An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
On the peaceful planet Druidia, King Roland attempts to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa and her loyal droid Dot Matrix escape during her wedding. After wasting the fresh air on the distant planet Spaceball, the good-for-nothing President Skroob orders the archvillain henchman Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa to force King Roland to provide them with the code to Druidia's atmosphere. Under those circumstances, the seasoned mercenary Lone Starr and his trusty half-human, half-canine sidekick Barf will attempt to save the Princess in distress, while at the same time, the ruthless loan-shark Pizza the Hutt is after them. But in the end, only he who can harness the mystical and mighty force known only as "The Schwartz" will be able to save the day.Written by
Tesla Motors has used Spaceballs' starship speeds (Light Speed, Ridiculous Speed, Ludicrous Speed, and Plaid Speed) as inspiration for naming their acceleration modes. In homage to this movie, Tesla has Ludicrous Mode for acceleration beyond its Insane Mode, and Plaid Mode, and over top Ludicrous. See more »
When President Skroob is beamed into the next room with his head reversed, it is obvious that Mel Brooks simply put his costume on backwards because his hands have also been reversed. See more »
"Spaceballs" itself is older than many millennials, but thanks to its enduring riffing on the mighty and timeless "Star Wars," this is a parody that continues to get traction with goofballs from all generations. And deservedly so.
Planet Spaceball is under the command of the thoroughly bumbling President Skroob, played by the legendary Mel Brooks. The planet is fresh out of fresh air, so they've got to pillage planet Druida for its stash. Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner) helms the ludicrously elongated star destroyer charged with the task, but Skroob has the Colonel's every action double-checked by the constant presence of the joyfully lame Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Down on the planet's surface, the Princess (Daphne Zuniga) seems ill-fated to marry the enemy Prince. Sound familiar enough? It's a lights-out comedy cast, further bolstered by the genius hand-picking of Dick Van Patten as King Rolan, Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, and the inimitable John Candy as Barf. Also making an appearance is one Pizza The Hut.
Released a full decade after "Star Wars," critics at the time thought "Spaceballs" may have dragged its feet before taking on the task of spoofing the sci-fi masterpiece. No one could have dreamed the "Star Wars" saga would still be alive today, and potentially open for a new round of hilarious ridicule. Could "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money" still come to life? Judging from the enduring greatness of its predecessor, perhaps it well should.
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