Jedi squirrels? Yes plz!
December 2nd, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Jedi squirrels? Yes plz!

Really, after "Jedi Kittens," where do you go? Jedi Squirrels, of course!

There isn't really a lot to this concept. A man gave tiny lightsabers to the squirrels in his backyard, and voila! Viral video.


Over 200,000 views later, Bryan Harley (recently known for the sweded "Avengers" trailer) spoke to CNN Geek Out about his latest creation (which even got the attention of Lucasfilm):

CNN Geek Out: Obviously you've received a big response once again for this video.

Harley: Well, it turns out people enjoy watching animals with lightsabers, what can I say?

CNN Geek Out: What inspired it (besides "Star Wars" geekery of course)?

Harley: I have about a half-dozen California redwoods in my backyard and they're overpopulated with squirrels. One day I spotted a particular little fellow behaving rather strangely, erratically jumping through the air for seemingly no reason. I whipped out my video camera to record some of the action, but it wasn't until a week later that my younger brother gave me the idea to insert lightsabers.

CNN Geek Out: It does bring to mind one Jedi in particular...

Harley: If you've seen "Attack of the Clones," you've seen Yoda's particular style of swordplay. After making this video, all I can conclude is that perhaps some ILM animators found inspiration in Californian squirrels as well.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
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    December 29, 2011 at 4:34 am |
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    December 28, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  3. Lanette

    I apperiacte you taking to time to contribute That\'s very helpful.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  4. billy

    Hilarious! I love Star Trak.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  5. Statistic

    This is a complete rip-off of the Jedi Cats video's on Youtube..

    December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Jeb B

      Are you silly or what! This isn't from Star Trek haha! It's from the Brady Bunch!

      December 23, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  6. Tek Pal

    Sure squirrels are cute but add lightsabers and you have a golden goose right there. I think that all squirrels may be mentally disturbed though the way he fights with nothingness.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Nucking Futz

    Please tell me that no squirrels were hurt during the filming of this video.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      some futs were nucked during the shooting of this video. they were completely nucked up beyond all recognition.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  8. Just a Casual Observer

    Hey CNN GEEK Out, did you even bother to preview last weeks video imbedded in the last frame before putting this on your CNN Website as a Feature. Seems you've been trolled.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  9. Robin Bray

    Hey any of our sons and daughters still being killed in the middle-east CNN. I just wanted to check since it appears there isn't more important grown up news out there.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      well, if train enough of these nutty jedis to fight in the middle east, we will win the war sooner

      December 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Davethecanuck

      Go cry about it somewhere else moron...
      Maybe after you are done complaining about how they have a cartoon section in todays paper.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Steve

      Hey Robin In this time of financial chaos, mass unemployment, needless killing and people getting angrier in general I don't think a little squirrel humor is out of line.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • Delta@Steve

        Hear, hear!
        Funniest video I've seen in a long time.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Mike

      Afghanistan (and Iraq) are not Vietnam. In terms of percentage of our troops who have died, it's safer over there than it is over here. Our soldiers are more likely to be killed in a car accident, or, unfortunately, commit suicide over being jilted by someone they love, than they are to be struck by a bullet in Afghanistan. Those are the facts. As an Air Force veteran who served our country for 7 years, the majority of which was during both Iraq and Afghanistan, and who continues to serve in a civilian capacity after my back injury, I'd kindly ask you to leave us out of your politics and let us do our jobs... the jobs we volunteered for, knowing the consequences. It's much easier to finish up and come home when we're done if we don't have people trying to bring us home before our work is finished.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • Conscious Tumor

        Hear Hear. Nobody listens to reason-they just want to shout and complain to verify their existence. I'm probably headed to Afghanistan after college(Rangers if I qualify), but I hope the military isn't as plagued by bureaucracy like my college(and the rest of civilian life)seems to be.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  10. JoJoShabaduu

    How dare Mr.Harley attempt to provide levity and entertainment at no charge! He should be shot.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Aurora

      All the prizes are ablseutloy amazing and very generous. I would love to win the Dave Ramsey Store certificate, but the truly are all great.I follow through GFCThriftyWays(at)gmail(dot)com

      October 12, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  11. Steve

    How the hell does this qualify as front page news?

