In the spirit of the season of giving and spreading holiday cheer, this week's "Twilight" Tuesday is all about the gifts we've received via several higher-profile "Twilight" parodies that were prevalent in pop culture this year. With four films having been unleashed upon the masses to date, there is more than enough material to work with, and you know what they say about imitation: It's the highest form of flattery.
Without further ado, here are the best videos that got the "Twilight" treatment in 2011, plus a couple old-school standouts that are always worth revisiting.
Auto-Tuned at the Oscars
The Academy wasn't subtle about trying to lure younger viewers for the 83rd annual Oscars telecast when they signed on co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and that was even more apparent when a musical mash-up was introduced that featured short Auto-Tuned videos from the year's most popular films. The "Twilight" moment arrived toward the end of the video in a little ditty titled "He Doesn't Own a Shirt," which featured that infamous scene in "Eclipse" wherein Edward scoffs at Jacob's impossibly toned abs and asks Bella why the werewolf never wears shirts.
Nickelodeon's Fred Figglehorn Does "Twilight"
Speaking of shirtlessness, in Nickelodeon's "Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred," Internet celeb Fred Figglehorn showed off his own set of impressive abs in a kooky Jacob vs. Volturi-type scene. In this setup, Fred/Jacob has a squeaky high-pitched voice and instead of turning into a wolf, he morphs into a Pomeranian.
"Breaking Prawn" With the Muppets
We can all agree that the marketing campaign for "The Muppets" was brilliant. After taking on the likes of "Green Lantern" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" via parody trailers, our favorite fuzzy friends spoofed "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" with their "Breaking Prawn" clip and three equally clever posters advertising "The Muppet Saga" that featured Kermit as "Vamphibian," Miss Piggy as "Bella Swine" and Rowlf as "WereRowlf."
Bonus #1: Jimmy Kimmel's "Friggin' Twilight"
Yes, this video arrived in 2010, but because it stars our very own colorful characters from "Jersey Shore," it's too good not to mention here. This little gem first aired during Kimmel's talk show and featured Snooki as Bella, The Situation as Edward, JWoww as Alice, Vinnie as Tyler Crowley, Pauly D as Jacob, Ronnie and Sammy as Cullens/Volturi, and a cameo by "Shore" cast-off Angelina as evil Victoria. Most ridiculous moments involve The Sitch's sparkling abs and Pauly D's stringy werewolf facial hair.
Bonus #2: "SNL" Digital Short "Firelight"
Leave it to the kings of pop culture mockery at "Saturday Night Live" and pop star princess Taylor Swift to create a killer "Twilight" parody. In the 2009 Digital Short "Firelight," guest host Swift did a spot-on Kristen Stewart impression, complete with repeated lip biting and multiple hair-behind-the-ear moves, all while quoting actual lines from "Twilight." However, in this case the Edward character is not a vampire, he's the big, green, clumsy, strangle-happy monster Frankenstein.
What "Twilight" moments did we miss? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me at @KaraWarner with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!
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