Sweden Has A SPACEBALLS To Call Their Own With KENNY BEGINS!

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Sweden Has A SPACEBALLS To Call Their Own With KENNY BEGINS!

Now, the Spaceballs comparison is not entirely accurate in that Calle Åstrand and Mats Lindberg's Kenny Begins is - as far as I can tell - a wholly original creation as opposed to being a parody but on every other level this thing looks as though it could be a companion piece to the Mel Brooks scifi comedy classic. The broad humor, the hysterically lo-fi effects, the goofy creatures - I'm particularly partial to the fan-headed guys - are all in full effect.

Kenny Starfighter is probably the worst student the Hero Galaxy Academy has ever had. Kenny’s parents have now grown tired of paying for his studies and give him an ultimatum. Take your exams or become a hairdresser. In pursuit of his exam grades, Kenny accidentally crash-lands on Earth. He bumps into Pontus a limping 15-year old boy with poor eyesight who is bullied in school. Pontus has found a mysterious, luminous crystal which has given him super powers and the possibility to get the coolest girl in school, Miranda, interested in him. Rutger Oversmart, the most intelligent man in the Universe, finds out that the boy has absorbed the crystal’s powers. All Rutger has to do now is squeeze these powers out of the boy in order to become the most powerful man in the Universe. When Rutger discovers that a Galaxy Hero is protecting the boy he sends out the Galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunters to catch the boy. Can Kenny Starfighter save a teenage boys’ life or is it the teenage boy and Miranda who will save Kenny?

The film releases in Sweden in late March and we've got a trio of trailers - including one with full English narration - for your amusement below the break.

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English Teaser

Swedish Teaser

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Kurt HalfyardJanuary 26, 2009 9:51 AM

I have a great big love of the childish stupidity that is Spaceballs. I've seen the film more times than I care to admit, being a dumb teenager. Nostalgia will ever prevent me from disliking it. I'd give these Swedish fellows a chance for sure, looks like equally silly fun.

NekrosomaJanuary 26, 2009 10:58 AM

LOL for the voice of english narraitor.

As for the movie, I hope it will be international humor, not some private jokes for Swedish viewers.

Peter K.January 26, 2009 12:31 PM

No nostalgia required in making Spaceballs a great film. It tells a genuinely fun adventure story. I played it on 35mm this summer and was in awe at what a quality film it is. Great characters, great gags, pretty solid effects... Like any good fantasy film it created a fairly complete universe. I would have loved to see THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY.

I was briefly excited when I heard they were doing a cartoon series based on Spaceballs, but the clips I've seen look terrible.

Anyway, this film looks alright. I dig the costuming.

SwarezJanuary 26, 2009 1:37 PM

That looks great. I wonder if this is some well known Swedish comedy character that the rest of us have never heard of before? Any Swedes care to comment?
And I love that they are using the old Starlog font.

jmalmstenJanuary 26, 2009 2:38 PM

Hahaha. Well sortof. Kenny Starfighter was a tv-series for kids here in Sweden over 10 years ago (1997). It featured a silly plot, loads of starwars references (the special editions where brand new at the time). I have fond memories of scenes like where they hotwire some vacuum cleeners to build lookalikes of the speeder-bikes of Return of the Jedi. And almost every name was in some way a play of words.

I'm wondering though what audience it's gunning for, since the age-group the series was aimed at doesn't really know of a 12 year old programme at this moment. At least that has been my understanding as I ask kids about it. And for us that watched the show when in the ripe age it has the danger of becoming too kiddie if they solely do it like the original. But since it's sortof the only Swedish movie I even remotely care about that comes out this year (The Girl with a Dragon Tatoo that has a trailer here I don't feel a thing for) I'll be there in theatres opening weekend anyways.

I'm surprised that the movie version leaked out in the world though. Since I fear that almost all of the jokes are pretty centered around swedish stuff. But then again, I went to see Pistvakt the Movie with an american room-mate and he seemed to enjoy it even though he didn't understand a word.

So I have no idea.

IllogicJanuary 26, 2009 8:11 PM

God yes. I was a bit skeptical about this whole thing, since I used to love the show when growing up... Hell, still do.
He also carried around a hairmenator, which was a blow drier with special powers.
I'm actually excited about this. Might have to go see it at the local cinema even!
But yeah, some things might be a bit internal, but you should be able to figure it out most likely.