Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than six months away, which means a new full trailer is imminent. To whet our appetites, Lucasfilm released a behind-the-scenes reel from the film at last week's 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. You can watch the full reel below:
Now Lucasfilm is releasing details about one of those creatures, and they're the cutest in Star Wars history!
What Are The Porgs?
“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 #StarWars versions of puffins, but they also appear to have a penguin's body with the head of a hamster. 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 Came To Life
Hidalgo also detailed the Porgs' movement and how they're used in the final cut of the film. 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.”
Hidalgo also gives an interesting take as to where the concept of the Porgs originated. In fact, it all started right outside of Jabba's 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 answer: merchandising. It's why #Disney made Pete’s Dragon less of a dragon and more of a cute-and-cuddly giant hairy dog, and it's why Frozen Fever introduced the Snowgies. While they may fit well into a compelling story, the look of these adorable creatures will definitely sell countless products.
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, because we definitely do! (We may just have to settle for a plush toy, though.)
Will you get yourself a Porg in your nearest toy store? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!