I recently penned an editorial about how the whole of nerd culture could stand an influx of original material to augment the constant repurposing of Star Wars, Marvel heroes, and other all-too-familiar properties. It was called Nerds Need More New Stuff, and I encourage you to read it. That editorial was largely inspired by a short animated film I recently ran across that combined characters from Star Wars with the imagery and style of Japanese anime. As I said in my editorial, I was very much impressed by the animated short, but it made me long to see what the filmmakers could do with their own imaginations, rather than juts re-using George Lucas’ ideas.
If that cartoon sounded tantalizing to you, then I will offer you the chance to watch it right here, right now. As you can see, the style is impeccable, the characterization is great, and the action is exciting. If we are to take this as an audition piece, then I would say these kids pass. Take a gander and leave some comments below.
Indeed, Star Wars fan films have, as I’m sure many of Nerdist’s readers know, become something of a cottage industry, spawning a subculture unto themselves. Star Wars fan films have become so ubiquitous, that George Lucas himself has encouraged their proliferation. There are hundreds crawling around online, and you can lose an entire weekend to TheForce.net.
For now, if you can spare the two minutes, gander at this Star Wars film in Robotech style, and enjoy the wonder.