These posters for the 1987 Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs aren’t commemorating anything in particular. The film’s anniversary passes each summer without much fanfare. There is really no reason that Spaceballs ought to be celebrated at this particular moment.
It’s just the best Star Wars parody ever, and we’re always neck-deep in Star Wars-mania, it seems. So we should remember that there was a hell of a lot worth parodying in that wonderful and ridiculous original trilogy (ok, Eps. 4-6, whatever). A princess with strange hair buns. A neurotic, too-shiny robot. A skilled fighter pilot like a giant walking collie (or walking carpet, that’s what she said). And a villain who’s going way overboard on the all-black, scary-helmet, in-case-you-didn’t-know-I’m-totally-evil look.
So as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was invading theaters in 2015, artist Josh Budich released artsy posters for Spaceballs: The Schwartz Awakens, which is a Spaceballs movie that does not exist. These three can be seen on Josh Budich’s official website, and can be found in various online shops:
We’re guessing you catch the visual reference, but if not, here’s a reminder: Posters made by Olly Moss for Mondo in 2010:
Tip o’ the cap to io9.