Disney, Star Wars and Guns ‘n’ Roses, Together at Last!

Back in 1987, Disney and Star Wars first came together with Disneyland’s Star Tours ride, the first such attraction based on a non-Disney film. That same year, Guns ‘n’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction, an album with a slew of rock hits, including Welcome to the Jungle, the second single off that album (a song that got a big boost from the “Dirty Harry” film The Dead Pool).

We would have to wait until 2011 for Disney, Star Wars and G’n’R to join together and form a triumvirate of awesomeness. In case your brain refuses to accept what’s happening in the video above, it’s Welcome to the Jungle featuring the Mos Eisley Cantina Band as backup dancers, Chewbacca as Axl Rose and the Ewoks as guitarists and percussionists (they’re playing on the helmets — or is it decapitated heads? — of fallen stormtroopers and TIE fighter pilots).

I normally don’t go for the live entertainment at Disney parks, but this one I’d love to see.

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Betty White, Jedi Master

This image actually had me rolling out of my chair laughing. Click it to see it at full size:

Betty White, in a forest wielding dual lightsabers, as the spirits of Rue Mclanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty in Jedi Master garb, look on, a la "Return of the Jedi"

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What I’d Like for Chrismukah, Part 1: A Millennium Falcon Bed

millennium falcon bed

The Millennium Falcon bed is a great gift for the Star Wars fan in your life. Think of the new, sordid wrinkles that classic lines from the movies take on when uttered in it!

  • Han Solo, at Mos Eisley Spaceport: "She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself."
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi, upon seeing the Death Star: “That’s no moon!”
  • The Death Star attack briefing: “The approach will not be easy. You are required to maneuver straight down this trench and skim the surface to this point. The target area is only two meters wide. It’s a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction…”
  • Han Solo, during the attack on the Death Star: “You’re all clear kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!”
  • Princess Leia, upon first seeing the Millennium Falcon: “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.”

millennium falcon bed lit up


Boba Fett, Accordionist

And yes, he was playing the Star Wars theme…

boba fett accordionistFound thanks to Chiamattt at “celesterstallone’s” Tumblr.

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Actually, This Explains a Lot

Suddenly, Star Wars makes a lot more sense…


[Thanks to CaptainMarvel for the pic!]

Internet Finds

Force by Northwest

I love Jim Hance’s painting that adds a little Star Wars to the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, titled Force by Northwest:

Jim Hance's "Force by Northwest" (Cary Grant running from a TIE fighter) Click the painting to see it at full size.

On the painting’s page on the Artbreak site, it says “Acrylic on wood board painting, scanned and digitally manipulated.” Signed prints are available!

In case you don’t recognize the scene, here’s a still from the scene that inspired it:

The "Jimmy Stewart running from the crop duster" scene in "North by Northwest"

And here’s the scene:

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A Busy Day

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

It’s a busy, meeting-filled day for Yours Truly down at the local headquarters for The Empire. Here’s a (slightly edited) photo that I took at our big Evangelism team meeting around 3:30 this afternoon: