OMG, 'Jedi Kittens!'
September 19th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

OMG, 'Jedi Kittens!'

Why "Jedi Kittens?"

The better question, for Portland, Oregon resident Zach King, is "why not?"

“A buddy of mine had recently adopted these two new kittens, and we were talking about how sweet it would be if they could duel with lightsabers," King said. "So we shot the video that night. We knew there was nothing on YouTube like that, and we uploaded it that morning. Within a week and a half we had over a million hits, we were shocked. We knew we had the audience to make a second one."

The 16 second video – which has made enough "Star Wars" fans (and cat lovers) squee since it was posted on August 25 to get over a million page views – has indeed spawned a sequel, "Jedi Kittens Strike Back."

King – who plays the part of the kittens' annoyed owner in the videos – took some time away from planning what's sure to be the third of a trilogy to talk more to CNN Geek Out about the web phenomenon.

CNN: So the first "Jedi Kittens" video clearly wasn't enough.

King: We decided we should make a second one, maybe make a three-part series or something like that. We did the second one and it got a million views within the first three days. And we were like, this is awesome!

CNN: How big of a "Star Wars" nerd are you?

King: I’m just a regular fan, but George Lucas really did have an impact on me on filmmaking. I remember watching his movies growing up and thinking, "I wanna make movies like that!" And in a way I am, with "Jedi Kittens." It’s kinda funny.

CNN: How much work went into these videos?

King: The first video took seven or eight hours with shooting. The second video took about 24 hours to do. I created the props from scratch with cardboard, and shot the video in a few hours, and then the rest of the time was spent doing visual effects.

CNN: What's next for "Jedi Kittens?"

King: I can’t promise when it will be out, but I know that "Jedi Kittens" definitely has an epic conclusion coming soon, and I think people are really gonna enjoy it.

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  1. Anabolika Steroide Online

    Ich zweifellos sehnte sich nach einer Bestätigung entstehen Mittel, um die wir für alle einen herrlichen Beitrag zeigen wir auf geekout.blogs.cnn.com gewesen zu schätzen. Meine erweiterte Internet-Sack hat sofort mit grossem Strategien berühmt zu gehen mit meinen Freunden sowie Familie. würden wir zeigen, was die meisten von uns Besuchern im wesentlichen wurden zweifellos geheiligt zu existieren in einem auffälligen Ort mit wirklich sehr unverdünnt Menschen mit profitable Hinweise. fühlen wir uns in der Tat verpflichtet erkannt Ihre Web-Seiten sowie Verhalten dreiste um so die meisten einige mehr außergewöhnliche Minuten Feier der Masse hier zu haben. Vielen Dank, wir wieder für alle a Details.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  2. kaufen Winstrol

    Gute write-up, I normalen Besucher geekout.blogs.cnn.com bin, warten bis die nette Bedienung, und es wird ein regelmäßiger Besucher für eine lange Zeit sein.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  3. Lubiana

    Well that was simply adorable and very creative

    October 7, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  4. XWngLady

    LOL....love it!

    September 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  5. Chrys

    That was awesome!! Thank you so much for this article! You absolutely made my day.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  6. Melissa

    Here's a shocking idea, how about you actually do some research BEFORE you post?

    There is a "making of" film on youtube by the makers of these videos.

    These kittens are rescue kittens from the pound. They both had eye infections, one was already over it, the other was still on antibiotics. They are both obviously loved by the makers of these videos.

    The cats paws are NOT taped together or elasticed together or anything else as dumb. Well in a way they were. They are clear pieces of tape wrapped and facing the outside so their fur wouldn't get pulled and the kittens wouldn't hurt. The "lightsaber" is actually a stick thats attached to the tape. The tape can be slipped off at any time easily and does not pull the kittens fur. Then they used special fx to create the rest.

    Where you see the cats "standing up", they are being held up by their owners hands which are then removed in post production before release.

    I don't see any evidence of these kittens being hurt in any way. Everything I see is the owners being very loving and caring toward them. I am very much a cat lover and I'd be very upset if I saw any evidence of them being treated badly.

    Do your research instead of believing everything you see on the net.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  7. Ilan

    Not News, and also not even close to Star Wars kid.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • ick

      Not Star Wars... Star Wars Kid, you may not remember or know about the kid who videotaped himself on a school camcorder then the next kids that checked it out took the footage and put the lightsaber effects in? That is what he is talking about, not the Star Wars Saga.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • chu

      stop being a party pooper.

