“Every saga has a beginning… Even this one.”
“Furby Wars” was the first “feature” film directed by Ernie Vasquez. At 15 years old, Ernie borrowed his parents’ VHS-C camcorder and gathered his friends from the neighborhood to film his own action movie complete with NERF shoot outs, choreographed lightsaber battles, and homemade squibs. The final 45-minute epic took over two years to complete.
The first film in a planned thrillogy, “Episode I: The Furby Menace,” combined elements of Ernie’s favorite action films including Star Wars, The Matrix, and The Rock. Sadly, the sequels never quite materialized…
Behind the Scenes
The first half of the film was edited all in-camera, so if there was a mistake the camcorder would be rewound and the bad take would be taped over. Midway through filming, the VHS-C camcorder broke down. Fortunately, Ernie’s aunt donated a full-size VHS camcorder to keep production going. Digital video editing was also introduced about half-way into production which drastically improved the film’s sound mixing and special effects.
Production started on “Epsiode II: Agent Jon Strikes Back” in 2003, but interest shifted towards other ErnieFilm projects.
Storyline: On the small planet Mecca, two Jedi-like warriors named Furby Hunter and Michael-Won set out on an adventure to rescue their fat friend O’Neill who holds the key to restoring peace to the galaxy.
Tagline: Every saga has a beginning, even this one…
Production Co: ErnieFilm Productions LLC.
Release Date: June 7, 2002 (VHS)
Runtime: 45 minutes
Genres: Action | Sci-Fi