Someone made a video parody of the song “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses where it is about “Baby Yoda” (Grogu) in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. This is really well done on many levels — like Weird Al level quality. So if you have any idea what I’m talking about, I recommend watching it.
I realize many people don’t watch TV commercials anymore, or at least try to avoid them. Many commercials are dumb and annoying. However, every once in a while someone creates an awesome commercial, and the one below may be the best commercial of all-time. The premise is AutoTrader helping Bo and Luke Duke find a new car.
If you aren’t familiar with the characters, they’re from The Dukes of Hazzard, which was an awesome TV show of the ’80s that you should check out. It was much better than the movies.
And there’s no way they’d replace the General Lee, even with a Viper. Imagine how the Viper would fare after one of those jumps… Admittedly, the original cars didn’t always survive, but they actually did the jumps and landed them.
[Update: Apparently AutoTrader pulled the video because of the confederate flag conspiracy. What predictable knee-jerk overreaction. Anyway, the video is updated to another source now. It’s still a cool commercial. And I don’t think you can even see a confederate flag in the whole video. So why was it censored? Think about it…]
If you start with a car chase scene inside a shopping mall (which sounds awesome), and it features the Blues Brothers (which makes it definitely awesome), then recreate the original classic movie clip with stop-motion video using LEGO blocks, you have a YouTube video worth watching.
At the end of the video, they link to a side-by-side comparison of the original scene in the movie, so you can see how close they got to it.
An interesting trivia tidbit about the mall chase scene is that it was actually filmed inside a mall. There was no CGI trickery going on — it was 1980, after all — and it wasn’t on some fake Hollywood set or made with miniatures. They found a mall that was scheduled to be demolished, so they helped with the demolition on the inside. 🙂 Also interesting is that the other car chases were actually filmed in and around Chicago, Illinois. It would’ve been neat to be around for that!
If you haven’t ever seen the Blues Brothers movie, I’m not sure what to say. Wait, never mind, I know — you need to see it! The Blues Brothers is one of the best movies of all time. I’m not kidding. It has a great story, great acting, awesome music, many car chases (including setting the world record for most car crashes in one scene), and many quotable lines. It also features many famous actors and musicians: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, but wields a flamethrower and rocket launcher here), “the band”, John Candy, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and more. (Let me add that the movie contains some explicit language, but if you can find the TV version it has all that edited out.)
Here’s an idea — someone should make a video game of the movie. You’ve got music making, car chases, lots of military to evade — there’s potential here. Sure, the storyline might have to be somewhat linear, but there are retelling games of Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Super Heroes, etc. by LEGO. It could be a lot of fun. Someone should make this happen. LEGO Blues Brothers would rock! I would buy it.
When words aren’t enough…
Say it with bacon! If only this would work with women… but in reality, it would likely result in disasterousness (which may not be an actual word, but it would be bad). Ironically, this would impress guys. A girl could give cooked bacon to a guy and he would think she must really like him. (Who ever said men and women are the same? Maybe someone should write a book similar to “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” but include a chapter about food. Men can relate to that, and would be more interested in reading the book. Well, since most men don’t read, maybe it should come with bacon…)