4. Thumb Wars
The whole joke behind this one is that everyone is a thumb with eyes and a mouth digitally added. It’s a joke that should work for maybe thirty seconds. Thumb Wars is 29 minutes long and is funny the whole time. Some of the humor comes from thumb or hand puns, but a lot of the humor comes from the series just having really funny Star Wars jokes. Cramming the entire plot of A New Hope into half an hour, plus finding a place to add in some Yoda scenes as well, Thumb Wars flies by with gag after gag.
Some of the jokes are broad and obvious, but there are a lot that clearly took a lot of work to craft, like figuring out how to have Hand Duet (Han Solo) reference almost every Harrison Ford movie in a single sentence. The movie was created by Steve Oedekerk who is probably best known for his writing on movies such as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Bruce Almighty. This is actually the first of a series of thumb-themed parody videos including Thumbtanic and The Godthumb, but Thumb Wars is easily the best of the series.
5. Family Guy: Blue Harvest
Family Guy is known for its cutaway gags where it will often parody moments or even whole scenes from popular movies and TV shows, but this was the first time they parodied an entire movie. Set up as one long cutaway gag, Blue Harvest retells the entire story of A New Hope with Family Guy characters standing in for each of the Star Wars characters. Of course, there is plenty of classic Family Guy humor throughout. Chris as Luke Skywalker breaks the fourth wall to credit John Williams with the score that’s playing, and later Peter and Brian as Han and Chewie try to hang onto a couch they found in the garbage disposal because it still looks like a nice couch.
It’s easy to tell that this one is made out of a deep love for Star Wars. The title of the project, Blue Harvest, is even a reference to the fake working title that was used during the production of Return of the Jedi. That’s not the only deep cut into Star Wars lore that the special brings up. And if you wanted more after you were finished with this one, a few years later, Family Guy also adapted The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in the same format, titling the two specials Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, and It’s A Trap! respectively.