      September 22, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  8. Trazey

    bahahah so fun! kittie jedis! get that dude out of it tho, have it just be kitties!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  9. Stephen

    Cute. Also- not news.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • XWngLady

      What's all this chatter about "its not news"...There are different kinds of "news"...economic news, entertainment news, international news, etc. How boring would this world be if all we talked about was crime, terrorism, natural disasters and economic ruin. Sheesh. Lighten up.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  10. Collin

    I love it, already sent them to my wife.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  11. Yashca

    This was cute. If you want to see something truly funny place a piece of scotch tape on the bottom of your cat's feet.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  12. Darth Caine

    I caught my first jedi 34 years ago at the drive-in, and they're still catching headlines. Most impressive. Now let's see how them kitties handle a disco ball. Lasercats, ho!

    September 20, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • jlv

      The force must be strong with you to catch a Jedi powerful indeed you must be.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  13. Gary D.

    It's cute, but he tied their paws together with either tape or rubber bands, to make the video.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Kat

      Yeah, I noticed that too. The paws were bound somehow. Not cool.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Ryan

      Watch the "Making of" video associated with it on YT. You'll see that they did it with the tape facing outwards so it wouldn't be uncomfortable or have anything sticking to the fur.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  14. J0nx

    Mew Mew

    September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Brianna

      ¿No inlfuirá también la creencia popular de que si está malo funciona mejor?, ¿como las medicinas que están asquerosas? Porque vamos, eso tiene que estar asqueroso.Y lo de las carretillas, ahora ya ni con eso, como no hay obras...

      February 1, 2012 at 2:36 am |
  15. MightyMoo

    Cute but I can't believe this made CNN. 24 hour news get desperate.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Don'tBeACynic

      When CNN runs out of webspace, and you have people who read these stories (you included), i'll consider your opinion valid....

      September 20, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • JEx

      How dare any news agency report on something fun, cute and non-violent for our eyes to look at. BLASPHEMY I TELL YOU

      September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • jlv

        You so burned that heretic.

        September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  16. SHAUNA

    This is TOO cute! OMG is right this was precious :o)

    September 20, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  17. angel

    i think it was sooo cute-we are large star wars fans-the kitties looked like they had fun-it was short-and these people save them-i dont see abuse or anything close to it-it was a great first thing in the morning laugh!!! LUKE I AM YOUR KITTIE!!! hahahahaha

    September 20, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Linda

      may the fur be with you!

      September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Linda

      hey garret.. your an idiot.. lighten up!!

      September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • Gina

        @93ZAKATAK I don't utdarsnend, why would you assume the 5 dislikes are from Iowa fans and not Oklahoma State fans? I'm an Iowa fan (who hates Iowa State) and I watched the entire game? and cheered when the Cyclones won. Not really sure why you would choose to single the HAWKEYE'S out...

        February 1, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  18. TC

    Taping their paws together isn't considered funny in my book.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • concordantmind

      LOL! Great video! Why must every single person on cnn shove a giant stick up their behind before commenting? You people are the most unhappy, whiny, annoying people on earth.

      September 20, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Normajean

      The lillte one on the right, his little right eye looks infected. Not OK!

      September 20, 2011 at 8:24 am |
      • Funny but...

        I noticed the eye infection too. That, and the obvious taping of the paws, is making it hard to enjoy. :(

        September 20, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  19. Fkkittens

    People act like degenerates... Sad...

    September 20, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  20. Brian McKinley

    They had better be nice to those kitties and keep them even after their 15 minutes are over. I can come get them if your going to just throw them out. Just saying.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • Don'tBeACynic

      Oh Em Gee – Did you even read the article. He stated that the idea for the video came AFTER his friend and gotten new Kittens. Obviously he likes cats.....

      September 20, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  21. PP

    I can't tell how good or bad the video is because there is a HUGE ANNOYING AD that pops up in the middle of it, not matter how many times you've seen the video. Media delivery and advertising failure to the extreme, boys. Make sure people can view your video without the ad after the first view. Otherwise, it's hard to get a clean look at the thing.

