After the brilliant 'Toy Story 3' mash-up, the Web is awash with characters from Homer Simpson to Peter Pan offering "a very specific type of security," a la Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception's second official trailer.
Zack Hemsley's hypnotic ''Mind Heist' track is being used to score several other re-edited trailers, but we're looking for true mash-ups: the ones where someone shouts, "The dream is collapsing!" as all hell breaks loose onscreen.
Buckle up for 'Total Inception' and 'Willy Wonka & the Inception Factory.' In no particular order, our 10 favorites:
1. 'Toy Story 3: Inception'
ScreenRant married this summer's two biggest films into one hilariously fitting trailer.'Toy Story 3: Inception' imagines the usually flamboyant Ken doll as the brooding extractor and his girl Barbie as dream newbie Ellen Page. "I specialize in a very specific type of security," Ken tells the other toys. "Subconscious security." One particular shot of a 'Toy Story 3' stuffed animal being unstuffed is eerily reminiscent of 'Inception.' Be sure to stay for the hilarious kick at the end involving Mr. Potato Head.
2. 'Titanic' (1997)
If you're going to re-edit an old movie with dialog from DiCaprio's latest film, why not one with DiCaprio himself in it? This is our favorite (beating out efforts with the thematically similar 'Shutter Island' and bloody 'Gangs of New York.') The scenes from the two films match up surprisingly well, from the doomed lovers to water crashing nightmarishly around our heroes. Best part: The same 'Inception'-esque off-kilter gravity as the ocean liner starts to list and then dramatically sink.
3. 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy (2001-2003)
Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) takes the lead role as "subconscious security expert," Cobb, while Eowyn (Miranda Otto) is "not exactly" being offered a job placement. The epic scale and dream-like fantasy of 'Rings' beautifully suits the 'Mind Heist' score. Our only quibble: Aragorn speaks both lines -- "I have it under control" and "I'd hate to see out of control" -- that should be a dialog, not a monologue. Best part: Grouchy hobbit Sam delivering the angry "This was your responsibility!" line in near-perfect synch.
4. 'The Simpsons Movie' (2007)
In retrospect, 'The Simpsons Movie' was nearly as action-packed as any Christopher Nolan film: Stuff did collapse, namely, the sinkhole in the Simpsons' backyard and an arctic avalanche. And Homer does need to find a way home after royally screwing things up yet again. Best part: EPA honcho Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks) pointing a gun at Homer and echoing Eames' line: "You have to dream a little bigger, darling."
5. 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' (1971)
This first big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic was pretty trippy, so 'Willy Wonka and the Inception Factory' makes a twisted kind of sense. We also like Wonka's post-tour tantrum matching Cobb's "you're not prepared" rant and sinister Slugworth deadpanning, "I'd like to see out of control." Not to mention young Charlie being cast in the Ariadne (Ellen Page) role. Best part: "We create the world of the dream" is spoken just as Wonka opens the door to his magical chocolate garden.
6. 'The Matrix' (1999)
These two landmark sci-fi films are both obsessed with dream states -- creating a world where the rules don't apply -- and reality itself. (Also, guns, lots of guns.) A business-suited Neo makes an elegant Cobb and we can't quibble with recasting Trinity as Ariadne. And a whole lot of stuff collapses very dramatically. Best part: The "kick" in this world is literal. (See also: another Matrix mash-up cut to "resilient parasite" trailer.)
7. 'Lost' (2004-2010)
We hardly need to point out the parallels, such as a fateful flight to LAX and an all-consuming longing to get back home. Or that a large chunk of the 'Inception' audience was likely 'Lost' fans eager for more mind-bending after the show's emotional finale. Best part: The opening is nearly identical to the real trailer, with a confused Jack Shephard coming to on a strange shore. And how many times did Shephard unconvincingly insist (if not in these exact words): "I have it under control."
8. Total Recall' (1990)
Just in time for the 'Total Recall' reboot, prepare for 'Total Inception' as "security expert" Arnold Schwarzenegger tackles assassins, questions reality and does a whole lot of shooting. Best part: Schwarzenegger nodding off in the back of a van, just like "Level 2" of 'Inception's' dream world.
9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)
Most striking things about this mash-up: Michael Caine and Anthony Daniels (voice of C3PO) sound eerily alike. As do Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Ellen Page (Ariadne). And dig the nearly identical snow-bound scenarios of 'Inception's' "Level 3" and ice planet Hoth. Best part: The "dream's collapsing" line coincides with both Luke's eerie Darth Vader vision and a fallen Imperial AT-AT Walker.
10. 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
The Joker (Heath Ledger) as Cobb? Well, we know he makes an excellent thief. And that these two worlds created by Christopher Nolan are definitely cut from the same cloth. Example: Harvey Dent's trademark double-headed coin is a ringer for Eames' totem. Best part: The Michael Caine line from the 'Inception' trailer is spoken by ... Michael Caine!
11. 'Wall-E'/'Up'/'Monsters, Inc.'
Speaking of mash-ups, we're mashing these three beloved Pixar films into one entry. We simply couldn't choose between 'Monsters, Inc.'s' Sully, 'Up's' elderly adventurer Carl or Wall-E as the dream thief. These three are beautifully built worlds that any dream architect would be proud of. Best part between the three of them: 'Up' boy scout Russell screaming "Wake me up! Wake me up!" as he's being pursued by savage dogs. 'Monsters, Inc.' Mash-Up | Wall-E Mash-Up