Thursday, September 21, 2006

Spaceballs: The Animated Series

For those that don't know, and that couldn't have guessed, I'm a bit of a geek. Along with the interest in science, video games, and computers, that also generally implies a strong interest in science fiction/fantasy. I fit this criteria very well too.

I'm a huge fan of the Star Wars movies. I waited until the original trilogy came out in its unaltered form (Just say no to Hayden Christiansen in RotJ) before buying it last Saturday, and promptly sat down and watched all three original movies in a single day. I went to the Episode III premiere in my Darth Vader costume. I also have a few Jedi costumes, as well as a Rebel Pilot and the beginnings of a Rebel Trooper.

On the fantasy side, I'm a member of the Society of Creative Anachronisms which does full contact recreation sword fighting in heavy armor and I love the fantasy worlds of Tolkien. My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, who parodies, well, everything in his fantasy world.

So when the worlds of parody and science fiction/fantasy meet, I'm especially prone to liking it. As expected, this puts Spaceballs high up on my list of favorite movies. In Spaceballs, it makes fun of the marketing aspect of blockbuster films with action figures, towels, breakfast cereals, and even Spaceballs the toilet paper. Ha, ha. All in good fun.

Except that it looks like it's serious this time. Nearly 20 years after being released, Spaceballs will be having a spinoff animated series. For once, I'm actually glad I have cable in the dorms.


Reel Fanatic said...

This is indeed good news for lovers of sci-fi and parody .. even better is that Mel Brooks is so involved, at least with the opening episodes .. this should just rock

Anonymous said...

Spaceballs - I loved that flick. My son and I will get a kick out of an animated series. Sign me up!

Thomas Siefert said...

But how big a fan are you? Have you watched the full movie with the Dinks commentary track on DVD?

The Science Pundit said...

This is funny. Right after I read your post, I went over to Pharyngula and saw that Terry Pratchett's latest book is #2 in the UK (Dawkins is at #1). Did you buy it yet?

ps-- Since you're a Star Wars fan, I'll mention that a while back, I posted about Star Wars (according to Lord Raglan).

Jon Voisey said...

Sadly I have not yet bought Pratchett's latest. At this time I don't have the time to be doing much leisurely reading. :(