Ladies, gentlemen, wookie, droid and Jedi: You must unlearn what you have learned, as you are about to witness some of the greatest Star Wars fan art you have ever seen. Before you start calling me a scruffy-looking nerf hurder for such a bold, sensationalist claim, hear me out.
The genius behind this artwork isn't just in the brushstrokes, but also because the artist's idea turned out to be the winning component of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. Since Marvel's space opera came out, fans have been noticing two undeniable influences on the Guardians: Star Wars and The Breakfast Club.
"We (the Guardians) ARE The Breakfast Club!" - James Gunn, Comingsoon.net interview, 2014.
Which is great! We love Marvel, we love The Breakfast Club and we LOVE Star Wars. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that without The Breakfast Club’s influence, Guardians of the Galaxy would never have had the unique spirit that sparked its phenomenal success.
But James Gunn wasn’t the first person to have the spectacularly good idea of a space opera/80’s High School mash-up. In fact, artist Denis Medri may have even done a better job! By using genre tropes best utilized in the 1985 classic and combining it with the greatest space adventure ever to be in cinemas (sorry, trekkies!), Denis Medri has expertly shown us what the Star Wars saga would look like as a 1980s High School teen-drama!
So, without further ado, check out the Millennium Falcon's crew a long time ago (around 30 years), in an education system far, far away…
C3PO and R2D2 are Loveable Nerds
"Don't you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!"
Princess Leia's Hair is a set of Walkman Headphones
"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
Darth Vader & Boba Fett are in a Kick-Ass Biker Gang
"You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor, take her away!"
Welcome to the Mos Eisley School Canteen!
"He doesn't like you..."
Greedo is a Punk and Han Solo STILL Shoots First!
"Sorry about the mess..."
Obi-Wan Kenobi is Your Friendly High School Teacher
"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."
While Yoda is the School's Gym Coach (size matters not, remember!)
"No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
Hyperspeed Is When You're Cruising in Han's Falcon (notice the paint-job)
"She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself."
Chess with a Wookie is Chess with an Angry, Mullet-growing Teen
"I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookie win."
Han Solo and Lando Calrissian's Friendship is a High School Bromance
"Why you slimy double-crossing no-good swindler!"
Getting Frozen in Carbonite Means Being Locked in the School's Refrigerator
"What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me."
Lightsabers are Baseball Bats - and They Hurt!
"There is no escape... Don't make me destroy you!"
Darth Sidious is the Evil Headmaster and Jabba is a Creepy Janitor
"Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design."
And just in case there was any speculation about whether the artist has taken influence from The Breakfast Club specifically, as opposed to the genre in general, here's Luke Skywalker, C3P0 and Han Solo performing the famous dance scene from the 80s classic!
So now you've had time to process Medri's ideas, what do we think? Is this the greatest Star Wars mash-up ever? Any ideas to add to the sketches? Let us know in the comments section!
And for more of the artist's inspired take on the Star Wars universe (and other brilliant artwork), head here.