A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a story we all know. Even indirectly, even if you've never seen a Star Wars movie in your life, I'm willing to bet that you know through cultural osmosis who Luke's father is. Star Wars is a seminal piece of pop culture history, both for the United States, and by now probably the world over. We love Star Wars.
And we also love 80's movies. The likes of John Hughes' films The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are also cinema and pop-culture classics. Start playing "don't you forget about me," and by the end of the "hey, hey, hey, hey!" I bet people (at least 20-somethings) will be imagining the kids of the Breakfast Club. Maybe even dancing.
If any of the above strikes a chord (ha) in you, boy have I got a treat. Today's installment of fan-created awesome comes to us from Italian artist Denis Medri, aka DenisM79 on deviantART. He's put together a wonderfully thought-out collection... of Star Wars: 80's High School style!
This take on familiar characters has them in a setting and style akin to John Hughes' high school films, and the collection makes a nod to the long-lived Star Wars fandom with the name, "May the Fourth." It's all here in the artist's gallery, but I've taken the liberty of putting it here for easy Moviepilot viewing. If you want more, scroll on, good reader, scroll on!
In this incarnation, Darth Vader isn't Luke's father (long-lost big brother, maybe?) but the high school's biggest bully. He's backed up by motorcross star Boba Fett, and a pair of stormtrooper twins.
"Han Approaches Leia." (As bespectacled geek C-3PO looks on.) She's about as initially impressed with him in this century as she was in the last.
Luke at the Cantina. A room full of strange aliens? Yeah, seems pretty accurate from what I remember of high school. Of course, I was definitely one of those aliens.
Here, Han, Threepio and Luke are re-creating the iconic dance scene from The Breakfast Club. (In fact, a lot of this seems to be Breakfast Club-inspired.) You can check it out below! (But I won't ask you to write a compare-and-contrast essay... or stop the rumpus.)
Now, back to the awesome art!
The Millennium Falcon is now a fly van, complete with fuzzy dice. Yes.
Boba Fett duct-taping Han into a literal walk-in freezer? Good.
"LET THE WOOKIEE WIN" remains the best policy!"
Who's that in the background?
It's Professor Kenobi, and Coach Yoda!
Ah, yes. Coach Yoda's training methods are inscrutable as ever, but effective. (Love the design on R2's sweater vest! Hopefully he still only goes beep-boop-beep-boop, like Beaker from the Muppets!)
Ow, Anakin's red baseball bat hurts! (Here's hoping it somehow still goes 'vwoooom!')
Too bad he doesn't have the Force in this AU. He's gotta strangle his subordinates by hand. If you want something done right...
Aha! Han shot first! I knew it! I knew it!
I just really love these Lando and Greedo designs. Love how Greedo still looks like his alien self while human, and embraces his punk style.
Shove off, Anakin. She's just gonna turn her tunes up louder. Better than listening to you talk.
"Help me, Professor Kenobi, you're my only hope. Now go, small nerd! Run like the wind!"
Love Threepio's pocket protector and R2's Rubiks cube and red button (with computer-pile background!). These small details are what make this series sing.
AHHH, PRINCIPAL PALPETINE. I'd be scared too. Bet nobody comes back from being sent to his office!
And the sun sets over this remixed, familiar world. As a final note... that vest looks familiar too. (McFly!) Maybe we'll have some more futuristic friends next time. As always, thanks for reading, and if you can, please send the artist some love!