Hardware Wars (1978, Ernie Fosselius)

The best thing about Hardware Wars, in terms of actual quality and imaginative creative impulse, is recasting Chewbacca as a brown version of the Cookie Monster (except here it’s the Wookie Monster). Director Fosselius introduces it sort of as a gag, but then develops it. The puppet gives costar Bob Knickerbocker (as the Han Solo stand-in) his best scene. The puppet looks great and it’s hilarious.

In terms of most interesting aspect of the short… well, in one scene, Fosselius has more women in Hardware Wars than Lucas fit into all of Star Wars.

Fosselius sets up the short like a trailer for itself, moving through the big (and recognizable) scenes of Star Wars. He borrows dialogue, he makes observations about the film out of context….

It’s competent, but pointless. Hardware Wars is diverting as an absurdist exercise, Fosselius doesn’t have any interesting observations about Lucas or Star Wars.

1/3Not Recommended


Written and directed by Ernie Fosselius; directors of photography, John V. Fante and Michael Wiese; production designer, Fosselius; produced by Fosselius and Wiese; released by Pyramid Films.

Starring Frank Robertson (4-Q-2), Scott Mathews (Fluke Starbucker), Jeff Hale (Augie ‘Ben’ Doggie), Cindy Furgatch (Princess Anne-Droid), Bob Knickerbocker (Ham Salad) and narrated by Paul Frees.

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