While we probably all agree that Patton Oswalt’s amazing ideas for the Star Wars universe would make for the ultimate approach, even without the Marvel tie-ins, it’s never going to see the light of day. So fans will just have to keep watching other fan-made takes on the upcoming continuation of George Lucas’ saga, minus George Lucas.
What if Episode VII was all about the kids? The best part about J.J. Abrams‘ Super 8 was actually the child actors — a rarity for any film, so it’s not as short-shifted a prospect as one might think. Offering up his own idea of a kid-laden space epic is California artist and puppet filmmaker Sam K. Hale, whose CGI short Yamasong won Best Animated Film at the 2010 Dragon*Con. His credits also include Annoying Orange on Cartoon Network and Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich on Disney Jr, as well as projects done for the Handmade Puppet Dreams film series.
For his exciting faux trailer entitled Star Wars Episode 7: Return of the Junior Jedi, Hale employed his two children, Kai and Liam, and Marley Gonzales to run around shooting lasers and wielding lightsabers. Didn’t their mother teach them not to run with a lightsaber? They’re so much more dangerous than scissors. Joined by puppet friends and heroes, this young Jedi pair doesn’t really follow any sort of a narrative beyond wondering if they are there yet every few seconds. The effects work is significantly better than one might expect from such a tiny crew, and what’s more, the actors look like they’re having a good time, unlike some people.
Take note that the real Episode VII will feature at least six million more instances of lens flare that Hale thankfully managed to avoid. I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next. You can check out the gorgeous trailer for Yamasong below, and try to catch your own falling star. But not with your mouth.