Star Wars meets Toy Story

14Jun11

Have you ever had one of those Six Degrees of Separation moments, in which the cosmos aligns itself around a common theme?

That happened to me today.

Early this morning, I awoke to a comment from fellow blogger Aaron Graham. He liked my post about shopping for bras, and I loved his diatribe about Star Wars Episode I enough to return the favor.

I hadn’t thought about Star Wars in a long time. I saw the first movie with my dad when I was 10, and I became and instant fan. I gobbled up the two sequels greedily, and I pinched every sol to buy a copy of John Williams’ soundtrack.

But after the first three films, something horrible happened: With Episode I, George Lucas dazzled himself with his own Industrial Light and Magic. Suddenly, the motion of Jar Jar Binks’ ears—and selling video games—was more important than telling a story. By the end of the film I was so disgusted that I vowed to avoid any future Star Wars movies.

I feared I’d lost my love for Star Wars and that I’d never be able to recapture that early sense of wonder. But then, this afternoon I opened the July 2011 issue of Popular Photography. Among the articles was a brief about French photographer Stéfan le Du, who has spent the last year photographing Stormtroopers in unlikely situations.

… as le Du points out, their utter lack of facial expression makes it easy to imagine them in any mood.”

I was amused by the droll situations he concocted with his figurines.

But of all the Stormtrooper cultural cross-references, my favorite was the slightly twisted convergence of Star Wars and Titanic. I can almost hear Celine Dion singing in the background …

So … hats off to Aaron for his eloquent protest against Episode 1, and to Stéfan for his brilliant and ingenious photos. Between you, you’ve helped me appreciate Star Wars through new eyes.



169 Responses to “Star Wars meets Toy Story”

  1. Amazing photos! It inspires me to go a little wilder with my own action figures.

    • 2 hmunro

      I’m with ya: I’m actually thinking about *buying* some action figures! Thanks for reading, Lazy But Righteous!

    • Great pics. What could be done with “Rugrats meets Snow White”? Tommy Pickles can be Prince Charming and Angelica definitely has to be the evil Queen. But which rugrats will play the seven dwarfs? .

  2. Oh. My. GOD. This is too funny — thank you so much for sharing!

    🙂

  3. this is the coolest post ever! ❤

  4. Oh wow…I can’t tell you just how happy this entire post made me. I LOVE Star Wars, and this post made me laugh so hard!

    Love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • 9 hmunro

      ::) << That's me smiling back, with my four eyes. Thanks for reading!

    • 10 hmunro

      Knowing that I made someone laugh hard made *my* day! Thanks for reading — and especially for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  5. Lol these are some great pictures 🙂 I just started a filmblog http://thefilmgeekfiles.wordpress.com/ please check it out thanks

  6. I have seen Stefan’s work previously and have always loved it. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Fantastically inspiring, I now know what to do with my son’s figures…

    Congrats on being FP.

  8. I love these! Great job. I just wouldn’t want to be the Storm Troopers when kitty wakes up.

    • 16 hmunro

      I wouldn’t want to be pretty much *anything* when kitty wakes up! 🙂

  9. Wow! This had me laughing out loud…and spilling my coffee! Thank you for sharing this great discovery. It is inspirational in an odd way. : )

    • 18 hmunro

      Sorry about your coffee … but I’m glad you started your day in an oddly inspirational way. 🙂

  10. 🙂 Brilliant!!! Reminds me of Yaks pub in the Rebelscum forums.

  11. I love your picts.
    I think you may see this:

    You must feel the Force around you. …

    • 21 hmunro

      Quel video è divertente — ho riso alto fuori! Mille grazie, Glipkerio!!

  12. haha. that Titanic picture is hilarious. trying to think of a stormtrooper as sexy is funny in itself

    • 23 hmunro

      I’m with ya, Eric: Of all of Stéfan’s photos, that one made me laugh the loudest.

  13. Hahah this is the funniest thing! Great job! Super creative!

  14. Beautifully awesome!! Wow!! I’m rising to a standing ovation right now. Brilliant!

  15. So funny.

  16. Really great pics and story! Like your writing style!

    • 28 hmunro

      Right back at you on liking your writing style, Intentionally Poor! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Rock on! 🙂

  17. love it. My other half says you have way too much free time, but I see a market for it LOL

    • 30 hmunro

      So you know I didn’t actually *shoot* these photos, right? I just wrote about someone else’s BRILLIANT work. But my other half would agree with your other half: I need a new hobby. 🙂 Thanks for reading — and especially for commenting.

