I left the theater with a few things in mind after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition to shooting Chewie's bowcaster, romping around the desert with BB-8, and copiloting Poe Dameron in a stolen TIE fighter, I was eager to get my hands on some of Rey's futuristic instant bread.
It may not have been the most appetizing looking food, but I was in awe of Rey's strange grayish-green meal and how it magically turned from powder to bread after adding a splash of water. Like many of the awesome effects in The Force Awakens, this little touch didn't even use CGI to achieve it's leavened state.
Chris Corbould, the special effects supervisor for The Force Awakens, spoke to MTV News and revealed that the water-activated polystarch bread was the real deal.
You wouldn’t believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film. It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear, but then there was the ongoing problem of what color should the bread be? What consistency should it be? Should it have cracks in it? Should it not have cracks in it?
It took about three months. The actual mechanics of it was fairly simple, but the actual cosmetic side took a lot longer.
The development stages were far from instant, but well worth their time, if you ask me. Unfortunately for Daisy Ridley, the bread likely wouldn't leave you craving more. MTV News reports that there was little nutritional value in the bread and that the flavor was certainly lacking.
“No, you wouldn’t want to eat it!”
After seeing a hungry Rey wolfing down a whole portion, I'm just left wondering how many loaves Ridley actually had to consume.
Of course, this isn't the first time science fiction movies and shows have left us with a food that can't be found on any restaurant menu in this galaxy. Here are a few other futuristic foods we're all dying to sink our teeth into:
The Fifth Element - Instant Chicken
A whole roast chicken ready for consumption in mere seconds? I need this in my kitchen stat.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
Any drink that can be described as "like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon, wrapped around a large gold brick" is A-Okay in my book!
Futurama - Popplers
Once you find out what they're made out of it's a little icky and pretty unethical, but they still look like a pretty tasty snack.
Back to the Future - Dehydrated Pizza
It's 2016 and I'm ready for some rehydratable pizza! What have the Pizza Hut laboratories been working on if not this?
Which science fiction foods are you most interested in trying? Let me know in the comments section!
(Source: MTV News)