Category Archives: SciFi

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Disney may have been the ones to resurrect the all but dead Star Wars franchise after the disastrous prequels. But that doesn’t mean that the irony of a company known for “Where Dreams Come true” and happy endings and cartoon princesses running the Star Wars-verse isn’t lost on us.Clipboard01

 

Pistol Shrimps decided to take the marriage of franchises a step further and see what would happen if Disney decision to go full cross over for The Force Awakens. the results are…weird. Really weird. Like, you’re going to need to watch this a couple of times to process all the weirdness. Happy Friday!

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Downton Wars II: The Evil Butler Strikes Back

Back last spring, we brought you the first installment of Robert James-Collier’s brainchild Downton Wars. The project was to raise money for charity, and he said if they raised enough part two would be forthcoming.

Not only did they raise enough to hit the target of £10,000, they actually smashed the original target goal to wind up with £15,000+.

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So here now is Downton Wars II: The Evil Butler Strikes Back. ‎Brendan Coyle returns as Obe-Wan Bates. As well as guest starring most of the downstairs staff, AND Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton! (With a cameo by Hugh Bonneville.)

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Off Duty Storm Troopers

These photographs are from artist Jorge Perez Higuera. Entitled The Other Side, it is a study of the daily routine in other men’s lives.

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From his website:

Thus, the working class bases its daily routine on what is needed whereas the upper class does it on what is desired according to its preferences and cultural demands. As a response to such contrast, Thornstein B. Veblen proposed the existence of a new social class, “the leisure class”, promoting it as the social class that lets the others perform the less pleasant tasks to be able to carry out the most appealing ones.

The Other Side represents the routine of diverse individuals in order to manifest the importance of daily routine by decontextualizing a fictional character and showing its adaptation to our world.  

More of the banality of a day in the life of the oppressor, after the jump.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Force Friday

In case you haven’t heard, today the 4th will be with you. But it’s not May the 4th, the organic holiday that sprung up in the Star Wars community in the last decade. Today is a different fourth. One invented by Disney, to go along with their marketing department’s plans for total Star Wars world domination.

Yesterday’s drop of the BB-8 toy and leaks of Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren masks were no accident. They were simply the run up to today’s opening salvo of marketing insanity, as Star Wars releases tons of toys and merch today for The Force Awakes, including an 18 hour YouTube stream of toy unboxing. As anyone who has paid attention to pop culture in the past few years is doubtlessly aware, Disney is ruthless in marketing their A List properties. Every major movie drop comes with a full six-week onslaught preparing the way. Star Wars, which doesn’t come out for another three and a half months, is starting today.

Star Wars fans shop at a toy store at midnight in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 as part of the global event called "Force Friday" to release new Star Wars toys and other merchandise of the new movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The massive marketing blitz spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global “unboxing” streamed live on YouTube. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Let me for a moment pull the curtain back and talk about the sausage we here at Anibundel make on a daily basis for your consumption. In today’s blogging economy, entertainment sites of all stripes are content churners. We have to be relentlessly posting all the time. Ads want eyeballs, eyeballs want content and content wants new information. Savvy marketing departments like Disney, and others, use this to their advantage. The run up to releases can last four weeks for smaller properties, like Inside Out, while larger ones like Age of Ultron, go for a full six. During the onslaught period, information is released everyday, without fail, whether it be a new interview, a new trailer, new tie in products, a new clip, a behind the scenes CGI breakdown of said new clip, and on and on. The idea is to make sure there is at least one thing a day that entertainment sites will post which will keep their upcoming release date forefront and above the din of the internet. Disney’s current six-week campaign–in case you haven’t noticed–is for The Muppets TV show. We currently do a post a day of their stuff. (We could do more, but I am unwilling to become a single subject dominated site.)

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