Grocery Store Wars or simply Store Wars is an online film with an all puppet cast. The characters and the film itself is a parody of the series of films that George Lucus created titled Star Wars. All of the cast in the film are parodies of characters from the actual Star Wars series such as Cuke Skywalker (Luke Skywalker), Princess Lettuce (Princess Leia), and many others.
Store Wars was made and produced by Free Range Studios. A good amount of the film was made using the green screen technique and adding the background later. The cast of puppets in the film came to life by using strings, sticks, wires and trick camera angles. Characters in the film were made from vegetables, fruits, pastries and canned goods. Both Lightsabers and Blasters were made using computer animation.
The location Store Wars takes place in is a Supermarket. Much of the film compares to the first Star Wars film George Lucus made, titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope only made in a shorter version then A New Hope.
A Supermarket Far, Far Away (May 10, 2005)--The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Free Range Studios today launched a sci-fi supermarket saga, "Store Wars: The Organic Rebellion", on the Internet. The five-minute movie features Cuke Skywalker, Princess Lettuce, Chewbroccoli and other organic rebels—played by real vegetables dressed as Star Wars characters—battling it out with Darth Tader, the evil lord of the Dark Side of the Farm. The release of Store Wars is timed to ride on the frenzied anticipation of Star Wars fans for the May 19 debut of "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."
Store Wars is the latest outreach effort of OTA to educate consumers about the many benefits of organic products. By spoofing a pop culture phenomenon like Star Wars, OTA hopes to attract a new generation of organic consumers, especially “Gen Xers” who grew up loving Luke, Leia and Han, and are now increasingly concerned about making healthy food choices for their families. “If you think about it, a battle is currently being waged over food in America, and the direction agriculture will take in the future. We’re asking in a light-hearted way for people to think about the choices they make at the grocery store,” said Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.
Store Wars is the brainchild of Free Range Studios, makers of the 2003 smash hit The Meatrix, an online movie seen by more than 10 million viewers, translated into four languages and honored at the Webbys, Sundance, South by Southwest and a dozen other prestigious festivals and contests.