarious "Chad Vader" series, which is produced in my city (Madison,WI). I'm kind of surprised that the Geekend has not covered more of these - though there is enough of this material out there that it could be the makings of it's own blog. Given all this, I expect the copyright claim was from Fox, since that's the sort of thing those corporate flacks would do...

Bill Ward
Bill Ward

And it's down... YouTube has yanked it already, with a claim of copyright infringement. Anyone know where else it might be????

radioeng
radioeng

" copyright infringement " ???? someone somewhere needs more fiber in their diet. I thought it was brilliant!

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

Apparently, CollegeHumor.com has no such qualms about supporting fair use via parody. Warning, some of the rest of their site is a little NSFW, so don't stray too far from the main page whilst at your cubicle.

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