    Freaking advertising. The internet is one giant freaking ad.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • Fish

      Yeh, every since Google bought YouTube you get "Ads by Google" before everything. It's become automatic to just close the box without even reading it.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • jlv

      Your right because free videos should pay for security, privacy, staff salaries, and hardware without having anyway to generate income. After all you would except my enjoyment of your comment in place of a paycheck right.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  22. ElisabethinCA

    I think people should have to pass a test to be able to leave comments on a story, blog, or article. I cannot believe the people that are putting down this guy for his cat's eye. If you would bother to read anything and do a little research you would know that they kittens were RESCUES, they had eye infections which is very prevalent in rescues and have had and are currently getting treatment for them. Instead you jump to conclusions and accuse a person of something that isn’t even happening. Quit the judgments, check your facts. Instead of jumping on this guy, why don't you jump on the people that don't spay and neuter, and worse dump their pets when they don't want them anymore. Those are the people that deserve your judgments and abuse. These cats don't look distressed at all. And this coming from my best friend who is a Vet and graduated top of her class at UC Davis. What do you do for a living besides sit and judge people?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • stu

      Well said!!!!

      September 20, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • Normajean

      I am glad to hear that and no Idid not look it up first I just reacted. So forgive my other post.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  23. jander

    I love it!

    September 20, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  24. Hank

    "We knew there was nothing on YouTube like that..."

    Are you kidding? Isn't that like...EVERY video on YouTUBE?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  25. Andrew

    this is news? really CNN? I mean, really? come on.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • C

      News doesn't have to be just some dry economic story, stories about people dying. People used to complain that is all it was and now people complain when a CNN BLOG reports something that happened and is popular–news, sort of.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
      • x

        You're wrong.

        September 20, 2011 at 12:11 am |
      • Fish

        People just want to complain no matter what the story is...

        September 20, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • jlv

        This just in CNN should close its doors because someone will complain about anything, this isn't news, thats not news. These annoying comments aren't news. After all nothing is news so therfore CNN should report on NOTHING. And there is a new study out that uses anecdotal evidence to prove that a lot of people are jerks.

        September 20, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • ElisabethinCA

      @ Andrew then why did you even click on the link? Did you notice the tabs at the top of the page? They say Entertainment, living, tech, health, travel, There are a lot of other things on a news site (all the news sites) then just straight Politcal, Criminal, or financial news. If you didn't know by clicking on the link "Jedi Kittens" that it wasn't a serious news story, then you have got more problems then you think.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  26. outawork

    PETA's going to freak!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • C

      PETA is ridiculous. Even my vegan friends who are very much about animal welfare agree. If the kittens didn't go through this biting and scratching, it's OK, PETA!

      September 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  27. Dogs4Life

    Why do cat people tend to be a little odd (to put it nicely)?

    September 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • jlv

      Your right because carrying your dog in a purse or putting clothing or costumes on them is strange at all.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  28. Chicken Grub

    Cat people are really weird. Especially if they're guys

    September 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • ed

      i'll tell you whats weird, following an animal down the sidewalk and scraping its poop off someones lawn, then carrying it in your hand till you get home

      September 20, 2011 at 12:00 am |
      • Hank

        Yeah, that's the main reason I don't get a dog. It's absolutely ridiculous to think that I have to carry a bag of $#% around.

        September 20, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • jlv

      Yeah and clicking on a link about cats to complain about cat people is sooo normal and well adjusted.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  29. huxley

    Jedi Kittens clearly needs more stormtroopers and Giant Tupak Lizards in the background. Time for a digital re-release!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • jlv

      That's what I was thinking, that they should ruin it like Lucas.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  30. prometheus

    I've eaten a cat before. They DO NOT taste like chicken. Trust me.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  31. JediMind

    I watch this like 15 times
    This is a good one , a very good one

    September 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Chicken Grub

      Sheesh, did you tug it also? Calm down, they're only kittens. You're weird.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  32. Jenga

    Oh great, watch all the crazy cat ppl come out to these comments board. Cat ppl scare me, they're weirdos!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • jlv

      Yeah your normal curl back up into the fetal position and click your heels 3 times saying there's no place like home in my parents basement.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  33. Mr Grillz Princy Poo

    I actually worked on the set and can personally guarantee you that we beat the shlt of out those kittems

    September 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  34. Marine5484

    Are people really arguing on how the cats are "abused" by the owner instead of enjoying the video.....PETA listen up...don't become the WBC of the animal world please.

    September 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Hex

      WBC is the new PETA.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  35. jackieallure

    You are all crazy. The cats aren't being harmed here lol. What- a cat was bounced around? Boo-hoo, go slave babies being beaten by their parents and wives being abused by their husbands before you knock on this sick kittay jedi-warrior video. Back off PETA peeps. These kittayz is havin funzzz.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Jackie

      *save

      September 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  36. David

    Come on these kittens are obviously not real jedis.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • jlv

      Jedis aren't real Jedis. They're fictional. The mind is weak with this one.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  37. JASON

    CatsRule

    I noticed the same thing on the cat. It looks like it's eyes are messed up. I just hope who ever is making the video is not hurting the cats. Both kittens are cute and no way should you replace the kitten if its eyes are normal. Just don't hurt the poor guys

    September 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Kyle

      They were rescued from the pound. Both were born prematurely and had eye infections. They both went on antibiotics. The grey opne is already over it. The other one though, as you can tell, still has a bit of one. (From the behind the scenes video on the making of the first one.)

