Western Animation: Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball
was already Reference Overdosed
, so Seth MacFarlane
decided to take that Up to Eleven
, and recreate the whole original Star Wars
Thus the episode "Blue Harvest"note
recreated A New Hope
, and was a commercial and critical success. Then came "Something Something Something Dark Side"note
recreating The Empire Strikes Back
, and finally "It's A Trap!"note
recreating Return of the Jedi
. Any other films are up in the air. It was joked that the since-cancelled Cleveland Show
could do the prequels (but it looks like they are doing Die Hard
The cast includes:
- Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker
- Peter Griffin as Han Solo
- Lois Griffin as Princess Leia
- Meg Griffin as the Dianoga, the Asteroid Slug, and the Sarlaac.
- Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader
- Brian Griffin as Chewbacca
- Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO
- Cleveland Brown as R2-D2
- Joe Swanson as Biggs Darklighter, the Probe Droid on Hoth, and Jabba the Hutt
- Herbert as Obi Wan Kenobi
- Carter Pewterschmidt as both Uncle Owen and The Emperor
- Babs Pewterschmidt as Aunt Beru
- Ernie the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett
- Mayor Adam West as Governor Tarkin
- Mort Goldman as both a Jawa and Lando Calrissian
- Consuela as Jabba's security droid
- Carl the convenience store clerk as Yoda
- Angela as Mon Mothma
- Bruce as Admiral Piett and Greedo
- James Woods as General Veers
- From American Dad!:
- Klaus the goldfish as Admiral Ackbar
- Roger as Moff Jerjerrod
- From The Cleveland Show
- Rallo as Nien Nunb
- Tim the Bear as Wicket
Provides examples of:
- Acting Unnatural: In the first episode Peter-as-Han cautions Chris-as-Luke to "play it cool" when they're sneaking off to rescue Lois-as-Leia. This apparently entails slouching along jazzily to the strains of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher".
- Then used to spoof Han's "fly casual" line in the third episode, as the shuttle actually walks past the Star Destroyer while whistling.
- Adam Westing: Rush Limbaugh doing a spoof of his show as if it was in the Star Wars universe.
- He also shows up in It's A Trap as the Rancor.
- Surprisingly Adam West doesn't do this.
- Affably Evil: Darth Stewie is this to some of the enemies, and out and out friendly to Chris/Luke in "It's a Trap!"
- Affectionate Parody
- Big Blackout: Used in the frame story to justify Peter Griffin telling the Star Wars stories. True to form, once his reciting the story ends, the power comes back on. Lampshaded by Stewie:
Stewie: What are we in, Iraq? This happens entirely too often!
- Bloodier and Gorier: It's a Trap! ups the level of violence a good deal from the previous two installments.
- Breaking In Old Habits: Chris/Luke Skywalker gets a replacement hand. The doctor tells him "Practice on a hot dog first. Otherwise you might rip your dick off."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Brought Home the Wrong Kid: In Blue Harvest, Peter mentions that he and Lois got halfway home with the afterbirth before going back to the hospital and swapping it out for Meg.
- The Bus Came Back: One episode of the show had a running gag of a character who would constantly call Peter a phony. Despite being only in one episode, for one gag, nine years earlier, he was brought back for Something Something Something The Dark Side as Admiral Ozzel.
- But I Digress: The opening scroll for "It's a Trap" goes into an unrelated rant instead of talking about the plot: "Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in order toó okay, you know what, we donít care. We were thinking of not even doing this one. Fox made us do it. When we did Blue Harvest, they said, "Oh, you guys are crazy." They tried to talk us out of it, and it ended up making a ton of money. By then we were just finishing Empire, and we were absolutely exhausted. But Fox suddenly had dollar signs in their eyes, and they said, "Seth, if you donít do Jedi, weíre not gonna let you leave to go direct your movie." Iím sorry. I took a muscle relaxer earlier and itís kicking in. Iím just so stressed because thereís been a car parked in front of my house for three straight days and thereís a pillow in the back seat. And Iíve never seen anyone get in or out of it, but it moves a couple feet one way or the other each day. Wouldnít it be funny if it was a bunch of raccoons living in there, moving it? You know, with their little paws on the steering wheel? And then another one working the brake and the gas? And the steering wheel racoon and the pedal racoon have to talk back and forth to each other Ďcause the brake pedal guy canít see the road? Iím gonna keep thinking that, Ďcause I know really itís probably a car bum. Look, just do me a huge favor and lower your expectations, okay? Just this one time. I promise Iíll make it up to you. I mean, Star Wars, fine. Empire óstill not bad. But on this one we ran out of gas. Seriously, we let the assistant write it. Hell, even the Fed Ex guy got a joke in, and he calls the baby "Steve." Anyway, hereís Return of the Jedi starring Steve as Darth Vader."
