Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than six months, which means a new full trailer is imminent. To whet our appetites, Lucasfilm has released a Behind-The-Scenes Reel from the film at last weeks D23. Similar to The Force Awakens featurette, this one gives us some tasty morsels regarding all of the new creatures inhabiting the Star Wars Universe. One of creatures was shown in the reel and they are the cutest Star Wars creatures ever! You can watch the full reel below:
What Are The Porgs?
StarWars.Com was able to get some insight from Lucasfilm’s head of the Story Group department; Pablo Hidalgo. When asked what they creatures are, Hidalgo responded:
“Porgs are native to Ahch-To, and can be found dwelling along the cliffs of the island where Luke and Rey are. In many ways, they’re the Star Wars version of puffins. They build nests. They can fly. Their babies are called porglets.”
They may be the Star Wars versions of puffins, but they also appear to be a cross between a penguins body with the head of a hamster. It’s hard to say whether we will see these creatures elsewhere in the galaxy, but at least we now know that they are native to Ach-To, the island Luke Skywalker has been living on. Hidalgo also stated in the interview that director Rian Johnson was the one who came up with the name.
How The Porgs Were Brought To Life
Hidalgo also gave us insight regarding the Porgs movement and how they were used in the final cut of the film. While we’ve seen the practical effect in the behind-the-scenes footage, apparently these creatures will be a mix between practical and CGI effects:
“The porgs are realized through a variety of effects, depending on what’s needed. Sometimes they’re puppets, with the puppeteers digitally removed from the shot. Other times, they’re entirely CG.”
Why Lucasfilm Created The Porgs
Hidalgo also gives an interesting take as to where the concept of the Porgs came from. In fact, it all started right outside of Jabbas Palace with the worrt named Bubo:
“Ever since that roadside scavenger let out that belch outside Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi, the idea that there’s an entire animal kingdom living amid the drama and adventure of the Star Wars saga is a compelling one. Besides, porgs are cute. You fall into those deep, soulful eyes. I think a lot of people are going to want a porg as a pet.”
While Lucasfilm will tell you the many reasons why they crafted these unique and cute creatures, there’s really only one way to answer this particular question; merchandising. For the same reason Disney made Pete’s Dragon less a dragon and more a cute and cuddly giant harry dog, is the same reason Frozen Fever introduced the Snowgies. While all these may fit well into telling a compelling story, the look of these creatures are simply to sell a cute merchandising product.
Hidalgo said it himself; “I think a lot of people are going to want a porg as a pet.” And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that.
So what are your thoughts on the newest creatures to inhabit the Star Wars Universe? Will you get yourself a Porg in your nearest toy store? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!