Yes, you did read that headline right.
YouTuber Thomas J. Yagodinski recently decided to pay tribute to one of his six-string heroes, the late Eddie Van Halen, with a breathtakingly detailed stop-motion animation video that shows a Jawa – a lovable, scrappy species of scavengers from the Star Wars universe – shredding "Eruption."
Created with a Jawa puppet and the stringing together of untold hundreds of photographs, the video is a remarkable piece of animation. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at its creation in a post from Yagodinski's Instagram below.
Armed with a 1:4, 16" miniature Frankenstrat, the Jawa says "Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was a virtuoso, innovator, intergalactic legend" (in his native language, of course), before giving the song a go.
"This was insanely fun to make, especially taking the solo apart, frame by frame, to replicate as closely as possible to the actual shredding," Yagodinski said. "Plus, I flippin' love Jawas!! RIP to the maestro, may his music live throughout the galaxy."
For more of Yagodinski's videos, stop by his YouTube channel.
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