2005, Poznań. A young, talented filmmaker buys his first animation program.
The rest is history.
Okay, that's not a good description. Start again.
Stars in Black started out as a self-teaching project of Stanisław Mąderek (website: http://stars-in-black.pl/ ), a young, talented (and aware of it) director/cameraman/music-maker/actor/etc, who wanted to make sci-fi movies. Just like Star Wars! As Mąderek is definitely One of Us and his budget was essencially what he had left in his pocket, the result is 4 minutes long trailer of a movie we all know, but have never seen. See it here.
Later on, as a part of a filmmaking workshop on a convention, Staszek (helped by the convention people) made a sequel (see here), afterwards he filmed a slightly less silly (but more actiony) advertisement for educational CDs (here), and has been, for some years, engaging in a bigger project: a full-lenght whacky sci-fi movie, which didn't come out in 2016. Fingers crossed?
Tropes found in the original Stars in Black
- Action Girl: "You are Sam Solo?."
- Affectionate Nickname: "Friends call him Staszek".
- Affectionate Parody: Of Star Wars and other things.
- Alien Invasion: Makes Just as Much Sense in Context
- Bad Vibrations: Subverted Trope, it's T-Rap stomping so hard you can see it in a cup.
- Big Bad:
- Blooper: Starting from 4:02.
- Born Lucky: Staszek, of course.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The fourth wall is very sturdy here... sturdy enough to crash a ship.
- Bullet Time: The Men in Black try to shoot Star Factor. Matrixy bullet dodging ensues.
- Cool Shades: Guess who?
- The Charmer: Put Staszek in a room with a girl... Borders on The Casanova.
- Chase Scene: We've seen this canyon before... And this tunnel.
- The Danza: Star Factor vel Staszek, the super agent/Jedi/world-saver extraordinaire, played by Stanisław "Staszek" Mąderek.
- The Don: Żaba.
- The Dragon: "Count Mol. Evil Jedi!"
- Faceless Goons: One is a Mini Mook.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: Several (familiar...) starships warp into view in the first scene.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Yo man! Que pasa?
- The Hero: Staszek. (He's fast).
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Against the agents.
- Hologram Projection Imperfection: The Emperor is only seen through a star-warsy hologram. We don't know why.
- I Work Alone: "Not this time."
- Lost in Translation: Polish word "Żaba" means "frog" but also sounds similar to Jabba. Subtitles lose this reference by simply calling Żaba "Frog"
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Pokes fun at Star Wars, The Matrix, Sienkiewicz Trilogy...
- Matrix Raining Code: The opening. The opening, oh yes.
- Memetic Mutation: "Staszek szybki jest." translation
- The Men in Black: Probably escapees from The Matrix, but we're not sure.
- Ninja Prop: Phone numbers in the end.
- Non-Human Sidekick: T-Rap.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: As befits the duel scene, but the lyrics are actually "Walnij, walnij, walnij Mola. Walnij, walnij, walnij go!" translation
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Part of it is a techno version of "Sto lat".
- Shout-Out: The alien tank is apparently designated "Rudy".
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: The narrator (this Jedi-cosplaying guy) speaks his own, unique variety of Polish.
- Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Of the Imperium,
stolenappropriated from the Galactic Empire, apparently.
- Soft Focus: The "sex" scene.
- Takes One to Kill One: "Only Jedi defeat Jedi..."
- Thanks for the Mammary: "I know that laugh."
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: "Stop! Stop! Wrong Shot is!"
- What a Piece of Junk: The Falcon, naturally.
Tropes found in Revenge of Staszek:
- Acceptable Targets: Pałac Kultury i Nauki. And Jar-Jar.
- Affectionate Parody: Of the Prequel Trilogy, though various Shout Outs abound.
- The Alcoholic: R2D2.
- Ambiguously Gay: C-3PO is so, so camp.
- Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Palpatine playing with a huge globe-balloon, much like Chaplin did in The Great Dictator.
- Cluster F-Bomb: R2D2. Good thing he has C-3PO around to remind him about Moral Guardians...