  18. LOVE IT!!

  19. Everything is cuter in miniature!

    Now I want a chicken nugget.

    • 33 hmunro

      May you find the enormous chicken nugget of your dreams. 🙂

      Thanks for reading, Lindsay!

  20. hilarious! love the pictures!

  21. I love stuff like this! Here’s a guy that does something similar with Legos characters
    http://www.redbubble.com/people/sadoldbiker

  22. 36 j2kun

    Have you seen James Hance’s Star Wars inspired work? I particularly liked his Wookie the Chew spinoff of Whinnie the Pooh: http://www.jameshance.com/books.html

  23. To tell you the truth, Star Wars is not my cup of tea, really… but this is just AWESOME! 😀

  24. 39 GD

    Humorous! The photographer must have boundless imagination.

    -GD
    My writing blog: http://shelleddreams.wordpress.com/

    Great post, I’m looking forward to more.

  25. Excelent pictures!!

  26. Hi-hat accident is hilarious…

    Absolutely funny!

  27. Very funny! My 6 yr. old who is obsessed w/ Star Wars right now loved this too.
    Thanks!

  28. I’ve been following Stéfan’s photos on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/sets/72157616350171741/with/3690934176/) and they are fabulous! It’s great to hear that he’s getting some recognition for his photos 🙂

    • 44 hmunro

      Stéfan deserves to be world-famous, as far as I’m concerned! I think he’s brilliant, both in his conceptual thinking, and as a photographer. Thanks for sharing the love! 🙂

  29. Absolutely wonderful! Such an expressive and droll look at the world and what a creative use of the basic action figure. Brilliant!

  30. This is hillarious – especially the last pic in the group – LMOA:)

  31. Caught some of these before, but I’ll be passing them all along to Middel Weasel, who nearly rivals my Star Wars Fandom….

  32. Thanks for shaaaaaaaring ! Too cool !

  33. I love the chalkboard one and the Titanic one. Amazing. well shot pictures.

    • 50 hmunro

      I agree with you: The photos are technically superb. Hats off to Stéfan. I wish I had half his skill as a photographer — and one-tenth his imagination. Thanks for reading!

  34. Awesome! Very unique. I love the pictures!

  35. Those pictures are hilarious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  36. Ha ha – great pics.

    I will find the droids I’m looking for 😎

  37. 55 letempspasse

    Wonderful post !
    Thanks for sharing.

  38. Wait… you mean this wasn’t out takes…

  39. Love these! The optician-type placard one is brilliant. Thanks for posting!

  40. 59 Anne

    Hilarious! The perfect actions figures to use too!

  41. aahhhhh! just what a i needed. thanks for the great pictures, hilarious captions and the tears from laughter. good stuff.

  42. Hahaha! 🙂 very entertaining! 😀

  43. haha, so cool. very creative~~

  44. I’m with you – I thought the so-called episodes 1-3 ruined the Star Wars saga and left them forever blighted for me as well. Loved the photos and glad you shared them with us today. Star Wars episodes 4-6 can now proudly rise above Jar Jar and all of George L’s other nonsense that tainted the series. Congrats on being FP’d!

    • 64 hmunro

      Hey there, huffygirl! How cool to find your note among the comments — as you know, I’m a big fan of yours! 🙂

      Thanks for brightening my day.

  45. the images are hilarious. I love star wars and I love this post. good job!

    • 67 hmunro

      I can’t take credit for the images, of course — but I”m glad you loved the post. Thank you!!

  46. 68 anissette

    I falled in love with Stormtroopers since I remember… now I’d see this… Oh mon Dieu ! Je les adore énormement ! Excellent post (:

    • 69 hmunro

      ¡Mil gracias por su comentario, anisette! ¿Usted prefiere escribir en español — ou en français? J’aime également les deux! Si quiere, por favor envíeme un email. J’aimerias, bien avoir “pen pal” en un idioma que no sea el inglés. Salut, et merci mille fois!

  47. Haha! My boss uses these photographs in her PowerPoint presentations, and it is hilarious! I always wondered where she got the pictures from.

  48. LOL at the Titanic pic. “Draw me like one of your Galactic Empire girls.” Haha

  49. 73 hissimplelook

    Very interesting!!

  50. You are right, the masks are the trick. What are those two thinking about anyway?

    I share your opinion on the new movies. Not the same, not the story.

  51. Way Hilarious!! Great job man:)

  52. 76 Kim

    I love those pictures!!!

