Just in time for Easter, today we present a new short fan film made by music students from Parkland Elementary School in Van Buren, AR. The musical film titled “The Bunny Incident,” has the crew of the original Star Trek on a mission to save the Easter Bunny from the Klingons. For a film made with a cast of 4th and 5th graders, it is impressive and even got the attention of William Shatner.
A community effort
The film was written, composed and directed by Kevin Croxton, and Emmy-winning composer who also happens to be a teacher at Parkview Elementary. Every year Croxton comes up with a new film project for the music club, with past years doing Harry Potter, Star Wars and other themes. When Croxton found out that the sets formerly used by fan film Starship Exeter were being stored in Arkansas, the lifelong Trek fan jumped at the chance to use them for this year’s film.
Croxton tells TrekMovie the films are a great way to teach kids the process of production. The students took to Netflix to study their roles by watching the original Star Trek with many becoming new fans of the series. Working on a tight school’s budget, Croxton was able to get Rubies Costumes to provide most of the wardrobe at wholesale prices, using the new movie version because those were the only ones with children’s sizes available. Parents joined in to help with additional costumes and makeup. Others volunteered to help with the production, including digital artist Robert McConnell providing the visual effects.
None other than the original Captain Kirk has given this video his approval to the efforts of Croxton and his Parkview students, saying on Twitter “Quite a lot of work when into this, and adding the hashtag #impressive.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 16, 2018