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Star Wars is a movie franchise created by George Lucas. It focuses one good and evil battling each other in a fictional galaxy. There are three films trilogies - The original trilogy (1977-1983), The prequel trilogy (1999-2005) and The sequel trilogy (which became in 2015 and will end in 2019).

The original trilogy follows there humans - Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Oranga, two droids - C3PO and R2-D2 and a wookie named Chewbacca as they fight to save their galaxy from the evil empire ruling over it. The empire is led by the villainous Emperor Palaptine and his second in command is Darth Vader. The original trilogy began with A New Hope in 1977, continued with The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and ended with Return of the Jedi in 1983.

The prequel trilogy takes place years before A New Hope and shows the tragic story of how Darth Vader became evil. It began with The Phantom Menace in 1999, continued with Attack of the Clones in 2002 and ended with Revenge of the Sith in 2005.

The all new sequel trilogy takes place years after Return of The Jedi and focuses on a girl named Rey, a boy named Fin and a droid named BB-8 helping the main characters battle a new threat against the galaxy called the First Order, led by Supreme Lord Snoke, General Hux and Kylo Ren. The Sequel trilogy became with The Force Awakens in 2015. It will continue with The Last Jedi in 2017 and end with an currently untitled film in 2019.

References in Pixar

  • In the 1995 film, Toy Story, Buzz tells Woody that Zurg is planning to build a weapon that can destroy entire planets, similar to the Death Star in A New Hope. Also, when Sid asks Woody where his rebel friends are now, he parodies the scene in A New Hope when Grand Moff Tarkin demands that Princess Leia reveal the whereabouts of the rebels.
  • In the 1999 film, Toy Story 2, (in which Zurg makes his debut) Zurg is based off Darth Vader, one of the main villains of the original Star Wars trilogy. Video-Game Buzz is using Darth Vader's breathing. Zurg (being Darth Vader of the Toy Story universe) greets both Video-Game and Utility Belt Buzz with the same greeting that Darth Vader used on Obi-Wan in A New Hope, only with Obi-Wan's name replaced with Buzz's. In their climactic battle, Utility Belt Buzz accuses the robot-like Zurg of having killed his father, to which Zurg responds that he is his father, causing a horrified Utility Belt Buzz to yell, "NOOOO!!!" This is a parody of the famous scene in The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke Skywalker learns that Darth Vader is his father Anakin Skywalker. Also, the robot that pops out of a wall-like a camera resembles the Perimeter Droid who pops out of the door to a palace of Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Coincidentally, Toy Story 2 was released in theatres the same year as The Phantom Menace.
  • In an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Buzz and Zurg parodied the infamous: "I am your father!" scene again. They also parodied a Lightsaber battle.
  • In the charades TV spot for Pixar's 2001 movie Monsters, Inc., Mike and Sulley are playing charades, and Sulley guesses that Mike is parodying Star Wars, much to Mike's disbelief. Coincidentally, the video and original 2-Disc DVD of Monsters Inc. were released the same year Attack of the Clones was released in theatres.
  • In Pixar's 2003 movie Finding Nemo, while Marlin and Dory are escaping the Anglerfish, which swallows Marlin whole at one point while he is grabbing onto its dorsal light organ, the Lightsaber sound effect can be heard when the Anglerfish spits Marlin out, still grabbing onto its light.
  • In the 2004 movie, The Incredibles, when Syndrome challenges Mr. Incredible to kill Mirage, Incredible refuse to do it. This references the scene in Return of the Jedi where the emperor challenges Luke to kill Darth Vader and Luke refuses.
  • In Pixar's 2007 movie Ratatouille, the way Auguste Gusteau's ghost guides Remy mirror's the way Obi-Wan's force ghost guide Luke in the original Star Wars trilogy. Coincidentally, Ratatouille was released thirty years after A New Hope.
  • In Pixar's 2009 movie Up, Charles F. Muntz's blimp The Spirit of Adventure mirrors the empire fleet ship from the original trilogy. And when his dogs are told to take down the house, they parody the Red-5 scene in A New Hope. Plus during the credits, there is a picture of Carl Fredricksen and Russell going to see a Star Wars movie.
  • In Pixar's 2010 Toy Story 3, the way that Big Baby turns on Lotso is similar to how Darth Vader turns on the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Plus the way Lotso brainwashed Buzz into joining his team might be a nod to how the Emperor turned Anakin to the dark side and transformed him into Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Coincidentally, Revenge of the Sith was released the same year the first Toy Story movie celebrated it's 10 anniversary.
  • One of the scores of the 2013 Toy Story TV special Toy Story of Terror! is: "I've got a bag feeling about this." This references the Star Wars phrase: "I've got a bad feeling about this," a phrase heard in every movie.
  • In the 2014 Toy Story TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot, when Reptillus Maximus insists that Rex and Trixie should stay, The Cleric reluctantly agrees to let them and says, "I find their lack of armor disturbing." This is a reference to Darth Vader's line, "I find your lack of faith disturbing," in A New Hope.
  • The characters of Pixar's 2015 movie Inside Out watched the trailer for The Force Awakens, the first chapter of the sequel trilogy, since both movies were released that year.



Toy Story 2 Special Edition (1999) - Clip I am Your Father01:08

Toy Story 2 Special Edition (1999) - Clip I am Your Father

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