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George Lucas: Who'd a thought cat videos would be a thing?

In an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, the "Star Wars" creator wonders what the world is coming to. Especially the online world.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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George Lucas is not a fan of cat videos. Sundance Film Festival/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

And you lurch toward the leaving end of your life, the phrase "What's the world coming to?" tends to batter the inside of your brains more often.

Once upon a time, the release of an LP was a sacred, worldwide event. Now everything is short and rarely memorable. There's a lot to get to, after all.

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas seems rather perplexed with today's culture. He peers out from his lofty perch and sees a coming darkness of the soul.

At least that's what I take from his remarks at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday.

The Web, it seems, confounds him to delirium. It's so ridiculously small. Indeed, he said: "I would never guess that people would sit (...) all day long and watch cats do stupid things."

One can imagine that, for a serious filmmaker who brought the world such seminal characters as Darth Vader and, um, Jar Jar Binks, the essential frivolousness of humanity is a mite disturbing.

There again, we're all human, aren't we? Has Lucas never shared a YouTube video of, say, a man dropping his trousers and singing "God Save The Queen" on an open-top bus?

Has he never been tempted to RickRoll? Has he never watched an animal open and close its mouth repeatedly and thought to himself: "Hmm, I could put a funny voice to this and slip it onto YouTube?"

We are, after all, talking about the executive producer of "Howard The Duck." We are also talking about someone who, in this very interview, offered these words to describe thinking outside the box: "What if big dogs could fly spaceships?"

Lucas was insistent that he wasn't responsible for the dumbing down, the blockbusterization of movies. "If you go into 'Star Wars' and see what's going on there, there's a lot more substance than circus." In his early days, he said, he didn't even like plots.

Lucas also revealed that he was never some sort of science fiction obsessive, but revealed himself as being a very talented marketer of t-shirts and toys based on his movie characters. Indeed, he said his company made far more money on the souvenirs than on the movies themselves.

For him, new technologies are over-hyped. "I never invented any technology," he said. In the end, the most important thing for Lucas is entertainment. (Wait, cat videos aren't entertaining?)

Of the science in his most famous movie, he mused: "I'd say that at least 10 percent of the things in 'Star Wars' have come to pass."

In the remaining 90 percent, though, is Bart The Zombie Cat.

(Via Variety)