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Star Wars Influence Map. Thank God Jar Jar Binks led to nowhere . . .
posted by jwakawaka (23 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I, apparently, don't have permission to access /plus/misc/images/star-wars-influence-map.gif on this server.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:31 PM on April 10, 2009


Forbidden.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 8:35 PM on April 10, 2009


Click on the URL to highlight it, then press enter.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:36 PM on April 10, 2009


I was forbidden, but got it upon re-load.

What's not on there is how Star Wars led to my cordless-drill mounted green laser pointer spinny thing. Pew pew!
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:37 PM on April 10, 2009


Found it
posted by JimmyJames at 8:49 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bizarre. Thanks JimmyJames.
posted by jwakawaka at 8:54 PM on April 10, 2009


I went ahead and replaced the link with JimmyJames'.
posted by cortex at 9:18 PM on April 10, 2009


What about the direct link between The Phantom Menace and Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000? Great post though.
posted by Kirklander at 9:57 PM on April 10, 2009


Oh, yeah. Sure. Frank Oz, of Star Wars, went on to influence the Muppet Movie.

Whatever, Mr. 'the-force-has-touched-us-all-in-the-anus.' I'm sure in your world, 1980 happened before 1979.
posted by koeselitz at 10:42 PM on April 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


i like jar jar
posted by muckster at 10:53 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Cool infographic, but they're not all connections of influence. Some are just connections.
posted by defenestration at 11:09 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah, dammit. I can't get on Lucas anymore - Genndy Tartakovsky. Anyone who helped influence the creation of Samurai Jack can't be all bad.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:01 AM on April 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Each tangent leads to another spoiled imagination.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:14 AM on April 11, 2009


Changed the what? You mean some people got jobs after SW and met other people in those jobs and then you draw those effectively unrelated people onto the chart and claim we changed the world! Nice work, sign me up, I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter, 1. Claim stuff 2. Draw it on the chart 3. Profit!! In Soviet Russia the party influences SW. ect ect.
posted by Submiqent at 12:48 AM on April 11, 2009


I have no idea what that chart actually tries to tell me, but it sure looks cool.

More charts should have Death Stars in them.
posted by Harry at 2:02 AM on April 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


How in the world did Battlestar Galactica (1978) lead to Ron Moore? Isn't it better to say that BSG (78) led to BSG (03)?

It's also a reach to believe that some of these things wouldn't have happened without Star Wars. I'm pretty sure we'd have Photoshop if it weren't for Star Wars. Even if the name was different because the developer staff had different members, image editing would still be here.
posted by CarlRossi at 6:59 AM on April 11, 2009


I always felt that Finding Nemo and Fight Club were just two different sides of the same coin. Glad to have that confirmed.
posted by Bobby Bittman at 7:18 AM on April 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


> Thank God Jar Jar Binks led to nowhere...

Episode One should have had banners reading "ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE" hanging from the entranceway of every theatre screening it.
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:23 AM on April 11, 2009


"More charts should have Death Stars in them."

Wait til you see my "Quarterly Projections for Diversified Revenue Adjustments, Q3FY2009" PowerPoint. Oh ho ho ho!

I'm thinking of going with monoliths for fiscal year 2010.
posted by Eideteker at 9:51 AM on April 11, 2009


> Oh, yeah. Sure. Frank Oz, of Star Wars, went on to influence the Muppet Movie.

I think that's why the links are coming out the right side of Frank Oz and none from the left. Frank Oz is influenced by no one.

Also, The Muppet Movie is positioned slightly left of Empire -- seems like the graphic is mostly chronological, left to right.
posted by larcher at 9:54 AM on April 11, 2009


A more fair chart, really, would be how Dennis Hopper and Easy Rider (or Beatty and Bonnie and Clyde, or whatever) changed the world, as Lucas and his Star Wars wouldn't have stood a chance without those films leading to the restructuring of power in Hollywood.

That chart would include not just Jar Jar Binks and Young Sherlock Holmes or whatever the hell else, but basically everything that followed.
posted by incomple at 10:01 AM on April 11, 2009


Let's not forget pixar>Steve jobs>apple>iPods>the iPod touch In my hand>me!

Thank you, George Lucas, for my existence.
posted by Glibpaxman at 11:33 AM on April 11, 2009


That's it for Lucasarts? They made tons of great games, but only a couple even get a mention. Its too film centered.
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:23 PM on April 11, 2009


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