  53. it’s a cool, brilliant idea’s, this pos would inspire me =)

  54. 78 robd2

    Are you allowed to republish the last 3 photographs or no? Im not sure if Stéfan le Du would be too happy about that.

    • 79 hmunro

      Fair question: rodb2. I don’t know how Stéfan le Du might feel about the publicity. But since all of these photos have already been published by Popular Photography, and The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph — and since I give him full attribution, plus a link to his Flickr page — I would hope he’d be OK with my post. But I’ll drop him a note just to make sure. Thanks for your comment!

  55. I especially love the ‘Titanic: Portrait Scene.’ These photos are an awesome find! If only life were this simple and amusing all the time!

  56. 81 Frances Yeo

    Haha, I love the photos. Thanks for sharing them and the link to the Flickr set. Will definitely show this to my boyfriend. =)

  57. 82 Zephyr

    Hahahaha oh my goodness!! Thank you so much for sharing these—they have made my night!!! I love the eye chart one… so funny.

  58. 83 Dreks

    The first time I saw Episode 1 in the theater, my uncle asked me how I liked it and I said, “Well, there really isn’t much to it.” I mean the acting is terrible, every time little Skywalker open’s his mouth I have to choke down my own vomit. The scene where Anakin’s mother explains she was impregnated by the force and gave birth as a virgin I laughed out loud. Nothing but flashy effects and poor dialog.

    PS – What’s up with Darth Maul, he has two or three small scenes the entire movie and then show’s up out of nowhere at the end, kills what’s his name and get’s sliced in half, he was absolutely pointless.

    PPS – I love the pictures, they made my day, thank you! My favorite is the Titanic one, that hit my funny bone pretty hard.

    dreksdreams.wordpress.com

  59. Lucu.. SEKALIH.. 😀

  60. Even though I am a Star Trek fan, I had to say these photos were beyond hilarious. I just started my blog (johnklake.wordpress.com) and this will be one of the first good posts to put up! Good looking out! John
    PS I want to see about doing something similar in my free time. Hopefully I could be just as funny with some Star Trek figures.

    • 86 hmunro

      I am *sure* you could be just as funny with your Star Trek figures. if you need a technical adviser, I can offer up my husband: He’s as good with Star Trek trivia as he is with action figures. 🙂

  61. Love the chalkboard one…

  62. I loved the Titanic one. Great post!

  63. 89 Anne Driscoll

    This is so hilarious! I love it! Love the Titanic pose!

  64. Loved the photos and the hi-hat accident! So creative and humorous. I have 50 of the original figures – mostly in their sealed packages. Since I have not been able to sell them, I am ready to create a whole new stop action story of my own. You are such an inspiration!

    • 91 hmunro

      I’m so glad you liked my post! Though I really must give Stéfan le Du all the props … he came up with the brilliant idea. But if you decide to do your own stop action story, please do drop me a note. I’d love to see what you come up with!

  65. This was just TOO FUNNY! I love the post! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed, definitely deserved it 🙂

    Edwin
    http://awkwardlist.com

    • 93 hmunro

      Hey, Edwin! Thanks so much for your kind words. I just visited your blog and it’s WONDERFUL. Thanks for starting my day with a laugh!

  66. haha hilarious!

  67. Very fun. . . and brings the joy of Star Wars back! Congrats on being FPed.

    • 96 hmunro

      Thanks so much, Patti! 🙂 Love your blog, by the way. Never thought I’d see a George Carlin reference and a post about hummingbirds on the same page. You’re my kind of gal!

  68. 97 Delorfinde

    Ha, that made me laugh! Thanks for a good start to the morning, and congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  69. Excellent….

  70. Love the blog and love the pictures, makes mine look a little weak …I need to start thinking outside the box !!!

    • 100 hmunro

      Your blog is *far* from weak, milezaway! (Loved your Venezuela photos!) One of the best lessons I’ve learned from blogging is that one musn’t compare oneself to other bloggers. It’s OK to draw inspiration, of course, but it’s important to remain true to one’s voice. So keep up your admirable work — and an enormous thanks for your kind words.

  71. So cute and funny! 😀

  72. Oh, these are greats. I totally agree with you that George Lucas is out of his nutter and needs to stop killing Star Wars right away. Though I love it when I see something like this which uses the characters in a new and humorous way.

    Have you seen Robot Chicken Star Wars? I think you would love it.