- The Cameo: Coach McGuirk makes an appearance at the Mos Eisley Pub.
- Cold Opening: Each installment begins with the Griffin family watching various television programs before the lights go out.
- Crossover: Characters from American Dad! and The Cleveland Show are in the third episode.
- This is lampshaded by Stewie (as Vader) at the beginning of the third episode when Roger appears. Stewie is surprised and says something to the effect of "It's you [Roger]? Are we really out of our own characters? We have to use you?"
- In the background in the Mos Eisley cantina, we see Coach McGuirk from Home Movies, Roger from American Dad!, and Bender from Futurama.
- Darker and Edgier: During It's a Trap!, Han!Peter outright admits that he's trying to invoke this trope, because he's sick of the cutesy Ewoks.
Han/Peter: Alright, I want you to go outside, take off those helmets and dig your own graves with them!
Leia/Lois: ...Han, isn't that a little dark?
Han/Peter: SHUT UP! There's enough cutesy crap in this movie. I think we all need this!
- Dirty Old Man: Obi-Wan is this in the special, owing to who he is portrayed by (Old Man Herbert).
- DVD Commentary
- The Elevator from Ipanema: In "Blue Harvest", an elevator muzak version of "The Imperial March" plays when the protagonists are in the elevator.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked. Plenty of head scratching moments from the movies are pointed out.
- Funny Afro: That Cleveland/R2-D2 even has one.
- Gangsta Style: Cleveland/R2 shooting a TIE Fighter that way.
"Yeah-heah! That's how we do it in my
- Go Through Me: Quoth Aunt Beru - "Over my burnt carcass."
- History Marches On: The DVD release of It's a Trap features a throwaway gag of Osama bin Laden popping up in the middle of the Tatooine desert to announce "Still alive!" Less than three weeks before the television premiere, this ceased to be so. The sequence was edited out of the televised version.
- Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: It looks like—-no, is the first Fourth Doctor opening of Doctor Who.
- I Like Those Odds:
C-3PO/Quagmire: Sir, the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 2-1!
- I'm a Humanitarian: In "It's a Trap", the scene from Jedi where an Ewok is killed in battle and another Ewok nudges him to no avail is parodied: After a couple nudges, the live Ewok starts eating the dead Ewok.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy : In "Blue Harvest", when the group are fleeing the Death Star, no one is ever hit, even when Han (Peter) and Chewie (Brian) spend about 25 seconds standing at the doorway trying to get a couch through the door.
- Incest Is Relative: The squicky implications of Leia's line that she "somehow always knew" Luke was her brother are discussed. She reveals that it's no big deal back on Alderaan, comparing it to the American deep south.
- Lampshade Hanging
- A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: Parodied in all three specials:
Blue Harvest: "A long time ago, but somehow in the future..."
Something, Something, Something, Dark Side: "A long time ago, when the gays weren't all in your face about it..."
- May the Farce Be with You
- Mobile Fishbowl: In It's a Trap! Admiral Ackbar is a fish that pilots a robot body from a water filled globe at the head.
- Motivational Lie: Subverted in Something, Something Dark Side. One Imperial soldiers asks what the rebels did that was so bad anyway, and Stewie claims that the rebels killed the dog of another crew member. It seems like an obvious lie, but later on Peter and Brian celebrate that time they killed that dog.
- N-Word Privileges: Spoofed. This is the original scene in The Empire Strikes Back:
Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder! Han Solo:
- And the scene in Something, Something, Something Dark Side:
Lois: Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!
Peter: *hits Lois* You can't use that word! Only we can use that word!
Peter: You my nerf-herder!
Brian: No, you my nerf-herder!
- May be a partly justified spoof, since it's canon within the Family Guy series that Peter has black ancestry. May have been a Callback to that fact.
- Noodle Incident: Several, with three occurring in "Blue Harvest," both involving Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert:
- The first was in the scene where Obi Wan/Old Man Herbert receives the SOS signal from Princess Leia/Lois Griffin, where the latter mentions that (Obi-Wan) owes her for keeping several Alderaanian children silent for obviously sexual reasons, but the only thing we got out of her was "Joey Lawrence Haircut" due to Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert fast forwarding through the details due to Luke Skywalker/Chris Griffin being nearby.
