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Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle -- In a sendoff of the original Star Wars, several fingers and thumbs are used to act out the roles of would-be heroes and villians as the forces of finger and thumb clash of an evil super-weapon.


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In a sendoff of the original Star Wars, several fingers and thumbs are used to act out the roles of would-be heroes and villians as the forces of finger and thumb clash of an evil super-weapon. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Steve Oedekerk 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Oedekerk  written by

Produced by
Matthew Aufdenspring .... associate producer
Tom Koranda .... producer
Paul Marshal .... producer
Steve Oedekerk .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Folk 
Cinematography by
Mike DePrez 
Film Editing by
Mike DePrez 
Gary Dimaggio 
Dennis Dumford 
Sean Adam O'Hair 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kater 
Art Direction by
Jorg Dubin 
Makeup Department
Laurel Kelly .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Laus .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
David Cooke .... assistant property master
Jorg Dubin .... set builder
Sal Guletta .... set builder
James Schexnaydre .... property master
Van Sengenhanh .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Dan Shattuck .... sound supervisor
Harrison Winter .... post-production sound
Special Effects by
Jerry Gergely .... special effects makeup
Matthew Jorgensen .... special effects makeup artist: Optic Nerve Studio
Dave Merrell .... special effects supervisor
Robert Miller .... model builder (1999)
Robert Miller .... puppet builder (1999)
Visual Effects by
Dave Adams .... CG animator
Dave Adams .... CG modeler
Chris Cowan .... modeler
Susan Ishida .... CG modeler
Geoffrey Kater .... CGI model supervisor
Don Mccoy .... CG modeler (credited on DVD)
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... consultant: Ultimatte
Garrett Reese .... visual effects
Emile Edwin Smith .... CGI explosions
Brian Thomas .... director of technology
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Hunt .... video assistant
Andy Jagerson .... grip
Kirk Manton .... gaffer
Thomas McCarty .... key grip
Tony Perija .... alternate grip
Tim Swanson .... wrap grip
Eric Wylie .... grip
Animation Department
Joe Barnett .... animator
Mariae Bui .... animator
Jim Carbonetti .... 3D animator
Scott Dalton .... animator
Christine Daly .... animator
Iah Gallardo .... animator
John Gillardo .... assistant animator
Eric Hance .... animator
Dominic Jackson .... animator
Josh Judd .... animator
Fred Kaplan .... animator
Geoffrey Kater .... 3D animator
Todd Kausen .... animator
Matthew Maxwell .... animator
David Monaco .... animator
Kim Phipps .... animator
Garrett Reese .... assistant animator
Robbie Robfogel .... animator
Mike Rust .... animator
Jeffery Scheetz .... supervising animator
Erick Schiele .... animator
Amanda Sokoloff .... animator
Geordie Spradling .... animator
Thomas Wells .... animator
Mark Welser .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Analia Garcia .... assistant costumer
Kate McDermott .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ryan Karstad .... assistant editor
John Laus .... head editor
Lisa McNichols .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Feinman .... composer: additional music
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Other crew
Matt Akey .... production coordinator
Jeff Scott Edwards .... production assistant
Courtney Fairhurst .... set coordinator
Josh Forbes .... production assistant
Jill Harrell .... office intern (as Jill C. Harrell)
Lynn Kulaga .... production assistant (as Lynne Kulaga)
John Listor .... production assistant
Julie Maldonato .... key set production assistant
Bryan Marell .... production assistant
Andy Sands .... creatures
Lauren Sherman .... script supervisor
Jonathon E. Stewart .... pre-production coordinator
Truman Van Dyke .... insurance
John Vulich .... creatures
Sam Wayman .... production assistant (as Sam Tyler-Wayman)
Ben Wylie .... production assistant
Josh Ernstrom .... intern (uncredited)
Tony Pyle .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Thumb Wars" - USA (alternative title)
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29 min | Japan:26 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The animation format used to animate thumbs was later used to animate Steve Oedekerk's tongue in Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002).See more »
Loke Groundrunner:I've got three FIST fighters coming from my left!
Annoying Pilot:Copy, Stray Dog!
Loke Groundrunner:I, I don't think I'm Stray Dog.
Annoying Pilot:Copy that, Red Rooster!
Loke Groundrunner:I, I don't think I'm Red Rooster either.
Annoying Pilot:No problem, Nasty Butler!
Loke Groundrunner:I'm ending this transmission.
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Thumbs up; even more quotable than Star Wars, 9 July 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

Ace Ventura director Steve Oedekerk is all about overblown physical comedy and Thumb Wars, a Star Wars parody, is in no way an exception to his style. It is a half hour's long spoof of the old Star Wars trilogy (not the Phantom Menace, as the title suggests) in which thumbs are used as characters. You may think you have the good taste not to see this, but I assure you that some of the jokes had me in stitches when I first saw it and I am still quoting this film today, years later. However, you most definitely need to be a Star Wars fan and/or well familiar with the films in order to appreciate the gags that Oedekerk attempts.

Oedekerk has snapped up on all of the already silly things and the poor writing in the original Star Wars saga, and taken them to the extreme by making them twice as silly and overblown. Take the borderline whiny attitude of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker; in Thumb Wars an opportunity to make fun of this is never missed and the character has this whiny voice and complains about everything. It starts with Luke living at his uncle and aunt's house, much like the original saga, and confronting them one day with: "YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM INSIDE! YOU NEVER HAVE! I'M GONNA RUN AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK EVER! " (*storms out crying*) And so starts his adventure to overthrow the empire. Oedekerk also points to the things that George Lucas simply never bothered to explain. Like, Leia (or Princess Bunhead, as she is appropriately called here) once in the empire ship: "I escaped somehow. Let's go." Priceless.

Sometimes, the observant viewer can tell that a lot of thought has been put into some of the lines, like the thumb of Han Solo constantly making references to Harrison Ford's movies. While other times, the lines are so random that you just have to laugh out loud. It's also freaky how much thumb Obi-Wan Kenobi sounds like Alec Guinness, the real Obi-Wan. Pay attention to details like this and remember not to take things too seriously. Thumb Wars isn't flawless and there were one or two gags that I thought could have been removed completely, but the awesome dialogue usually makes up for this. I've seen all of the thumb parodies (Blair Witch Thumb, Thumbtanic, etc) and this is my favourite.

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