    • 103 hmunro

      Congratulations on being the first to mention Robot Chicken! Yes, I’ve seen it — and yes, I love it! Hardware Wars is pretty good, as well. I especially love the underside of the flying iron as an Imperial Cruiser. Anyway … thanks for reading!

  73. Yeah, agreed those troopers with masks on makes it easy for it to adapt to various mood and atmosphere 🙂

  74. Wow, impressed.

  75. Awesome post, fantastic photographs. Love the Stormtrooper forced to write lines on the blackboard! I can’t claim to come close to these pictures, but I’ll shamelessly plug the adventures of Indiana Potato Head at my blog… ( http://wp.me/p1tKEc-iE )

    • 107 hmunro

      Ha! Love your concept! Also love your description of yourself — “matador,” in particular. Very fetching. 🙂

  76. Now these are creative and funny! As kids, my brother and I were really into Star Wars. It’s hilarious to see these photos of Stormtroopers in odd situations. But, hey, why can’t they enjoy chicken nuggets, crepes, and Toblerone?

    • 109 hmunro

      Chicken nuggets, crepes, and a Toblerone …. sounds like the meal of my dreams. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  77. star wars action figures are cool but your pictures and captions made them super-cool and funny! congrats!

    • 111 hmunro

      Thanks, island traveler! I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the captions, though — Stéfan le Du gets credit for those, too! 🙂

  78. Great post! Stéfan’s photos are great. The photos remind me of a blog I follow called ‘a LEGO a day’. You should check it out!

    http://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/

    • 113 hmunro

      Thanks for sharing the LEGO link, Claire! Lots of creative, hilarious stuff there too. 🙂

  79. Very Fun! I only watched the first two, then I was the same about the more “modern” prequel. That was NOT Star Wars worthy. I may have to re-blog this for all of my Star Wars junky fans! Have a great weekend !!!

  80. Wow! How long have I NOT been looking at these pictures?

    • 117 hmunro

      I know what you mean. My life had been so empty, somehow, until I saw Stéfan’s hilarious photos.

  81. that was amazing…
    do you have more?

  82. This is hilarious!!

  83. This is a great story and fun illustration of the droids playfulness.

  84. Most excellent! Hilarious photos, thanks for posting

  85. Hope ya don’t mind that I tweeted this. Those little creatures are hysterical when put together like that. Never would have stumbled upon this if it didn’t come up in Freshly Pressed! but I’m glad I did.
    Love,
    A fellow fan of the distant galaxies

    • 124 hmunro

      Naw, I don’t at all mind being tweeted. Glad my post brought a smile — and thanks for sharing the love!

  86. That just made my day.

  87. great post! I have seen these pics before and love them! Thanks for sharing.

  88. Lol this is genius!!! Thanks for sharing

  89. lol. great!

  90. Fun photos! Stormtroopers are lots fun… Ever since I picked up on the ‘expanded universe’ books in the 1990’s I’ve enjoyed the parody of Stormtroopers (and truth be told, Episode I marked more than just a story telling problem and marketing focus… It ended some of the better quality stuff we used to see in the 1990’s from Lucas Arts PC games and West End Games losing their license to Wizards of the Coast… Destroying the Role Playing Game…. Something this geek isn’t going to forget….). I’ve got a friend on Deviant Art that by far has one of the funniest Stormtrooper pictures yet… If you get a chance check it out: http://velox-mortis.deviantart.com/gallery/119840

  91. Thanks for sharing, I love any bigger context for Star Wars – also amazing: the animated Lego graphics of Darth Vader in the canteen of the Death Star (although it is really old)…thanks again, made me smile.

  92. these were really great thanks for the posting, I will include you as a mention when i repost this on my blog http://www.visualover.com

  93. 132 I was told there would be no math

    Priceless!! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!!

  94. Great post! Now I’m thinking about where I placed all my old toys and placing them in nontraditional spots. Thanks for sharing! and congratulations in being Freshly Pressed! Can I reblog this? 🙂

    • 134 hmunro

      Glad you enjoyed this! Please feel free to repost (thanks for asking!). And good luck finding your old action figures!

  95. OMG, I f**kin LOVE it! So funny. This is first time I have EVER laughed out loud checking out a blog. Brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing, this has made my day. xx

    • 136 hmunro

      … and your comment made *my* day, my darling! Thanks so much.

