Greenpeace fights the dark side - Click above to watch the video after the jump

Greenpeace has launched a parody of the Volkswagen Little Vader Super Bowl commercial. This time, the pint-sized Sith squares off against various heroes of the Rebel Alliance, including kid-form versions of Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia and a Jedi Knight. There's even a tiny Lando Calrissian.

Why the neighborhood throw down? According to Greenpeace, Volkswagen is opposing European legislation that would impose further limits on the amount of C02 that new vehicles are allowed to emit. The video then draws an easy parallel between VW and the Evil Empire, complete with a looming VW-badged Death Star.

If you want to watch Episode II, you'll need to sign up on the Greenpeace website. The organization will e-mail the head honchos at Volkswagen on your behalf to decry their actions, so make sure you mean it. As of the time of writing, around 21,441 "rebels" have joined the cause to watch the second video. Hit the jump to check out Episode I for yourself, and head over to the Greenpeace site for more information.





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      darthjayson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Greenpeace used a lot of energy resources to film, edit, and distribute these ads. Where did they get their energy from?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darthjayson
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      Notorius Biv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks Greenpeace. Now I like VW even moe ;)
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ironically VW was the car brand of choice for hippies during the 1960's.
      jhlc5
      • 3 Years Ago
      What B.S,dose greenpeace realize they hurt tjheir own cause doing stuff like this.I doubt it both greenpeace and P.E.T.A are a farce
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150241863196305&set=a.426037731304.186024.144144931304&type=1&ref=nf http://www.vwdarkside.com/ I don't really know. The above links look pretty badass to me and, if anything, are just additional advertising to VW.
      OhReallyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      All politics aside this is a super cute & funny commerical. I repsect the environment and my last two cars have been VW's/Audi's. Hopefully it'll open up a dialogue that will encourage real change that is beneficial to everyone.
      Sandre'
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Way to get a commercial concern on your side, Greenpeace. This is a total fail for your PR department.
      Earthly Scum
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you George for shutting these people up.
      DarwinianReject
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drive a fuel-efficient car. I turn off the lights when I leave a room. I buy energy star appliances. I always make sure to have a full load before doing the laundry. I recycle, I reduce, I reuse. But every time I hear about Greenpeace it makes me want to club baby seals, spear whales, dip seabirds in crude oil, chop down rain forests, and drive around needlessly in an H2 Hummer. F*** Greenpeace.
        Ricardo Reyes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DarwinianReject
        Bravo for thinking for yourself. I do all those things myself not for the environment, but for myself. I do it to save money. :o)
          Jamie Elmhirst
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ricardo Reyes
          If you don't do it out of respect for the environment than you must not have any children. If you do have children, then you clearly don't care much about the future they inherit.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ricardo Reyes
          Ricardo, you get it. Saving energy means saving money, and saving money is always a good thing, so why NOT be conscious of your decisions? I do much of the same because I know it'll save me money. As for Jamie, if you operate solely out of respect to the environment then you must not care about what happens to your children. Going overboard with 'green' products, you'll soon find out that much of it is toxic. From cleaning to building materials, a lot of things are cancerous but people like you buy them anyway.
      Miguel Magc C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Totally agree with Greenpeace, hope VW joins the good side, because this planet need our help, and if is not demand for Hybrids then make it. I´ve never seen that car company´s promote that much their Hybrids as they do with other cars.
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Miguel Magc C
        Actually VWs makes almost the same emissions as hybrids without looking for rare minerals for the batteries and providing a real driving experience. They also are one of the few manufactures that sells diesel cars in the U.S. that can be run with vegetal oil. Hybrids are cars for morons that are to lazy to do a simple research.
        Rexxer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Miguel Magc C
        This planet is fine...
          AnalogJesse
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rexxer
          According to... the climate "skeptics" who are funded by oil companies. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/climate-change-sceptic-willie-soon Pretty basic stuff here. Oil companies have profits to protect. They don't want us to buy less gas.
          Ronnie H
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rexxer
          Nice selective broad brush, there, AnalogJesse. Many skeptics are NOT oil funded, and tons of "end of the world" climate changers are funded only because their research bias pushes the man-made climate disaster scenario, which, BTW, is a $billion industry rife with government largess / subsidy... And we know that always goes to the most reliable businesses / apolitical types, right? Also, input costs for supposedly clean, green alternative options are so danged expensive precisely because of all the required input (non alt energy, environmental degradation, etc.) required to create the alternative energy. More studies finding that Green alternatives are less than green... BUT highly profitable to the businesses that push them (and the self serving politico-billionaires riding on the back of the legislation). Al Gore makes a mint off this hokum BS... Yet you don't give a hoot.
      iwkjp1
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW is evil empire.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Greenpeace doesn't do much to advance environmentalism. Just a bunch of irrational pansies at the extreme. If you're pragmatic enough, don't listen to greenpeace, listen to yourself to save the planet. Greenpeace is just all kinds of wrong in this world. Just as bad as Fox news is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Aristotle once said to strike the mean/middle---and for good reason.
        Ronnie H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        Well... Not a huge fan of their extremism, but on the other hand, there are those who would rape the earth in every way possible in order to make a dime / keep their power, etc. -- e.g. two wrongs don't make a right, but I'm Glad somebody speaks up for the environment, though.... Too bad GP is generally a bunch of marxists, oblivious / ignoring / blinded by the reality that, in the end, their screwy philosophy does more to inhibit advancement, resulting in far worse environmental degradation.
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