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Hardware Wars is a 1978 short film parody of a teaser trailer for the science fiction film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The thirteen-minute film, which was released almost 18 months after Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, consisted of little more than inside jokes and visual puns that heavily depended upon audience familiarity with the original. The theme song is Richard Wagner‘s famous “Ride of the Valkyries“.

The film begins with the text “Meanwhile — in another part of the galaxy — later that same day”. A household steam iron flies through space, fleeing a toaster, which fires toast at it. Two robots named 4-Q-2 (who looks like the Tin Man from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz) and Arty-Deco (a canister vacuum cleaner), escape from the evil Empire. After launching from the ship (a cassette player) in an escape pod (a cassette tape), they land on a desert planet (a watermelon). They are found by young Fluke Starbucker (played by future multi-platinum award-winning music producer Scott Mathews) who finds a video message saved on Arty-Deco. It is a loop of Princess Anne-Droid saying “Help me, Augie Ben Doggie, you’re my only hope.” Upon meeting Augie “Ben” Doggie (of the venerable Red-Eye Knights), Fluke receives his father’s lightsaber (a flashlight). After tricking the Imperial Steam Trooper guards (steam cabinets) to let them into the city, they reach a cantina, which Fluke describes as “too weird”. The cantina is a country-and-western bar, where they meet space renegade Ham Salad and Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster (a puppet that resembles Cookie Monster from Sesame Street). Meanwhile, the villainous Darph Nader is interrogating the Princess. When she refuses to talk (mainly because she can’t understand him; his speech is muffled by his welder’s mask), he destroys her peaceful home planet, BasketballHardware Wars - Star Wars Fan Film_s.jpg

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