An animation firm has broken what is probably around 9000 different copyright laws and has re-drawn, quite literally, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. 14A Studios, which describes themselves as “Phckn awesome animation until death do us part,” takes George Lucas’ classic sci-fi film and strips it down to its bare bones—in 60 seconds.
The first of the Star Wars films to be released—but fourth, chronologically—1977′s A New Hope set a new bar in special effects and broke box office records. It surpassed Jaws as the highest-grossing film and held that title until it was taken by another alien life form: E.T. in 1982. In case you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, the film revolves around Luke Skywallker and Rebel Leader Princess Leia on their quest to destroy the Death Star, the home base of the Galactic Empire.
14A Studios manages to not only communicate the entire plot—from Skywalker’s first encounter with R2D2 to the Death Star’s explosion—but does so in just one minute. A vast reduction from the film’s 125-minute run time. (Dialogue such as “The galaxy is in danger! Let’s go! Chop, chop! We’ve got kick some ass!” helps to move things along.)
The studio’s niche are 60-second films called “Speedrun” and they’ve also given this treatment to Back to the Future and The Matrix. For those looking to catch up on popular culture but are lacking the time, here’s a quick fix!*
*We don’t actually endorse not watching the originals.