Star Wars 7: This Inventive Sweded The Force Awakens Trailer Is Spot On

By Brent McKnight | Updated

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Over the last month, since the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped, fans looking to gain every scrap of practical knowledge have poured over each frame, dissecting every last shot. Once we learned the names of some of the new characters, we did it all over again hoping to peer even deeper into the upcoming film. But it’s also inspired imitations, homages, and all kinds of fan art. We’ve seen paintings, drawings, and posters, but we’ve also had not one but two Lego versions of the trailer, a Saturday Night Live spoof, and another filtered through the quirky, twee sensibilities of Wes Anderson. Now some enterprising fans have made their very own shot-for-shot recreation with intricate cardboard sets, full costumes, and all kinds of improvised props.

When I say shot-for-shot, that’s precisely what this is. Every last image, from John Boyega’s Finn popping up into that first frame to the Millennium Falcon soaring through the air, battling TIE Fighters, is present and accounted for. The best, however, is ingenuity these fans use to recreate everything. For instance, Daisy Ridley’s Rey still rides off into the distance, but instead of a new variety of speeder, it’s a bike rigged with some extra crap. And where you expect to hear John Williams’ score, these folks replace those notes with noises from their very own mouths. All in all, it’s a pretty good time, not to mention inventive as hell. I’m certainly not dedicated enough to pull off, or even attempt, something like this.

The people responsible for this sweded trailer call themselves Dumb Drum (and the video first appeared over at Geek Tyrant). And if you’re wondering just how accurate their depiction is, they also provided this handy video that places the two side by side.

And for the sake of comparison, here’s the Wes Anderson version…

…one Lego trailer…

…and the other…

…and just for the hell of it, the SNL digital short.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is less than a year away, opening everywhere on December 18, 2015, and you can rest assured that we’ll continue to see things like this between now and then, and probably long afterwards.

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