Star Warsy http://www.starwarsy.com The next level of Fandom... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:26:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 ‘Star Wars’ coming to ‘Disney Infinity’ minus Boba Fett http://www.starwarsy.com/gaming/star-wars-coming-to-disney-infinity-minus-boba-fett/ http://www.starwarsy.com/gaming/star-wars-coming-to-disney-infinity-minus-boba-fett/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 17:26:37 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=199 First the bad news: there’s no Boba Fett. Not yet, anyway. But the good news is fans of the Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” video games will soon be able to swing lightsabers, fly X-Wing fighters and bring down Imperial Walkers on the icy surface of Hoth. The third iteration of the game – called, appropriately enough, ...

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First the bad news: there’s no Boba Fett. Not yet, anyway.

But the good news is fans of the Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” video games will soon be able to swing lightsabers, fly X-Wing fighters and bring down Imperial Walkers on the icy surface of Hoth. The third iteration of the game – called, appropriately enough, Disney Infinity 3.0 – will feature characters, creatures and planets from the Star Wars movies, the first time the galaxy far, far away has made an appearance in Disney Infinity.

“It was very important for us to create an authentic and complete Star Wars experience,” said Ada Duan, vice president of digital business and franchise management for Disney-owned Lucasfilm, at an event this week unveiling new details about Disney Infinity 3.0.

Like Activision’s Skylanders franchise, Nintendo’s Amiibos and the upcoming Lego Dimensions, Disney Infinity blurs the line between toys and video games. The game allows players to insert characters into the onscreen action at will, just by putting a figurine on an electronic base connected to the game console. And the collectible aspect of these figures has made this relatively new concept in video games very, very lucrative for the companies involved.

Just as last year’s Disney Infinity 2.0 introduced Marvel characters into the mix, Disney Infinity 3.0 will launch this fall with a US$64.95 starter pack that includes Anakin Skywalker and his Jedi learner Ahsoka Tano, from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Over the fall and into the holidays, new waves of playsets and separately sold figures will be released, including a Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire collection that will allow players to recreate moments from the original trilogy with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie… and no Boba Fett.

Deciding on which characters in the ever-expanding Disney pantheon to bring into the Disney Infinity games “is one of the most difficult parts of the Disney Infinity development process,” John Vignocchi, vice president of production at Disney Interactive Studios, told us.

“Determining what the roster is, and who the characters are that are being added each year, is something we often spend months and months of time debating and discussing.”

A third Star Wars playset, based on this December’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be released around the time of the new film. Disney and Lucasfilm were mum on which characters might be included, but we’d bet a stack of Galactic credits that it will be Finn (as played by John Boyega in the movie) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Rey in particular is a lock, as Disney said they’re keen on making sure female characters are strongly represented in playsets going forward.

Also on the immediate horizon is a playset based on the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out, and a new set of Marvel figures that will include the villainous Ultron and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Star Wars characters, locations, vehicles and props are just a small part of the changes coming to Disney Infinity 3.0, though. Disney has considerably beefed up the game’s Toy Box mode, where characters from different movies can battle bad guys across five themed worlds or tear up the track in a new kart racing mode.

And while we’re not allowed just yet to talk too much about how the Star Wars component of the game plays, you can imagine how much fun it might be able to take down Imperial Walkers using a Snowspeeder’s tow rope, or dodge enemy TIE Fighters while making a final assault on the Death Star. (Yes, it is a lot of fun. And yes, unlike the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, Disney Infinity 3.0 will feature a space combat element.)

By the time all these new playsets and figures are released this year, “Disney Infinity will feature one of the largest rosters of playable Star Wars characters in a video game,” said Lucasfilm’s Duan.

Cool. And at some point, there will be Boba Fett, right? Like Han Solo frozen in carbonite, we can wait. And wait. And wait.

via Toronto Sun

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Fan Restoring Star Wars to Its Original, Unaltered State http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/fan-restoring-star-wars-to-its-original-unaltered-state/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/fan-restoring-star-wars-to-its-original-unaltered-state/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:50:11 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=195 Everyone knows that the original three films in the Star Wars franchise—in their original, unaltered states—are way better than any series entry made since then. But while you can still enjoy the early-day antics of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie, you can’t watch the original originals. Beginning in 1997, George Lucas and his production company ...

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Everyone knows that the original three films in the Star Wars franchise—in their original, unaltered states—are way better than any series entry made since then. But while you can still enjoy the early-day antics of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie, you can’t watch the original originals.

Beginning in 1997, George Lucas and his production company Lucasfilm started tinkering with the original trilogy, adding more advanced sound effects, CGI, and even altering minor plot details to incorporate newer characters and/or actors who showed up in the prequels (like replacing Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi). Though the edits were intended to improve the quality and cohesiveness of the movie-watching experience, most fans were enraged by even the slightest deviation from the Academy Award-winning originals.

