I know this isn’t my typical subject matter, but two things I love have come together, and I have to share this with someone, and you guys are it. One of my favorite K-pop groups, BTS, recently released a new single (or “comeback” in K-pop parlance). You may have seen them performing it on America’s Got Talent. Here’s the music video:
I’ve previously featured the Star Wars episodesof Bad Lip Reading, which is a YouTube channel that is exactly what it sounds like: the producer re-dubs video based on what it looks like the actors are saying. He also occasionally makes songs out of it, and they are really good songs. So thanks to him, BTS is now singing about a “Sample of My Pasta.”
My favorite part is at 0:43 where V yells “Cute bird!” because that seems like something he would do anyways in real life. He is my favorite singer of the group (aka my “bias”) because he’s kinda weird and crazy (a “4D” personality). He’s also sporting what looks like lemonade-colored hair in this video.
I’m happy to talk about BTS all day, so I’d love to answer any of your questions in the comments 😀
I watched this dozens of times times before I realized it’s actually a diss track. I don’t know who he’s actually directing this to, but just for fun let’s call him “Wedge.” Luke makes multiple comparisons between himself and Wedge:
Wedge=soup can, while Luke=Superman
Wedge touches a pom pom, while Luke touches an A-bomb (atom bomb)
Yeah, that doesn’t exactly paint Wedge in a favorable light. He also seems to be competing with Luke for a girl named Veronica; looking at the closed captions, the lyrics are “I know you want her, too.” However, Wedge stands no chance because he so lame he doesn’t even have any shoes.
I think it’s pretty clear now who the baddest pilot in Rogue Squadron is.
And you know what, even Wedge agrees, because in the extended version he repeatedly avows that Luke is so sweet “like cinnamon.” Which technically isn’t sweet, just a spice, but whatever. We all agree, Wedge. Take that, General Veers.
Moving on to Yoda singing about seagulls around 1:49…I don’t have anything else to say about this except that it’s amazing and I know all the lyrics and I wish this were a real song. Even if he’s “sorta pitchy,” haha. (EDIT: It is a real song! There’s now a full version called SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)–enjoy!)
Last, at 5:57 we have C-3PO’s song to end the video; I don’t think it has a name yet, but it appears that we’ll be getting a full music video of this one, too! (EDIT: It’s called “Not the Future” and it’s wonderful.) I was trying to figure out what genre of music this song is and the best I could come up with was a mix of 80s rock and EDM.
This song brings up a couple of points. First, there are several funny lines where characters are simply narrating what they are doing, like C-3PO walking away/turning back, or Han just moving his hand around in Cloud City. It kind of breaks the 4th wall a little, a different kind of humor.
Also, the Star Wars movies work pretty well for funny dubs because of all the droids and characters with helmets (like Vader, stormtroopers, etc.)—because they have no lips, the actors are just interpreting their body language. This gives a lot more range to the conversations the characters can have. It also allows for some good non sequiturs, like Vader’s “spinny chair” song.
Star Wars also has a lot of characters that don’t speak Basic (aka English), often because the alien physiology doesn’t allow it, which lets the writers have a lot of fun with interpreting these more limited lip movements into English words, like Chewie saying UH-HUH. Or sometimes not even real words…check out Admiral Ackbar in ROTJ haha.
Last, I found C-3PO’s Indian accent to be hilarious and strangely fitting. But then I started reading comments on the videos (famous last words…) and saw some variations of “Of course he’s Indian, he’s tech support.” In that light, I kind of feel a little uncomfortable about it now. But none of his dubbed lines actually have him play into the tech support stereotype, so it’s just a meta-joke, and possibly an unintended one at that. I dunno. Thoughts?
If you like absurdist humor at all, check out “Star Wars: A Bad Lip Reading” to find out about the selfies that Vader’s sending Leia, Han’s pet giraffe, and what happens if you look at a dead spider. It features guest voice actors Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader.
Stick it out til the end to hear Ben Kenobi sing about what exactly happened to Luke’s father.
That song at the end is pretty much the best thing ever and I’ve been singing it for days. There’s even an extended version, with lyrics!
I love how the song functions on two levels, both within the film as the way Ben Kenobi is making up BS about how Luke’s dad died (which I’m sure is all true, from a certain point of view…), and also on a more general level, talking about how there’s always difficulties in life, usually in places we least expect them, even from people and things we love. SO DEEP.
The Return of the Jedi one is also good, in which you can find out about Mon Mothma’s emotional state and the loose screw in Luke’s lightsaber.
I think Ben Kenobi really has some of the best parts in all of these, mainly because Alec Guinness always played him as looking very thoughtful. So it becomes really funny when he says these offbeat things with that facial expression. Whether it’s telling Luke about cleaning his father’s blood out of the floor boards, or just humming to the beat (not to mention calmly threatening to choke Luke over his taste in music in ROTJ),
EDIT 1/16/16: This post got like a hundred hits in the past week, mostly from people searching for “chicken duck woman thing,” so I went back and added some more analysis about the video and song to this post, and also did a follow-up post with more thoughts on these videos: More Star Wars Bad Lip Reading. Add your thoughts/questions/etc. in the comments!