      September 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  38. CatsRule

    Those kitties don't look too happy to me. Whoever did this – they are your pets to whom you have great responsibilities. They are not there to make you famous or serve your egos. Please explain why the right Kittie's eye and nose look damaged.

    Don't forget all the instances of elephants and lions who go off on their trainers who have abused them. Think before you post this stuff.

    It could be cute but is suspect to me.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • jay

      Hey catsrule,, Ever think maybe the reason the cat looks "beat up" is because he rescued it from a shelter to give it a life of fame and fortune.. you seem like a bitter neverwas to me.

      September 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Read

      I was reading it all the way through and they said they adopted them so I think the Damage might have come from their other owners or they were stray at first.

      September 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • renonow2

      So, just when did you have your senseofhumorectomy?

      September 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Faine

      He said in his "making of" video that the kittens were rescued from a shelter and had eye infections when they were adopted–for which they were given medicine. They both look extremely well taken care of and very happy. What have *you* done lately to help stray animals besides accusing some great guys who gave these kittens a happy home of abuse?

      September 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • nicole

      for the ones that are concerned about the kittens eye it states he adopted most likely from a spca so meaning most likely he could have been a stray I have helped take cats off the street most the times the babies look a little ruff or have at least got there tail broken while on the streets. These ones look perfectly happy

      September 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Mr Grillz Princy Poo

      His nose and eye was messup bc i punted it off our balcony :)

      September 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Fernando

      cats can find ways to amuse themselves, and you are giinvg them attention every day so they are probably happy .. some people dont even bother to give their cats that much attention so dont worry, you are giinvg them love and attention and that is good

      July 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  39. JulieInTheMidwest

    I volunteer for a no-kill shelter and it was nice to see something out there that was fun rather than just another story about abuse. Bad news can be so overwhelming that the unexpected smile feels especially good. Thanks for sharing the videos. Keep it up!

    September 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  40. CaliforniaCatLover

    Loved it! Looking forward to the 3rd installment.

    September 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  41. MeowTV2

    Zomg this is awsome :) cute meows ..

    September 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Johanna

      Me gusats tu estilo, muy buen artículo. Da gusto leer algo así en lugar de las típicas reseñas de nutrición de consejos consabidos de las que está plagada la blogosfera. Te añado a mi lista de blogs recomendados!

      February 1, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  42. n8

    THIS is front page news?!

    September 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • L

      My thoughts exactly

      September 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Don'tBeACynic

      What does it matter is on the front page? What makes you so all knowing that you think you know what should or should not be "Front Page News".....that was a term used for newspapers when what you put on the Front Page actually drove sales up or down. This is a website, they have so much room it's not even funny......get over yourself.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am |
      • Martina

        It would depend on the bederer. Breeders should not be painted with the same brush. Tho you should be prepared for questions regarding care of the kitten should you not be able to keep it. IOW do you have family members that could step in and care for the kitty?Since your residence is temporary what would happen if you had to relocate and the new place didn't allow animals. Since kittens are a long term commitment you should have a long term plan.If a particular bederer seems to be too controlling, move on. There are others that may think differently and worry less, trust more.Just FYI I have been a cat bederer for 20 years and I have sold kittens to the students at FSU and University of Miami.In closing, when a good, caring, responsible, pet owner is paired with a good, caring, responsible, bederer it would seem like the perfect *marriage*Good luck with your new kitten

        June 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  43. 3 Dog Mama

    Too cute!

    September 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  44. Boringdoc

    Well done! Both kitties look happy and healthy (second kitty with left eye lid issue is perfectly fine in the Strike Back episode).

    September 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  45. Avie Layne

    ROTFLMAO

    September 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  46. kazz

    kittens are now cute, they are lame

    September 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  47. Alan

    Just...stop.

    September 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  48. Juggernaut

    man, the cat on the right is FUGLY and scary looking.

    September 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • GnatB

      Maybe it was an abused rescue kitty? Looks like the right side of it's face was damage somehow... that, or it had a runin with a Wampa

      September 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm |