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The opening crawl words of every Star Wars movie…
While not an original movie making concept (Flash Gordon has that claim, we believe) it made the idea very popular and is these days is expected as part of the opening of every Star Wars film. This should be of no surprise to anyone who knows how many ideas George Lucas ‘borrowed’ from films and media.
Many other works have sort to emulate or parody the concept of the opening words scroll, looking at you Spaceballs.
While the text is crawling up the screen, John Williams’ famous Star Wars theme is blasting its familiar notes, creating an attention-grabbing start to the film.
The font of the crawl is called News Gothic has also become quite iconic and adopted by many designers.
Episode IV: A New Hope from 1977 – the one where we learn a blaster at your side is no match for a hokey religion…
Trivia 2: When Star Wars was first released in 1977 the crawl did not feature the text “A New Hope” that came later after the film was a success.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – the one where things get icy between all parties involved.
“It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.
Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.
The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space….”
Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.
When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy…”
The Prequel Trilogy also featured the Star Wars crawl and introduced many fans to the concept of there being tax in space…
Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – the one in which Star Wars becomes a lesson in trade disputes and economic sanctions.
“Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.
Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.
While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict….”
Episode II: Attack of the Clones: – the one in which Yoda turns out to be a bad ass.
Here’s the scroll:
“There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi….”
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – the one in which everyone dies, one way or another.
War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor…
Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen
from the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.
With the support of the REPUBLIC,
General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE.
She is desperate to find her
brother Luke and gain his
help in restoring peace and
justice to the galaxy.
Leia has sent her most daring
pilot on a secret mission
to Jakku, where an old ally
has discovered a clue to
Luke’s whereabouts . . . .
This crawl is notable as it contains the title for The Last Jedi!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The prequel film Rogue One does not actually feature a crawl at all and it’s the first live action Star Wars movie to not have the text (not counting the Ewok movies, Caravan of Courage or Battle for Endor or The Clone Wars).
It does, however, show the traditional ‘a long time ago, in a far away galaxy’ line following the introduction to the Erso family.
The Last Jedi
“THE LAST JEDI
“The FIRST ORDER reigns. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leader Snoke now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the galaxy.
“Only General Leia Organa’s band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.
“But the Resistance has been exposed. As the First Order speeds toward the rebel base, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape….”
So there you have all 7 Star Wars crawls. Which one do you think best reflects the movie in which it features?
Han Solo movie opening text
Solo did not have a crawl but it did have this text displayed on screen.
“Opening Scroll: It is a lawless time. Crime Syndicates compete for resources – food, medicine, and hyperfuel. On the shipbuilding planet of Corellia, the foul Lady Proxima forces runaways into a life of crime in exchange for shelter and protection. On these mean streets, a young man fights for survival, but yearns to fly among the stars…”
The Rise of Skywalker Opening Crawl
The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.
GENERAL LEIA ORGANA dispatches secret agents to gather intelligence, while REY, the last hope of the Jedi, trains for battle against the diabolical FIRST ORDER.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader KYLO REN rages in search of the phantom Emperor, determined to destroy any threat to his power….