Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Backyard (aka TESBY)

Background

Made in 1999 and released in 2000, The Empire Strikes Backyard is a spoof story based upon George Lucas’s phenomenally successful Star Wars. It is preceded by a short “mockumentary” giving a comical insight into how Episode II might have been made.

Filmed at RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, UK, BYP utilised the help of local volunteers as well as a small prosthetics company called Behind the Mask whose biggest contribution was the Darth Maul make up and horns.

The story is cliché but the special effects were impressive at the time of making – especially since the film cost less than £1000 to make.

The gags should appeal to both Star Wars fans and those who are not fortunate enough to have experienced these marvellous films.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backyard Movie (TESBY)

Obi Wan senses a disturbance in the Force and leaves, with his padawan, Anakin Skywalker, for a journey across the galaxy to find our what it is…

Made in 1999 and released in 2000, The Empire Strikes Backyard is a spoof story based upon George Lucas phenomenally successful Star Wars. It is preceded by a short mockumentary giving a comical insight into how Episode II might have been made.

Filmed at RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, UK, BYP utilised the help of local volunteers as well as a small prosthetics company called Behind the Mask whose biggest contribution was the Darth Maul make up and horns.

The story is cliche but the special effects were impressive at the time of making – especially since the film cost less than £1000 to make.

The gags should appeal to both Star Wars fans and those who are not fortunate enough to have experienced these marvellous films.

Comments

62 Responses to “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backyard Movie (TESBY)”

  1. monkeywithissues on October 28th, 2008 11:24 pm

    [..YouTube..] lol great job with this your jokes in this is great i have seen this part 4 times now can’t wait to see more woooohoooo first comment

  2. Joholm8900 on October 31st, 2008 4:00 pm

    [..YouTube..] lol these movies are always gooodie

  3. stevean2 on November 1st, 2008 3:37 am

    [..YouTube..] oh no, its a jedi knig-

  4. 6653man on November 1st, 2008 7:27 pm

    [..YouTube..] XD man XD

  5. prickeypl on November 3rd, 2008 1:18 pm

    [..YouTube..] hehehe, realy cool

  6. arceuland on November 22nd, 2008 8:06 am

    [..YouTube..] the first comment! pretty good if u said it was made in the year 2000 how come u put it on in 2008?

  7. edthedoc on November 22nd, 2008 9:32 am

    [..YouTube..] I don’t think YouTube was around in 2000!

  8. JediMasterKadin on December 10th, 2008 2:04 pm

    [..YouTube..] lol, I couldn’t believe the laughs that caused me.

  9. JediMasterKadin on December 10th, 2008 2:04 pm

    lol, I couldn’t believe the laughs that caused me.

  10. JediMasterKadin on December 10th, 2008 2:20 pm

    [..YouTube..] The end was hilarious.

  11. JediMasterKadin on December 12th, 2008 6:26 am

    [..YouTube..] How come he’s got a Green Lightsaber?

  12. mabbott4 on January 9th, 2009 4:05 pm

    [..YouTube..] omfg thats a great yoda impression

  13. mabbott4 on January 9th, 2009 4:05 pm

    omfg thats a great yoda impression

  14. JediMasterKadin on February 14th, 2009 9:43 am

    [..YouTube..] Sorry to ask this repeatedly, but why does Obi-Wan have a green lightsaber?

  15. jackamatt on February 21st, 2009 7:55 am

    [..YouTube..] you should do a video of just the song

  16. edthedoc on February 24th, 2009 3:17 pm

    [..YouTube..] Oooh, tricky one that… how about: it’s green because either: 1) This is a Star Wars alternate universe! B) He fancied a change 38) He stole it from someone else 456) It’s not really green, it’s just your eyes W) Does it really matter? take your pick…!

  17. JediMasterKadin on February 24th, 2009 3:20 pm

    [..YouTube..] Since I asked, I saw a pic inbetween real eps 1 and 2 showing Obi-Wan with a Green Lightsaber.

  18. edthedoc on February 24th, 2009 3:33 pm

    [..YouTube..] Sorry, shouldn’t have been quite so sarky… ;-) … just not that into the minutiae, although I appreciate there are SW purists out there who are easily offended. I’m more surprised no-one has actually complained about our use of the Star Trek transporter!

    If you’ve seen Obi-Wan with a green saber somewhere, then perhaps he has a green spare!

  19. JediMasterKadin on February 24th, 2009 3:37 pm

    [..YouTube..] I don’t care for the transporter, infact I laughed at it. But there seemed no explanation for the fact that Obi-Wan and Anakin appeared on the Star Destroyer, that was the thing that bugged me.

  20. JediMasterKadin on February 27th, 2009 4:23 pm

    [..YouTube..] Search for them, also search for the Emperor’s New Clones.

  21. monkeywithissues on February 27th, 2009 6:02 pm

    [..YouTube..] i did 4 months ago

  22. JediMasterKadin on March 1st, 2009 8:11 am

    [..YouTube..] This question has since been answered.

  23. panthergirl1632 on March 14th, 2009 2:23 am

    [..YouTube..] lol “Some time later…” and then the duel just falls apart.

  24. demondiva77 on June 5th, 2009 5:14 pm

    [..YouTube..] indeed, no one likes a smart ass :D

  25. vinnielegostudios on June 19th, 2009 6:30 am

    [..YouTube..] Why is this called The empire strikes backyard?

