In the "Weird Al" Yankovic song The Saga Begins, he makes a bunch of predictions about Episode One that all seem to be valid, and unless I'm mistaken wrote the majority of the song before the film was released, and only made minor changes after seeing an advanced screening.

  • Naboo was under an attack
  • this here Anakin guy May be Vader someday later
  • he built C-3PO
  • his midi-chlorians were off the scale
  • he might fulfill that prophecy
  • Little Hotshot flew his plane and saved the day

Screen cap from the music video

Did he have a sneak peek at the film before he started writing? Were the trailers that revealing? Or did Jedi Al just use the Force?

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    Best song parody ever! And now that I know he did it before the movie was released, even better!
    – geoffc
    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:59
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    Yes, this just goes to show how awesome Al is. Two of the reasons this song was such a hit were timing and accuracy. Both of those came from hard work. Feb 22, 2012 at 12:34
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    After watching it at YouTube I have to say I prefer it to the original ..movie or song. ;) Feb 22, 2012 at 12:36

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According to Weird Al's interview on TheForce.Net, he managed to gather most of the advance intelligence from the Internet:

The song was entirely based on Internet "rumors." I gathered all the leaked info I could about the movie from all the various Star Wars websites (TheForce.net was particularly helpful), and was able to piece together the basic plot of the movie. We had planned to release my "Running With Scissors" album the month after "Phantom Menace" came out. But because of the lead time involved in recording, mixing, pressing, and physically getting an album out in the stores, I had to write "The Saga Begins" about two months before the movie came out. The folks at Lucasfilm have always been very friendly towards me, but they politely declined my requests for an advance screening or a peek at the script. Thankfully, the storyline according to the Internet followed the filmed storyline pretty accurately. Just for safety's sake, we didn't do the final mix on "The Saga Begins" until after I had seen the movie (I paid to go to the $500-a-ticket charity screening, so I could see the film a couple days before the rest of the world). I remember I changed a couple lines after seeing the movie - very minor tweaks. Like "He's probably gonna marry her someday" was originally "I HEAR he's gonna marry her someday," because according to an Internet rumor, in one scene Anakin tells the Queen to her face that he's going to marry her (which, as it turns out, wasn't in the final cut - but everybody knows how the storyline is going to go anyway, right?)

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    If you want to see what TheForce.Net looked like to Weird Al, look here: web.archive.org/web/19990225160520/http://theforce.net/prequels/… Sadly, it looks like some of the links are broken or were not archived for certain dates. I remember there was a Virtual Edition website that was a mix of plot leaks and fan-made pics. The latest incarnation of this website looks to be here: theforce.net/virtualedition/index.html But it lacks the unpolished charm of the late 90's internet. Feb 22, 2012 at 12:58
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    My God, has it been that long? I feel old...
    – HNL
    Feb 23, 2012 at 0:41
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    He reconfirmed this in a recent interview with StarWars.com.
    – Rogue Jedi
    May 23, 2016 at 15:30

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