Daniel Smith and Jeff Scheetz have created this great little animated Star Wars fan film. The film follows the adventures of Han Solo and his trusty but awesome sidekick Chewbacca. It explains why Han Solo ditched Jabba the Huts precious cargo prior to Episode IV despite not really being a part of the Star Wars cannon.

The short won Best Animated Film at Celebration V. Here’s a description of the project:

The 3D fan film sensation of Star Wars Celebration v was “The Solo Adventures.” It is the tale of how Han Solo “Dropped his cargo at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser.” But of course there is a lot more to the story! This film was a class project by students at the DAVE School of digital Arts and Visual Effects in Orlando Fla. This version of the film is not the same as the one that appears on Atom films.com. This version is the primed and polished HD version that was shown at Star Wars Celebration V (minus the 3D conversion.) Much thanks goes to the folks over at the DAVE School for giving us the opportunity to post this amazing film!

Have 3D glasses? Why not watch it in 3D instead?