Let’s be real. Star Wars has been a big part of the zeitgeist in every year since 1977. However, it really started hitting its stride in the 80s and, as such, there’s something extra fitting about mashing it up with other blockbusters of that decade. Thanks to the very 2016 standards of YouTube, Vimeo, and cheap editing software, there’s a whole plethora of such mash-ups to enjoy.
Our first clip comes from Weston Wong and runs the X-Wing fleet through the Top Gun training program, setting outer space aerial combat to the tune of Kenny Loggin’s classic “Danger Zone.” It fits so smoothly, in fact, that you’ve gotta wonder how Kenny’s “Playing with the Boys” could accompany some beach volleyball shenanigans on Tattooine or Jakku.
80s montages weren’t always about pushing it to the limit, though. Sometimes they were about angsty introspection, like the next video by Jon and Al Kaplan. Recalling the scene in Rocky IV where Sly dwells on the ups and downs of his boxing career whilst cruising in a Lamborghini, this clip reveals exactly what memories bubbled in Vader’s mind when he was hesitating to save Luke from the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.
Of course, when we’re talking 80s montages, 9/10ths of the time we’re talking training. And really, as inspirational as the training scenes on Dagobah were, they could’ve been a lot peppier. It doesn’t take a genius to see connections between Luke mastering the Force in Empire Strikes Back and Daniel-san mastering the Crane Kick in Karate Kid, but this clip makes it that much easier to picture.
Note that this is the work of the Mark Hamill Fan Club, because the group’s done a whole series of music videos staring Groovy Mark. They’ve used Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best Around” here, and they’ve also used Queen’s “Princes of the Universe,” which makes a whole lot of sense. By the end, there could be only one (Force user), no?
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, here’s a rad series of drawings by artist Denis Medri. He imagined how Han, Chewie, Leia, and nearly every character in the original trilogy might look in a John Hughes comedy. Though, the mash-up goes beyond that. You can see 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club, certainly, but there’s also hints of Better Off Dead and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The best piece riffs on the same Karate Kid connection in the clip above, depicting Yoda as Miyagi-like coach schooling Luke and Artoo in the ways of… ah… gym class.
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Featured Image Credit: Weston Wong | Vimeo/Star Wars