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Name: Spaceballs
Creator: Mel Brooks
Date(s): 1987
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDb
Spaceballs - Movie Poster by mirisu92 (2010)
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Spaceballs is Mel Brooks' parody of the Star Wars series, with pokes at other films as well (everything from Planet of the Apes to Alien to One Froggy Evening), following in the footsteps of Blazing Saddles (his demolition of Westerns), Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie. The story involves Lone Starr (Bill Pullman as a combination of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy as a Chewbacca spoof).


George Lucas loved the film but specifically told Mel Brooks not to produce any actual merchandise for it.[1] In the film, there is a scene where Yogurt talks about how merchandising is where "the real money from the movie is made," (thus Breaking the Fourth Wall) and holds up various (nonexistent) products, including "Spaceballs: The Breakfast Cereal," "Spaceballs: The Coloring Book" (actually a Transformers comic), "Spaceballs: The Flamethrower! The kids love this one." It is an ironic scene and a jab at Lucas' relentless merchandising of his own product to fans.



  • Lone Starr/Princess Vespa

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Crossover: crossovers with Star Wars are common, but other sci-fi fandoms also seem to be popular choices


Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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