On internet forums, these dedicated fans have joined forces to pool their guerilla tactics—like VHS tapes, old DVDs, and 35mm print scans using photography and animation software—to try to re-create, scene by scene, the original theatrical release of Star Wars.

This act of retro-editing a film back to its roots is referred to as “despecializing,” and the most prolific practitioner of the art, at least in the Star Wars universe, is a Czech man named Petr Harmáček, better known as “Harmy” to his legion of online followers. After writing his thesis on the cultural impact of the original Star Wars trilogy, Harmáček embarked on a quest to make the unaltered films available for viewing for those who missed the original theatrical release.

“If both versions were available in the same quality I would probably enjoy watching the special edition once in a while,” Harmy told The Atlantic. “It’s not about George Lucas not being able to do these special editions. If people like the special editing, they can continue watching those. As long as both versions are available.”

But they’re not. And George Lucas has made it very clear he doesn’t want them to be. When the National Film Registry requested a copy of the original theatrical release for preservation, Lucas said no. When pressed on the matter by the AP in 2004, Lucas didn’t budge:

To me, the special edition ones are the films I wanted to make. Anybody that makes films knows the film is never finished. It’s abandoned or it’s ripped out of your hands, and it’s thrown into the marketplace, never finished … This is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it. But I want it to be the way I want it to be. I’m the one who has to take responsibility for it. I’m the one who has to have everybody throw rocks at me all the time, so at least if they’re going to throw rocks at me, they’re going to throw rocks at me for something I love rather than something I think is not very good, or at least something I think is not finished.

Harmy clearly disagrees. Since 2010, he has worked tirelessly to revert the first film to its original glory, creating multiple despecialized versions. On the Facebook page dedicated to the project, Harmy writes, “The main goal is to get as close as possible to the original versions of the films as seen in cinemas on opening day, while maintaining high picture and audio quality.”

Above, you can watch a video that compares the Blu-Ray Disc video, two different despecialized versions, and a negative that was used as a resource. Check it out!

via mentalfloss.com

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Star Wars: Episode VII toys will hit store shelves on September 4th aka “Force Friday” http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/star-wars-episode-vii-toys-will-hit-store-shelves-on-september-4th-aka-force-friday/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/star-wars-episode-vii-toys-will-hit-store-shelves-on-september-4th-aka-force-friday/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:08 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=188 A new Star Wars trilogy is certainly a big movie event, but make no mistake: it’s also a major merchandise opportunity. And Disney has now revealed when we’ll be able to open our wallets and buy all manner of Force Awakens-branded shirts, toys, books, posters, collectibles, apps, and more. In a preposterously worded press release, the ...

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A new Star Wars trilogy is certainly a big movie event, but make no mistake: it’s also a major merchandise opportunity. And Disney has now revealed when we’ll be able to open our wallets and buy all manner of Force Awakens-branded shirts, toys, books, posters, collectibles, apps, and more.

In a preposterously worded press release, the company says that “products will land in our galaxy on September 4th, 2015, at 12:01AM,” a day that’s being dubbed “Force Friday.” Midnight openings around the world will feature “a special celebration of all things Star Wars.” The company adds, “It will be a day long remembered.”

Merchandise has long been one of the greatest successes of the Star Wars empire — the ability to sell toys, trinkets, and everything else year after year is a monumental business achievement. Of course, a new movie does a great deal to boost sales.

Of course, we don’t yet have any specific details on what kind of toys to expect. This February at Toy Fair, the largest North American toy convention, The Force Awakens was nearly a no-show. Disney has kept details on the film under lock and key, and that means toymakers aren’t allowed to show off any of their wares based on the movie. But the mystery will be unveiled this September.

via The Verge

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A FEW SECONDS OF VIDEO SEQUENCE FROM STAR WARS VII http://www.starwarsy.com/videos/a-few-seconds-of-video-sequence-from-star-wars-vii/ http://www.starwarsy.com/videos/a-few-seconds-of-video-sequence-from-star-wars-vii/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 15:10:11 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=183 Star Wars VII: The people over at Making Star Wars heard that a few seconds of video footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens had been leaked. The clip is linked here, as the original YouTube link has been taken down.  What do you think?

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Star Wars VII: The people over at Making Star Wars heard that a few seconds of video footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens had been leaked. The clip is linked here, as the original YouTube link has been taken down.  What do you think?

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Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2 Confirmed For Mobile Devices http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-2-confirmed-for-mobile-devices/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-2-confirmed-for-mobile-devices/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:50:24 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=171 After the mobile port of “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” wowed fans and critics alike, some felt that it was inevitable for the sequel to get ported for mobile devices as well. It definitely seems like the case now, as publisher Aspyr got an ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating for “Star Wars: ...

