Any time a big new movie with its own distinct style comes out, you can rest assured that the Internet is going to take a bunch of earlier movies, usually ones with little in common with the film in question, and recut them in this new way. It’s a hoot. As Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar is the next big thing on our docket, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing “BLANK cut in the style of Interstellar.” And these two titles couldn’t be more different. Sure, they’re both sci-fi, but when you think of Nolan’s film, your mind doesn’t automatically go to Spaceballs and WALL-E. Or maybe it does, I don’t know you or how your brain works.
As you well know, Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs is basically one long, ridiculous gag. Given that situation, it must have taken damn near every last straight line from the entire film in order to construct this video. More than anything, it makes me want to marathon Mel Brooks movies. Maybe I’ll see if I can track some down for viewing later this evening.
Pixar’s WALL-E definitely fits into this mold a little bit easier than Spaceballs. The animated 2008 hit is at least tonally fairly similar to Interstellar. It’s quiet and low-key at times, but also has moments of impressive grandiosity, with wide shots of massive spaceships, fiery worlds, and stunning visuals, not to mention there are numerous scenes of spaceships blasting off and soaring around.
Whereas the Spaceballs video works because the two properties are such polar opposites in terms of mood and feel, this WALL-E offering is actually a decent match. With a few minor tweaks and changes, if you didn’t know about Interstellar, this would make a pretty accurate trailer for the film.
And just for the hell of it, here’s a video from the same guy who made het WALL-E trailer that imagines what it might look like if The Incredibles was a Nolan joint. Here Brad Bird’s animated superhero film as envisioned through the grim, gritty lens that Nolan used for his Dark Knight trilogy.
While I do enjoy this kind of thing, I have to admit that, often times, I don’t finish watching them all the way through. Maybe I just have no attention span left to speak of, but in this kind of situation, after about a minute, you get the point and don’t need anymore. Still, they’re good for a fun momentary diversion if you’re looking for such a thing.