  96. 137 aannurefendi

    I like it…

  97. This is absolutely awesome. Thanks for posting this, 🙂

    Also, as a kid reared on Empire Strikes Back, I too feel utterly betrayed by the trash that is this “New Trilogy.” Shameful stuff. So, again, thanks for posting this, 🙂

  98. LOL! I recently purchased the “Many faces of Darth Vader” t-shirt for my son – our whole family are fans….but, since I’m only girl in a houseful of males, I wonder….
    Just what I could accomplish with my video camera and Barbie – –
    The first year hubby bought me a Barbie for Christmas was the year the boys got GI Joes with all the trimmings: boat, car, motorbike, weapons galore….

    Tears in my eyes for my precious Barbie, I thanked hubby for the well planned and thoughtful gift.

    His reply?

    “Well, GI Joe had to have someone to hold as a hostage or someone to look hot while riding in the convertible.”

    I give up! LOL

  99. thanks! 🙂

  100. Got here by chance as your blog is on the FP, and I don’t regret it one bit. Great blog!

    I was intrigued by the title as my 3-year old is a big fan of both Toy Story and Star Wars (although he has never seen a Star Wars movie, proof that Lucas’ marketing strategy works).

    I hooked off after Episode I, never came back for II and III, for me, it had lost the magic of Episodes IV, V and VI, or are we just being nostalgic here?

    Loved the pictures too. Will definately come back regularly to read more.

  101. 143 everydaycola

    Hahahahahahaha… just so much fun… I am so glad I stepped somewhere and fell on your blog, good one, can’t stop laughin’ though !

  102. Wow my God ! It just made my day ! Nice done ! I’ll share it.

    • 146 hmunro

      Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire ! Ça fait beaucoup de plaisir — et j’adore votre “avatar.” C’est vraiment beau, ça. Bonne journée !

  103. Wow. That was funny and unexpected. Haven’t heard about them for quite some time now. It was easy to lose interest. These pictures were phenomenal and more than hysterical. Great post. And congrats on FP!

    • 148 hmunro

      Thanks, Logophile! Funny and unexpected are good — especially when they happen together. And thanks for your kind words. Being FP has been a bit overwhelming this time, but in a good (funny and unexpected!) way. Cheers!

  104. I’m so glad to see storm troopers gainfully employed again. Things have been tough since the empire fell. a great post.

  105. This was absolutely the funniest thing that I have seen! I have forwarded your blog link to so many people and they all agree! YOU ROCK! It is amazing what you can do with little action figures – Keep up the great work! I especially loved the chicken mcnugget one! I am still laughing my head off over those photos! Thanks for sharing! Nikita from http://www.nikitaland.wordpress.com

    • 152 hmunro

      Thanks so much for forwarding my URL! But to be clear, I’m not the genius behind those photos. The credit goes to Stéfan le Du, whose work I link to in my post. 🙂

  106. I still can’t get over the fact that my parents threw away all my Star Wars figures from when I was a kid. Look at all the fun I could be having!

  107. HAHA this is hilarious!!!! (:

  108. 155 Débora Palma

    Muito legal hahaha parabéns! Ótimas fotos (:

    Thanks 4 sharin’

  109. 157 Safa

    awesome!!!

  110. That’s so funny! I’ve always wanted to try pictures like that, but I don’t have the camera for it!

  111. ROFL! This made my day!
    I love the height difference in” The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome”.
    Brilliant!

  112. 160 realanonymousgirl2011

    I’m not a Star Wars fan but these are frickin’ hilarious!

  113. I never would have thought of Storm Troopers in such a fun way! I’d like to see what this guy could do with a whole Company’s worth of soldiers?! The more the merrier right, 100+ soldiers in a picture such as these could be hilarious!

    • 162 hmunro

      I’m with ya, Noah: I’d love to see what Stéfan could do with 100 action figs. Maybe we should take up a collection and start building him an army?!

  114. Funny! I love those two lounging on the sleeping cat.

    • 164 hmunro

      it’s a perfect shot, isn’t it? Though I agree with the previous reader who wrote, “I’d hate to be there when the cat wakes up …” 🙂

  115. hahaha! so funny and entertaining. Got me thinking what to do with my son’s toys 😀

    • 166 hmunro

      Yah. Stéfan le Du kind of takes the “action figure” concept to a whole new level doesn’t he? 🙂

  116. hahahha great post!!
    http://rodposse.com/

    • p.s. nice pictures!

      • 169 hmunro

        All credit for the incredibly inventive photos goes to Stéfan le Du. I highly recommend his Flickr page (link provided in the blog post). Thanks for reading — and especially for commenting!


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