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After the mobile port of “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” wowed fans and critics alike, some felt that it was inevitable for the sequel to get ported for mobile devices as well. It definitely seems like the case now, as publisher Aspyr got an ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating for “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 — The Sith Lords” for mobile devices, and has since been showcased on Twitter as well.

Aspyr Media is the company that brought “Knights of the Old Republic” (“Kotor”) to mobile devices and Macs last year to critical acclaim, as reported by Touch Arcade. So it appears that it will attempt to replicate that success with the sequel.

Fans can only hope the studio gives “Kotor 2” the same treatment its predecessor when it is ported to mobile devices. Pocket Gamer gave the original “Kotor” port a gold rating, despite some awkward controls and dated graphics, thanks to how well the game has aged, even calling it one of the best “Star Wars” games ever made.

The sequel received mixed reactions when it originally came out in 2004, just one year after the original game. Though the game managed to get some very positive reviews from critics, garnering a very solid 85 from Metacritic, many fans were disappointed with how the game turned out. While overall gameplay was solid, many felt that the game was rushed out right away to hit its deadline. The graphics took a hit from being rushed out, as it looked quite similar to the first “Kotor,” without much difference and the ending of the game disappointed many a fan.

It should be noted that Bioware, who most fans know for the studio’s “Mass Effect” and “Dragon Age” games, developed the original game, but did not come back for the sequel. Instead it was developed by Obsidian Studios, a company that developed “Fallout: New Vegas” and “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

No release date or any other information was released for “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2,” though there’s a good chance that it will come out this year. After all, the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film is set to hit theaters Dec. 18 and more “Star Wars” games will gets fans more excited for the film.

via ibtimes.com

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If Jar Jar Binks starred in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Video) http://www.starwarsy.com/videos/if-jar-jar-binks-starred-in-star-wars-the-force-awakens-video/ http://www.starwarsy.com/videos/if-jar-jar-binks-starred-in-star-wars-the-force-awakens-video/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:58:48 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=153 Found this gem on mashable… Imagine the feeling you had when the first trailer for The Force Awakens began. Your adrenaline pumping, your heart pounding and you, on the edge of your seat, ready to see what the future has in store for the galaxy far, far away. Now imagine the first shot was of Jar Jar ...

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Found this gem on mashable…

Imagine the feeling you had when the first trailer for The Force Awakens began. Your adrenaline pumping, your heart pounding and you, on the edge of your seat, ready to see what the future has in store for the galaxy far, far away.

Now imagine the first shot was of Jar Jar Binks.

That seems to be the general idea behind this parody of the Star Wars trailer. Jar Jar Binks is back and he plays an even larger role this time.

Don’t worry everyone, it was only a nightmare.

via mashable.com

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Lando not finished in any way, shape, or form http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/lando-not-finished-in-any-way-shape-or-form/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/lando-not-finished-in-any-way-shape-or-form/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:41:30 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=164 Star Wars fan favourite Lando Calrissian could reappear in forthcoming episodes of the long-running space opera saga, producer Lawrence Kasdan has claimed. In a newly-posted interview with Vanity Fair, the co-screenwriter of upcoming instalment The Force Awakens said acolytes might not have seen the last of the iconic former smuggler turned rebel leader. Kasdan, who ...

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Star Wars fan favourite Lando Calrissian could reappear in forthcoming episodes of the long-running space opera saga, producer Lawrence Kasdan has claimed.

In a newly-posted interview with Vanity Fair, the co-screenwriter of upcoming instalment The Force Awakens said acolytes might not have seen the last of the iconic former smuggler turned rebel leader.

Kasdan, who also co-wrote the film that introduced Billy Dee Williams as Calrissian, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, said: “Lando, I don’t think, is finished in any way, shape, or form.” However, he also signalled that the character would not be appearing in JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens this December.

lando1783Williams will be 80 by the time the next Star Wars film but one, currently titled simply Episode VIII, hits cinemas in 2017. However, he did provide voice work for a recent episode of the Star Wars Rebels animated series as Calrissian. New Star Wars studio Disney is also developing a series of Star Wars “Anthology” movies, some of which are expected to revisit iconic characters from the original trilogy such as Boba Fett and Yoda. So the role could yet be recast with a younger actor stepping in to portray Calrissian’s back story before losing the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo in a card game and becoming administrator of Cloud City.

Kasdan also revealed that he and Abrams are working hard to ensure fans don’t walk away from the new movie with a sense that it ran on half an hour too long, and admitted the film-making team were prepared to “kill their darlings” if necessary by excising much-loved details for the sake of pacing.

