Can’t wait for the DVD release of Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith? Neither can our friend, independent animator Mike Reeping of Squirrels Ink Prods. That’s why he’s taken the time to craft a condensed, animated remake of the final installment in George Lucas’ blockbuster space saga.
Created entirely on his personal computer using Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects, Reeping’s Sith cartoon serves as both a rousing spoof and a loving tribute to the enduring universe created by Lucas and the vfx wizards at ILM. The four-minute fan film hits all the key story points, documenting Anakin Skywalker’s seduction by the Dark Side and his eventual rebirth as the villainous Darth Vader.
For several years, Reeping has been producing his own animated web series, starting with Justin T. Nick of Time, which follows the time-warped adventures of a third-grade substitute teacher, his ninja love interest, his pet fish and a gun-slinging mirror. He followed the series with A Guy, a Fish, a Cat and a Movie, a very funny movie review/spoof show hosted by a young slacker, his sarcastic goldfish and his robot cat.