  26. vinnielegostudios on June 19th, 2009 6:30 am

    Why is this called The empire strikes backyard?

  27. luvstarwars on July 5th, 2009 7:41 pm

    R U kidding that was so totally amazingly hilarious

  28. Rippyfloseph on August 9th, 2009 8:09 pm

    [..YouTube..] no your not…

  29. westeastxybzd on August 19th, 2009 2:22 pm

    [..YouTube..] Is this the sequel to the emperor’s clones ?

  30. jem8472 on September 24th, 2009 6:41 am

    [..YouTube..] I am glad this is on youtube its great!

  31. jem8472 on September 24th, 2009 6:41 am

    I am glad this is on youtube its great!

  32. NniadSings on October 3rd, 2009 8:45 pm

    [..YouTube..] The song is my most favorite part! I memorized it and like to sing it at random times. :)

  33. Ninja431Inc on October 6th, 2009 1:28 pm

    [..YouTube..] Dark Lord Chosen One? sounds like harry potter

  34. Morgel888 on January 9th, 2010 7:19 am

    [..YouTube..] Which is episode I in this series

  35. kadindarklord on January 30th, 2010 3:08 pm

    [..YouTube..] @Morgel888

    I don’t think they uploaded one…

  36. EvAninfinity on February 10th, 2010 8:31 am

    [..YouTube..] apparently, i believe that they had mor props in the new clones……still good:-)

  37. EvAninfinity on February 10th, 2010 8:31 am

    apparently, i believe that they had mor props in the new clones……still good:-)

  38. EvAninfinity on February 10th, 2010 8:45 am

    [..YouTube..] darth maul looks like Freddy Crouger!

  39. GarnerMovies09 on March 14th, 2010 11:02 am

    [..YouTube..] Your powers are growing stronger day by day…. as is your english accent!

  40. monicaAaA12 on March 25th, 2010 6:38 pm

    [..YouTube..] HAHAHAH!!!!! great job!!!!

  41. Sonny on April 12th, 2010 5:38 pm

    Hello… could you seed please?:)

  42. Champicon81 on April 18th, 2010 1:27 pm

    [..YouTube..] anakin vs darth maul

  43. Champicon81 on April 18th, 2010 1:30 pm

    [..YouTube..] luke vs vader

  44. Ed on May 11th, 2010 9:22 pm

    There are now direct-download links at the bottom of the TESBY details (before the full width video) for a multipart zip containing an ISO image of the TESBY DVD. Let us know if you have any trouble downloading it.

  45. OzzyJ0 on June 20th, 2010 11:38 pm

    [..YouTube..] funny welsh bounty hunter

  46. OzzyJ0 on June 20th, 2010 11:49 pm

    [..YouTube..] where was master windu he wasnt a master?

  47. OzzyJ0 on June 20th, 2010 11:49 pm

    where was master windu he wasnt a master?

  48. OzzyJ0 on June 21st, 2010 12:12 am

    [..YouTube..] is that the hasbro toy darth maul lightsaber if it is i had one when the film came out i had it with a costume but after a while it broke but now i have the master replicas one :D

  49. vinnielegostudios on July 31st, 2010 6:41 am

    [..YouTube..] @westeastxybzd No this is before the emporor’s new clones

  50. Politcalamity on August 3rd, 2010 10:32 am

    [..YouTube..] @edthedoc It wasn’t. I remember this film very vividly, and I remember downloading it from a lonnnnnnnnng QuickTime file while on a T1 at work.

  51. 113742651 on September 4th, 2010 4:55 am

    [..YouTube..] Yes, this is rather cheesy but , Battlestar Glactica was cheesey, star trek TOS was rather cheesey, but i liked all of those. And i like this too.

  52. Kevin8731 on November 13th, 2010 7:28 pm

    [..YouTube..] 9:39, that shooter is really bad at aiming

  53. Kevin8731 on November 13th, 2010 7:28 pm

    [..YouTube..] 9:39, that shooter is really bad at aiming

  54. Kevin8731 on November 13th, 2010 7:29 pm

    [..YouTube..] 8:48, that shooter is really bad at aiming

  55. WafflezDay on January 10th, 2011 11:26 pm

    [..YouTube..] Stir frying :P lolz

  56. WafflezDay on January 10th, 2011 11:26 pm

    Stir frying :P lolz

  57. urcool91 on August 20th, 2011 1:15 pm

    [..YouTube..] Why do you always put big dance numbers near the ends of your things?

  58. Ken Kyllingmark on August 26th, 2011 6:10 am

    It’s great you have the DVD downloads here, but I would much rather be able to download the whole movie file in digital form, so I don’t have to burn a disk. Where can I find that?

  59. izlude2 on November 6th, 2011 4:07 am

    [..YouTube..] STEAK… leads to stir fryinggggg lolololol ahh i remember this from way the hell before the tube, even channel101… i mean really this takes the cake in e-history

  60. izlude2 on November 6th, 2011 4:07 am

    STEAK… leads to stir fryinggggg lolololol ahh i remember this from way the hell before the tube, even channel101… i mean really this takes the cake in e-history

  61. Imperius1772 on May 25th, 2013 7:20 pm

    this video explains why in the old republic wars, the sith empire and jedi order were evenly matched by the empire was slightly faster.

    The council took days to do anything and the sith masters had amnesia. lol

  62. Imperius1772 on May 25th, 2013 7:21 pm

    also, jedi masters clearly don’t carry a timepiece.

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