Star Wars Uncut
Directed byCasey Pugh
Produced byAnnelise Pruitt
Casey Pugh
Chad Pugh
Jamie Wilkinson
Release date
  • August 2010 (2010-08)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States

Star Wars Uncut is a 2010 online tribute film produced, edited and directed by Casey Pugh. It is a shot-for-shot recreation of the 1977 film Star Wars consisting of 473 fifteen-second segments created and submitted from a variety of participants. The full film was made available on YouTube in August 2010 for free distribution.[1] Several clips from the film were used in the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas.


In July 2009, Pugh created a website where fans could sign up to recreate specific 15-second scenes[2] from the Star Wars film. Multiple submissions were submitted for each scene, and votes were held to determine which ones would be added to the final film.[1][3] Although the scenes reflect the dialogue and imagery of the original film, each scene is created in a separate distinct style, such as live-action, animation and stop-motion.[3]

Many of the sequences are filmed in deliberately crude, low-budget or otherwise comical manners, and the actors do not always resemble the original cast.[3] One scene is a stop-motion sequence using Lego Star Wars figurines.[1] Another mimics the animation style of the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine.[1] Others are parodies of specific pop culture subgenres, such as anime and grindhouse films.[3] Star Wars Pez candy dispensers are featured prominently in some scenes.[4][5]

Annelise Pruitt was the designer of the Star Wars Uncut website. Jamie Wilkinson worked as developer and Chad Pugh as designer.[1]

Star Wars Uncut won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media on August 21, 2010. The producers were encouraged to submit it to the awards by Richard Cardran, a past Emmy winner and member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[1] Pruitt, Wilkinson, Casey Pugh and Chad Pugh each received an Emmy award.[3] They also received a 2021 Co-Creation Peabody Award.

On October 10, 2014, the sequel, Empire Uncut, was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Stelter, Brian (August 27, 2010). "Fans' 'Star Wars Uncut' Wins an Emmy". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Casey Pugh, Producer of Star Wars Uncut – Maroon Weekly". Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e Lloyd, Robert (August 26, 2010). "'Star Wars Uncut': The world remakes a classic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Acuna, Kirtsen (January 27, 2012). "Here's What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like If Made By Fans". Business Insider. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  5. ^ Juan F. Marcelo (January 24, 2012). "Nueva versión de Star Wars IV creata (in Spanish) por los aficionados de la saga". Internet. Retrieved February 2, 2012.