If you keep up with us on a regular basis, you know we showed our two year old Star Wars: A New Hope a few months back. He liked Chewbacca but was otherwise pretty bored. But now there’s a new way to introduce your toddler to Star Wars and teach her an important lesson in self-control strategies.
Luke Piewalker enlists the help of Flan Solo to rescue Princess Parfaita from the evil Empire. But before Flan can help, he must learn to his primal desire to cannibalize his partner: Chewie the Cookie. They seek out the wisdom of Only One Cannoli and Groda for strategies of self-control before facing Darth Baker.
Highlights: 1) the Special Edition-style background effects, including a Snuffy-Bantha, 2) Luke Piewalker’s voice actor does a pretty darned good Mark Hamill, 3) the nod to the fact that both Yoda and Grover are voiced by Franz Oz and sound awfully similar (and Cookie Monster, also voiced by Oz, points out this similarity).
Of course, the lesson of how to maintain self-control is good for more than stopping cookie binges. The use the Four strat that Cannoli offers is like Daniel Tiger’s “When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” So toddler nearing meltdown? Count to four. So this parody is good for toddlers and amusing for adults.
The parody also reminded me of Hardware Wars, the so-bad-its-good parody short from 1978, wherein Chewbacca was a brown Cookie Monster and Princess Anne-Droid’s buns were cinnamon rolls that Chewie eats. But, unfortunately, there’s no quality life lesson embedded in its utter stupidity.