- The second was when Darth Vader/Stewie Griffin encounters and duels Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert, where it is mentioned that Vader/Stewie had placed a restraining order on Obi-Wan/Herbert with a distance limit of 50 yards for reasons unspecified.
- Obi-Wan/Herbert also briefly mentioned something about sock puppets when telling Luke/Chris to use the Force to place the proton torpedos into the Death Star's thermal exhaust port that he entertained Luke/Chris with as a kid, but elaborates no further other than warning him not to mention the sock puppet shows because it would get him into trouble if he mentioned them.
- No OSHA Compliance: The alarming lack of railings on the platform next to the Death Star planet-blower-upper gun is lampshaded.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Brian notes Lando is wearing Han's clothes, and then looks at the audience and tells them to watch Empire again, as it actually does happen in the real movie.
- Off with His Head!: Chris/Luke does this to Danny Elfman. See Take That below.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Need proof that Cleveland's voiced by a white guy? Look no further than R2's pronunciation of "2-pack"'s name in Blue Harvest.
- Orchestral Bombing: Most notable during the Millennium Falcon/TIE-Fighter battle. Peter/Han sings along to it.
- Overly Long Gag: Most spoofing actual scenes from the movies.
- Parody Assistance: George Lucas helped production, as he's a fan (and stated Family Guy and Jackass are the only TV shows he regularly watches).
- Pimped Out TIE Fighter
- Punch Clock Villain: One of the Imperial guards pleading with Peter/Han says he just does data entry.
- Reference Overdosed: It's still Family Guy, so this can't be left out.
- The Smurfette Principle: To the point where the guys are shocked when Mon Mothma appears (done by a character voiced by Carrie Fisher).
- The DVD commentary for "It's a Trap" mentions that Fisher was initially reluctant to voice for the special, but relented when she came to the conclusion that she'd be playing Angela and not Leia.
- Before Mon Mothma shows up, this is lamp shaded in Obi-wan's reveal of Leia as Luke's sister: "Think about it. Who's the only damn woman in this whole freaking galaxy?!"
- And as soon as Mon Mothma shows up, Leia immediately declares "I don't like her" before Mon Mothma even has a chance to say anything. Somehow, Leia is threatened by there being another person of her gender in the galaxy.
- Something Else Also Rises: Herbert's lightsaber is limp until he sees Chris. At that point it... throbs.
- SpaceX: The Opening Crawl for the first special ends with "Princess Leia was coming back from buying space groceries when this happened..."
- Then there's this dialogue in the same special:
Tom Tucker: What's the weather like, Ollie?
Ollie: SPACE WEATHER!
Tom Tucker: Thanks, Ollie.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Biggs, mostly because he wasn't able to take off for the battle due to an unspecified injury that resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair.
- Take That: Some spoofs of this, some straight ones, like at Danny Elfman.
- A giant one towards Fox in the text crawl of Something Something Something Dark Side, saying how the network that cancelled a lot of good shows in Seth's opinion didn't deserve the time and money it invests. Which it then furthered the point by interrupting the crawl to have a CG purple elephant waltz across the screen just to waste money.
Text Crawl: Did you see that? Know what that cost? $58,000. I mean, what a waste. It wasn't even that funny. That's $58,000 that could have gone to curing leukemia. Or muscular dystrophy. Or... what does Michael J. Fox have? That.
- Also done at the end of It's a Trap! towards the series creator Seth McFarlane, by Chris, Lois, and Meg as revenge for Peter Griffin constantly ripping down Robot Chicken.
- Some of the jokes in It's a Trap seem a little less...affectionate parody than the other two.
Peter: Did they braid your hair?
Lois: I know, it's not as good as Empire.
- This Is Gonna Suck: At the beginning of "It's a Trap", the family doesn't seem so thrilled once they realize they have to go through Jedi.
Stewie: (annoyed) We're about to do Jedi, aren't we?
Peter: (wearily) Let's just get through this.
- Also done during the text crawl.
"You know what, we donít care. We were thinking of not even doing this one. Fox made us do it."
- Title Drop: "It's a trap! Also, whose cat?"
- Universal-Adaptor Cast
- Unusual Euphemism: "Save Yub Nub note for me. Come to think of it, you can also shave your yub nub for me."
- Whole Plot Reference
- Written-In Infirmity: In-Universe example with Blue Harvest. Because Biggs Darklighter was portrayed by Joe Swanson, Biggs Darklighter was confined to a wheelchair. He explains that he got an injury from an accident regarding his repairing a Y-Wing that left him paralyzed.
- You And What Lightning Hands?