May the Puppets be with You

Author: Jay-Rey (@jay_rey)

JJ and a cast member

 

I am sure many of you saw the video JJ Abrams posted yesterday. He announced a charity he put together called Star Wars: Force for Change. The goal is to raise funds to help children all over the world. People who donate at least $10 will enter for a chance to have a walk on part for Episode VII. Pretty sweet right?

But what I really took from the video is the background character seen in the picture above. True to classic Star Wars set design, this friendly fellow here is a puppet. Star Wars fans know the puppet characters well, as they largely set up the world of unique creatures throughout the universe. Yoda, Jabba, and the famous Max Rebo are all puppets after all. While the new trilogy did away with puppets, going so far as to replace Episode 1’s younger Yoda puppet with a CGI model, puppets are very much connected to the star wars universe. The fellow pictured above looks like a hint of things to come.

Are you excited about more puppets in Star Wars? Am I getting excited over the wrong things?! AM I?!

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