‘So Han, Leia, Threepio, and Chewie head off in search of Marekal [Han’s stepfather], and Luke ends up flying to the “Bog Planet.” Since Ben doesn’t tell him to go here in this version, I’m confused as to how he knew to go. But he goes anyway. Once there, he immediately meets a frog-like creature named “Minch.” Lucas must have known fairly specifically what he wanted here because most of the Minch/Yoda training sessions are the same, but there are a few key differences. When Minch/Yoda is explaining the ways of jedi swordfighting, he calls on Obi-Wan, who appears, and then Obi-Wan and Minch/Yoda have a lightsaber battle. Not sure how a ghost can battle something real, but it was cool because it was Obi-Wan battling Yoda! Or Minch! Then later, when Luke takes on “Pretend Vader” as his final lesson, the swamp disappears, and the two find each other in the vastness of space. Vader, while explaining the dark side to Luke, even lifts his hand, grabs some stars, and lets them pour through his hand. It’s pretty trippy.’ You wanna read it now? Here’s the script.
‘Ralph McQuarrie: “George also gave me a drawing he liked from a 1930s illustrator of science fiction that showed a big, apelike, furry beast with a row of female breasts down its chest. So I took the breasts off and added a bandolier and ammunition and weapons, and changed its face so it looked somewhat more like the final character, and I left it at that.” As is obvious from the following side-by-side comparison, the illustration McQuarrie is referring to wasn’t decades old, but months, being none other than this one by Dune legend John Schoenherr, from the July 1975 issue of Analog’ (via George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay « Binary Bonsai
Let’s talk about rape for a moment. Rape is not what George Lucas did to your childhood. Rape is not what happens when a sports team beats another sports team by a wide margin. Rape is not what happens when your electric bill is higher this month than it was last month. Rape is when a person violates another person in the most despicable, degrading way imaginable and among the myriad of terrible things humans can do to one another, rape is among the worst. I think the casual misappropriation of the concept of rape extending all the way to its widespread comical usage is disgusting even by Internet standards. Off my chest.
There was a Star Wars short that had the phrase criticized in this quotation as a central interview question and I wondered if anyone interviewed called them on the trivialization. I watch fanedits obsessively to see if there is anyway to redeem the ponderous garbage of 1998-2005 in between pretending it didn’t happen and the disappointment of those films doesn’t need hyperbole that is hurtful to people other than George Lucas (and maybe Rick McCallum)
This doesn’t even look like Chewbacca. This looks like a wolfman wearing a Chewbacca shirt.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the lazy way licensed costumes were always made up to twenty or twenty-five years ago? Give the kids a crappy mask and a shirt with the character on it for clarity. I feel like I read a pretty funny piece somewhere on the internet about this phenomenon (could be said for so many things).