Stranger Things teaser on the Apple II

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The next Star Wars movie is a bit more than a month out, but fans aren’t waiting for its release to create art inspired by the film. In July, Wahyu "Pinot" Ichwandardi remade the trailer for The Last Jedi on an Apple II. The monochromatic, cinematic result was a sight to see.

Not content to develop this workflow and then apply it only once, Pinot has returned to his 8-bit medium to create yet another trailer. This time, it’s for the small screen as he re-imagines the teaser for the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

For reference, here is the original teaser:

Stranger Things is a horror series set in the 1980s, with generous allusions and actors from that era. Reviews have often described it as a lost show that looks like it was created in the 1980s and is being discovered just now. As such, it’s fitting that the Apple II would be the medium of choice to create its teaser.

To do so, Pinot once again returned to his Apple IIc and Dazzle Draw, as detailed on Twitter.

Being shorter and less dramatic, with no voiceover or audible narration, the Stranger Things teaser isn’t as impressive as The Last Jedi trailer and perhaps was easier to adapt. Yet Pinot’s Stranger Things adaptation has seemingly garnered far more interest: 1,771 retweets compared with 519, and 217,000 Google search results compared with 30,500. I’m not a Netflix subscriber, but if enough people are this excited about the intersection of Stranger Things and the Apple II, I may need to jump on this bandwagon!

(Hat tip to Adriano Leal)