Today’s Important Charts

Star Wars movies title lengths by year:

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The long period of consensus on proper Star Wars movie title length has ended with a sharp decline.

Neither Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure nor Ewoks: The Battle for Endor were included in the first graph as they were TV movies. However, including them implies the recent decline is a natural correction to mid-1980’s excesses.

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Most importantly (save the strongest results till last) including all the movies and comparing title length to running time produces this important result:

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That’s an R-squared that’s not to be sneezed at!* 40% of the variance is explained by title length. According to the Felapton Towers research scientists the mathematical model is:

running time = 151.42 – 1.2979×title length

This is excellent news for when they produce the film entitled “R2”, chronicle his life and career as a Sith Lord. the model predicts a running time of 148.8242 minutes, which is shorter than The Last Jedi (a bit of an outlier). Whereas The Life, Loves and Wacky Adventures of Galactic Senator Jar-Jar Binks and All His Fun Friends will mercifully be only half an hour long.

*[Moral: be careful looking at correlations]

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11 thoughts on “Today’s Important Charts

  1. “Whereas The Life, Loves and Wacky Adventures of Galactic Senator Jar-Jar Binks and All His Fun Friends will mercifully be only half an hour long.”

    Even half an hour of Jar-Jar Binks is still too long.

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    1. I so wanted for the next Gungan they met to talk like Ronald Colman: “Ah, I see you’ve met poor Jar-Jar. Yes, lovely fellow, heart of gold and all that, but of course (taps forehead, lowers voice a tad) never been quite right, you see.”

      If Lucas wanted to recut that bit, I’d be all for it.

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      1. “For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed Up Zombies In The Outfield Of Lost Souls, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.”

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      2. @Kip: ending with “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”? And if you want some duplication, there’s always “The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler” (okay movie, fabulous book).

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