    December 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      how the hell did lucas manage to rake in millions and millions of dollars even today based on only six films and half of which were quite crappy?

      December 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  12. Kirk

    Wow. This is some old stuff man.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  13. Diana

    SHOW ME THE CARFAX!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Brian

      Who sells seashells down by the sea shore?

      December 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • Jennifer

        YOUR MOM!!!!!

        December 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  14. Cromozone

    Are there squirrels that give head?

    December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • GB

      Please stop posting here, Mr. Sandusky.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      it sounds like someone wants his nuts cracked... with FORCE!

      December 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  15. MTATL67

    Now we know how the $260K that Kentuckian Senator gave to the squirrel sanctuary was spent.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  16. SquirrelyBastid

    This was the lamest thing I ever saw.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      cheer up, you need to.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  17. GB

    "Don't touch that squirrel's nuts. It'll make him crazy."

    December 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  18. Flying Seamonkeys


    December 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  19. Kathy McAleer

    You are an idiot of the worst kind! This was obviously stuck to this poor animals paw. You should be fined big time for cruelty to animals. Grow up.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • james

      I hope you are joking.... really, i do.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Lor

      I REALLY hope you are joking...

      If you aren't – I can assure you that he added the lightsabre effect with After Effects.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • RonFromNM

      @Kathy: You're just an idiot. It's called video editing. If you read the article, you would have known that. BTW, there is no such thing as real-life light sabres...

      December 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • niknphoebs

      YOU are an idiot – the article clearly states the video was EDITED to make it look like the squirrel was holding a light saber.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • AJ

      Have you ever heard of computers? Digital animation? Rotoscoping? Geez, that's just sad.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Kathy M. (not2bconfusedw/KathyMcAleer)

      I really hope you were being're giving Kathy(s) everywhere a bad rap.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Not as Stupid

      trolling is a art
      everybody who replied was trolled

      December 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • B-Tard LOLZ

      Successful troll is successful.

      U MAD?!?

      December 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • SquirrelyBastid

      To all the negative replier's, welcome to Idiot Village.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • mestar_yado

      you shouldn't even be allowed to comment. FYI, even in the original 3 star wars movies (ep 4, 5, and 6), the light-sabers were added later onto the film – this is called film editing, and it didn't even need a computer.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  20. RARGH!

    NERD RAGE!!!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  21. pt6071

    I find your lack of acorns disturbing

    December 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • DJL


      December 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Orion Pax


      December 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  22. john dove

    Please someone make a video game of this. I would buy it 🙂

    December 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Orion Pax

      Squirrel Wars, Revenge of the Blue Jay.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  23. Sampsonite

    today was but with bridge to another county and then some.
    i can't happen but to with and my house on hill side
    they came and house you told friends
    but righful compare to rough side of train tracks downtown
    came upon to the with castle clouds

    told me number seventeen gilded lantern to bear
    happen with the right side ground effect
    tough sometimes year ten fold five
    soothing calm and he with but there was house

    finally, see water and animal to end
    high up rightful year to be her best thing
    plow, harvest, sow – such is way of thing
    another time ground land

    December 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • HueyNews

      Wow!!!!!!!!! That really sucks!

      December 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  24. captnavenger

    Fun enough, but not terribly original. I've had that old inspiration poster-style Jedi Squirrels pic, depicting a three-way Sith/Jedi fight and a hilarious, but unrepeatable caption written beneath, set as an old iMac's desktop at home for something like six years now.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Fiona

    I'm guessing the poor squirrelly ran into fire ants or something similar. Still, it's funny.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  26. Jason

    I am trapped in a 2006 bubble?

    December 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  27. C

    I liked Jedi Cats more but this was still very funny.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Fiona

      Return of the Jedi Kittens!

      December 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  28. Skullcom

    Epic Win. Nuff Said.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • anonymouse

      and you are an idiot.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • truefax

        No it is an epic win, you're just a killjoy.

        December 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm |