You're at work. You're busy. You don't have two hours and eight minutes to watch the entirety of the fan remake of The Empire Strikes Back, released today on the official Star Wars YouTube page. It's okay. I've selected the ten scenes worth skipping to for people in a hurry. But let's be serious, once you begin watching this video you — like me — probably won't stop.
A recreation of the Battle of Hoth made of computer-animated party balloons, this scene is cuter and squeakier than the original.
Briefly, R2D2 is played by the IKEA monkey. The fan project is full of pop culture winks and nods, including an abundance of video game references. Shortly before this scene, a cheeky Mortal Kombat joke flashes in the background.
In this sequence, a LEGO Millenium Falcon avoids asteroids and TIE Fighters to the sound of country music and dogs barking. I don't understand it, but I love it.
A man and young girl ride a bike ride in the suburb of Dagobah. The bit is a cute riff on French New Wave cinema.
Beginning at this moment, the fan project features a series of beautiful Yoda animations. In fact, most of Yoda's scenes in this project are beautifully and comically animated. Scrub the video for anything on Dagobah and you'll find something interesting.
DOGS DOGS DOGS DOGS DOGS THAT DOG GIVES KISSES AHHH DOGS!
It's not weird that the separation of Han Solo and Princess Leia is a recreation of the Take On Me music video. It's weird that this idea seems to show up twice in the same project — weird and totally charming, of course.
Finally, a chance to see an adorable little girl superimposed over Darth Vader, yelling at Luke Skywalker while lashing about with a lightsaber, and I assume coming dangerously close to destroying the family's finest vase with a rogue swing.
And lastly, R2D2 and Lando Calrissian throw a dance party.Lando Calrissian, for those who don't know, is a magnificent dancer.