Geeks interpret 'How It Should Have Ended'
February 13th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Geeks interpret 'How It Should Have Ended'

It's the kind of question fanboys and fangirls ask just about every day.

If Darth Vader was so strong in the Force, how did the Rebels beat him in the original "Star Wars: A New Hope?"

If Gandalf had a giant eagle at his disposal, why didn't it come in handy at the end of "Return of the King?"

The geeks behind have been pondering these questions for years, and animating their own mini-fanfiction stories with alternate ending to beloved franchise films (the one where "Terminator" meets "Back to the Future" is another highlight).

Yes, geeks have their favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror films, but because we're geeks, we can spot plot holes a mile away.


CNN Geek Out spoke to How It Should Have Ended's Tina Alexander about the video series:

CNN Geek Out: Do you feel like you are tapping into what geek fans are really thinking? Why do you think fans are interested in fanfiction or changing stories?

Alexander: I think our "Harry Potter" HISHE definitely came the closest to fanfiction. We'd love to think we tap into what geek fans are thinking because we're pretty huge geek fans ourselves. But honestly we're just having fun. Sometimes we kick ourselves for naming it "How It Should Have Ended" because it makes us sound like we're trying to have some sort of final say or that our way is the "right" way. When really... we're just being silly. Honestly. The majority of the films we spoof we really love. Believe me, the time it takes to make one and the amount of times we see a film to do it ... it's far more fun for us if we actually liked the film!

CNN Geek Out: What inspired you to start this series?

Alexander: The series was inspired by our love for movies. We'd seen a few bad endings and laughed about how they might have ended from a more realistic perspective. We launched the website in July of 2005 and making the cartoons was just a hobby for us and a way for Daniel Baxter (the artist/animator) to dabble in some programs and produce something. The response we got encouraged us to make more. To date we've created 60 "How It Should Have Ended"  cartoons.


CNN Geek Out: Which ones have received the most response?

Alexander: Our first "Star Wars" cartoon (Episode IV) was a huge hit from our tiny perspectives because it crashed our little website in the summer of 2005. We kept running out of bandwidth. When we launched our partnership with Starz in September of 2009, we released "Terminator: How It Should End" and the response was so great that we still get e-mails from people asking us to make it a full-length film. Which is hilarious to us. We also received a pretty phenomenal response for our "Harry Potter" HISHE this past August, which was exciting because we put so much work and research into it.


CNN Geek Out: Has anyone involved with any of the movies responded to you?

Alexander: Not exactly. One of the directors of "Toy Story 3" tweeted about our cartoon spoofing the movie. Way back when we did our "Superman Returns" HISHE, Brandon Routh commented about it in an online interview. We think it's pretty cool that they saw them and ultimately we'd LOVE to get some actors to play themselves in the cartoons. That would be incredible.

CNN Geek Out: Any new videos on the horizon?

Alexander: "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" releases this week. We have every intention of doing "Hunger Games" (which is highly requested) even though it makes us really nervous! We also foresee a heavy superhero summer with all the "Avengers" and "Batman" action hitting theaters.


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  1. archangelmichael2

    If it's CNN offering the site then it's going to be stupid and gross.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  2. Amanda

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    March 7, 2012 at 1:57 am |
  3. Frodo

    So do u guys know the name of the one in the return of the king that has the deep voice and asks for the "shiny shirt"

    February 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  4. Frodo

    I think LOTR needed the names of the orcs and uruk-hai in the movie and the website

    February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  5. Frodo

    I think LOTR needed to have the Orc names said in the movies instead of in press releases

    February 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  6. Frodo

    LOTR ended great to me but I think a non book based sequel to follow up Sam and aragorn and the rest of the fellowship and did legolas leave on a boat or stay I want to know that

    February 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
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      November 14, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  7. Frodo

    I think In LOTR if the eagles tried to go into mordor before sauron was defeated they would've died

    February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  8. Frodo

    I wanted LOTR to end with them going in the undieing lands in a sequel but that end the dude said would have not been about books And it is based on a book teilogy and I think snape should have been able to kill nagini

    February 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  9. Strange Minds

    I've always imagined the ending of the LotR trilogy with Frodo and Gandalf and the elves on the boat to the "undying lands" and they all just start drinking kool-aid and dropping, Jonesboro-style. Before he drops, Gandalf explains to Frodo, "How else are we supposed to get to the 'undying lands?'" To which a shocked Frodo retorts with, "OH THIS IS BULL[expletive deleted]!"

    February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Frodo

      That end would've been stupid dude

      February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Frodo

      Expletive deleted I know u typed shiiiiiiit but that is funny that they won't show a cuss word

      February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
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      November 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  10. That Girl

    Muggles can kill snakes, even big scary ones. Always thought it was incredibly ridiculous that Snape could not.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  11. Hugh Jass

    Wow. Someone has too much free time.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • HeMo

      Says the guy who read the article and commented on it. Shouldn't you be doing something more productive with your life?

      February 15, 2012 at 9:58 am |
      • Will

        Says the guy, who had to say to the guy, that he had too much time.

        February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • Pedro

        I haven't watched Supernatural for so long that I have fogrotten what happened in Season 2. I may have to watch that season again. Psych and Supernatural are the only two TV shows that I must have on dvd. Oh, and the Simpsons.

        March 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Jako

      Says the guy, who said to the guy who said to the guy that he had too much time...

      February 15, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Vader

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      February 15, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Frodo

        dude what the heck that was so irronious

        February 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Uncle George

      Hmm... too much time you say? I guess the issue of "too much time" would have to have started with the original authors of the stories. Of course, I'm glad they took the time to write them; as I have enjoyed them in the past, and will continue to enjoy them for years to come.

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