- Deathbringer the Adorable: The wookie. He pulls people's arms out of their sockets when he's upset.
- Fun with Acronyms: Super Holographic Interactive Television... Suubtle.
- Generic Graffiti: On the walls of the Academy. Also Sweetie Graffiti ("I love Gosia Wilżyńska")
- Inadvertent Entrance Cue: Anytime anyone says they didn't expect something, the ambulance crew from Łódź unexpectedly appears.
- Insistent Terminology: He is Borg. Jean-Luc Borg. Not a robot.
- I Sense a Disturbance in the Force: Obi-wan, when Jar-Jar breaks the fourth wall.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Parodied. Don't say you didn't expect it.
- Kids Are Cruel: What made The Slacker into Darth Vader? Getting a teaching job at the Academy.
- Last-Second Word Swap: "We'd like to assimi- invite you to our station."
- London Gangster: Appears randomly.
- Mind over Matter: Makes filing much easier.
- Opening Scroll: Parodied Trope.
- The Pigpen: Annie is sort of... scruffy in his crumpled Jedi robe. Remains scruffy as Darth Dustbin.
- Running Gag: "Nobody expects the ambulance from Łódź!"
- The Slacker: Anakin, till Padme makes him get a job.
- Something Completely Different: 4:52 - cut to Staszek arguing with the Producer.
- Start of Darkness: Anakin converts, force-choking the students. Massacre.
- Take That!: "How would you like Jar-Jar to die?"
- Tempting Fate: "How could he convert to the Dark Side in the Academy?" Sure enough, in the next scene...
- Vader Breath: Caused by a wastepaper basket on his head. Shouldn't be funny. Why do we still laugh?
Tropes found in the (trailers) of the actual movie:
- The Bartender: The blonde girl. She doesn't wanna know...
- The Cameo: Lots and lots of Polish celebrities, mostly comedians.
- Car Fu
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: And shooting. And participating in exciting chases.
- Hospital Hottie:Hot intern: Some men this age are still... You know...
Professor: Well, I don't. But I'll be happy to discuss this, if you have... time... [goofy smiles from both]
- Leeroy Jenkins: Staszek, after declaring "No duels!"
- Mind over Matter
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: These guys may be dentists...
- Narrator: Bajka, with Dramatic Wind and everything.
- Title Drop: "We are like those stars... in black."
- Three-Point Landing
Tropes found in the Strefa Mocy commercial:.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Even if they're robots.
- Always Save the Girl: Even if she's the enemy, although Belligerent Sexual Tension seems to be occurring here.
- Bare Your Midriff: Rosa Nera. She has rather Villainous Fashion Sense.
- Barrier Warrior: Staszek has a holo-shield or something.
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Or parrying, since it's a lightsaber duel.
- Dodge the Bullet: With obligatory Bullet Time.
- Double Take: "He's in the hangar!"
- The Driver: Sam Solo has little to do in this one.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Not that they manage to hit Star Factor's Space Fighter...
- Human Aliens: A comment by Rosa Nera suggests Star Factor is, in fact, the only human here.
- Indy Hat Roll: With the backpack.
- Lampshade Hanging: "We don't have to fight." "What? A movie without Climax?"
- MacGuffin: The EduROMs are a source of all knowledge. note
- Mission Control: Through a star-warsy hologram.
- No Animals Were Harmed: No EduROMs were harmed. Really.
- Oh, Crap!: "Star Factor. Waaah!". And later: "Lady! It's Star Factor!"
- Old-School Dogfight: With Explosions in Space.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Techno remix of "Sto lat" strikes again.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: By organic mooks and Mecha-Mooks.
- Standard Establishing Spaceship Shot
- The Unintelligible: The robot sidekick, as the tradition dictates.
- Three-Point Landing: Four Point Landing. With some serious spinning.
- Used Future
- Weight and Switch: Turns on a Descending Ceiling with Spikes of Doom.
- We Meet Again: Star Factor is not shaken by it...
- We Will Meet Again: Rosa Nera hopes so.