If “Star Wars” Went to High School
One of reasons pop culture is so popular around the world is that it has no limit on who it attracts. Fans from all over the world can appreciate a single piece of entertainment, no matter where or when it was produced and created. Take Italy-based illustrator Denis Medri, for example, who has created a series of franchise crossovers that are not only highly entertaining, but creatively genius, that were discovered at Design Taxi.
For his latest project, Medri has taken the beloved characters of Star Wars and comically drawn them in an ‘80s decade high school scenario. While the drawings appear rough and sketched, they still convey the finer points of character,and are matched perfectly to correlate to their high school would-be counterparts.
The first characters to arrive on scene are the most obvious: Luke and Leia, the first sporting a Marty McFly kind of outfit (complete with skateboard), while Leia looks like a younger, sassier version of the girl in Flashdance and is also toting a skateboard.
As generic as that sounds, it makes sense (from the film perspective) that these two would be cast as the “generic” students, as they are both part of the young, rebel generation, and they learn an awful lot in the series, though I’m not sure their high school education would be quite as thrilling.
Next on the list is Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious) as the evil principal, that snooty Tarkin guy as a horrible math teacher, and Jabba the Hut as the disgusting janitor, all of whom are still most notably in character and still following the same general rules that exist in the Star Wars universe.
And this is where it gets fun. Medri has illustrated Yoda as an Asian gym teacher, while Obi-Wan Kenobi is the singularly adored literature/ history teacher (I don’t quite understand how he manages to teach both; must be a Jedi trick).
Continuing on the brat pack road is Lando dressed as a preppy jock (presumably another student), while Greedo (you know, that guy who Han Solo shoots) barely has to change his outfit or hairdo to appear in character as a punk-grunge stoner of the ‘80s.
Last, but not least, are C3-PO and R2D2, who I wondered about most of all. How do you fit robots into a reality that hasn’t invented artificial intelligence yet? Well, you anthropomorphize them, of course; Medri’s interpretation of their human forms is truly wonderful, as he is able to retain the characters’ essences as two of the high school’s nerds.