Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? An incredible Metroid fan film has surfaced starring Jessica Chobot, one industrious fan constructs an amazing Rocket Raccoon costume and a new video breaks down inappropriate scenes in Disney animated movies. But wait, there's more! Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets its own Honest Trailer and Jimmy Kimmel presents this year's Halloween pranks! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Honest "Teaser"
The folks at Screen Junkies usually wait for a movie to arrive in theaters before they make an Honest Trailer. But it seems they just couldn't wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to arrive on December 18. This isn't your typical Honest Trailer, though, with the usual narrator gleefully poking holes in the movie's plot. This Honest 'Teaser' keeps the same format of footage released last month, while cutting in elements of the prequel trilogy and recording new dialogue in place of the stars' original lines.
Metroid Fan Film Starring Jessica Chobot
Rainfall Films has teamed up with Nerdist's Jessica Chobot and America Young (Halo 5) for an impressive 11-minute fan film based on the 1980s Nintendo video game classic Metroid. Jessica Chobot stars as Samus Aran in live-action, with America Young portraying the character through motion capture in this short entitled Metroid: The Sky Calls. Much like the game was inspired by classic sci-fi films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Sam Balcomb delivers a gritty throwback that any Metroid fan will surely love.
Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Prank
For the past four years, Jimmy Kimmel has issued a challenge on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, asking parents to tell their children that they ate all of the Halloween candy, while filming their reactions. Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel showed off what he calls "the best of the best" after a record amount of submissions this year. The host himself even admitted that he was surprised he can still pull this prank off after five years. But there are two kids who saw right through their parents' ruse.
DIY Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Costume
As many mothers do, Christina Borchardt posted a photo of her son's Halloween costume on Facebook last week. What she wasn't expecting was for this photo of her completely hand-made Rocket Raccoon costume from Guardians of the Galaxy to go viral. But that's exactly what happened. The photo of her son Chase in this incredible costume was even shared by the Facebook page of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.
A Breakdown of Inappropriate Scenes in Disney Animated Movies
Screen Rant has put together a compilation video that breaks down 10 inappropriate scenes in Disney animated movies. Many Disney movies slip in slightly dirty jokes that kids, and some parents, may completely miss, but this video breaks down 10 of these "Dirty Disney" scenes from Toy Story 3, Hercules, Ratatouille and more.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Trailer Mashup
The folks at Zenlike Productions have put together a new mashup that blends footage from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer with J.J. Abrams' first franchise, Star Trek. Footage from Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness is seamlessly blended in with the Star Wars 7, resulting in one terrific mashup that fans of both franchises will appreciate.
Movies That Stole Footage From Other Movies
While it doesn't happen terribly often, there are times when filmmakers will recycle footage from their previous movies into their current project, and the folks at Screen Rant have a new breakdown of some of these films. For example, Michael Bay reused footage from his 2005 film The Island for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Warner Bros. even reused footage from the opening of The Shining for the end of their sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
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