“One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters,” he said. “A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, ‘Why isn’t this over?’ We didn’t want to make a movie like that.

“When it’s over you’ll say, ‘I wish there’s more.’ Or, ‘Wait, is it over?’ There will be constant critical looking at [the movie] from now to the end, saying, ‘Do we need this? Do we need that? Is it better if this comes out, even though we love it?’”

via theguardian.com

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EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/eas-star-wars-battlefront-falls-victim-to-4chan/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/eas-star-wars-battlefront-falls-victim-to-4chan/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 11:32:40 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=158 Star Wars. It’s a popular franchise, incase you didn’t know, adored by millions of fans around the world. Among those fans are a large number of people who also love video games, and the Star Wars Battlefront game series has a special place in their heart. That’s why the new, upcoming Star Wars Battlefront from ...

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Star Wars. It’s a popular franchise, incase you didn’t know, adored by millions of fans around the world. Among those fans are a large number of people who also love video games, and the Star Wars Battlefront game series has a special place in their heart. That’s why the new, upcoming Star Wars Battlefront from publisher EA has stirred up controversy among some loyal fans, who argue the new game is sorely lacking features the last entry, released in 2005, had. That why the infamous trolls at imageboard site 4chan have taken to domain squatting to show EA what’s what.

At some point, one of the anonymous posters from 4chan was able to register the domains EAStarWars.com and EAStarWarsBattlefront.com long before EA noticed. Now, the official website that EA uses for the new Battlefront game is starwars.ea.com, so that’s not too damaging. But where the trolls did win is in the fact that the official Twitter handle for the game is @EAStarWars.

The imposter websites themselves are your standard troll fare. EAStarWars.com features bold text at the top declaring “Battlefront has been cancelled” (this is false, the game is on track to be released this November. Underneath is a crudely made chart that lists all the features the 2005 Battlefront had, impressive for the time, yet are missing from the new game.

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Following that is a tribute to the “Victims of EA,” or various developers that have been bought by the mega-publisher over the years and seen their games’ quality drop. The crowning touch is that music titled “Come, Sweet Death” from the anime series Evangelion plays in the background.

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EAStarWarsBattlefront.com has all of the same information, along with a skull playing a trumpet. On 4chan, the anonymous user supposedly behind the websites wrote that they hope to “extort EA into eventually forking over some money” for the domain names.

Yeah, good luck with that, troll. Oh, and about that feature comparison chart? Did it ever occur to you that a game of this scale, being developed with today’s technology, is much more difficult and expensive than it was in 2005? Developing one or two of the maps from the new game probably took up more resources and man-hours than all of those made 10 years ago.

VIA Eurogamer

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George Lucas Thinks Howard The Duck Could Be A Good Movie http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/george-lucas-thinks-howard-the-duck-could-be-a-good-movie/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/george-lucas-thinks-howard-the-duck-could-be-a-good-movie/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 10:05:04 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=175 Star Wars creator George Lucas thinks that a new Howard The Duck movie could be a hit—so long as Marvel Studios rendered the titular fowl in computer generated imaging. “Someday, I hope, Marvel will make a new version of Howard the Duck, and you’ll see it could be a good movie,” Lucas told Wired Magazine. ...

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Star Wars creator George Lucas thinks that a new Howard The Duck movie could be a hit—so long as Marvel Studios rendered the titular fowl in computer generated imaging.

“Someday, I hope, Marvel will make a new version of Howard the Duck, and you’ll see it could be a good movie,” Lucas told Wired Magazine. “A digital duck will make that thing work.”

Howard-the-Duck-4This comment may prompt an eye-roll or two from those familiar with Lucas’ career. Though celebrated as the creator of Star Wars, Lucas has been equally criticized for his over-reliance on CGI effects in the Star Wars prequels, and for stuffing CGI effects into his classic Star Wars trilogy for the “Special Editions” released in 2004.

Interestingly, Lucas served as executive producer on Marvel’s 1986 Howard The Duck movie. Though nary a pixel was to be found, the film is still generally regarded as one of Marvel’s worst. But now that Marvel Studios has brought the character (in full CGI) into their cinematic universe through Guardians of the Galaxy, perhaps Lucas will get his wish.

via comicbook.com

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Return of the Jedi almost didn’t happen… http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/return-of-the-jedi-almost-didnt-happen/ http://www.starwarsy.com/featured/return-of-the-jedi-almost-didnt-happen/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 14:51:23 +0000 http://www.starwarsy.com/?p=148 Say what you will about Return Of The Jedi, but the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy was an unequivocal masterpiece of filmmaking compared to the prequels. The third film of the epic space opera gave us some truly iconic cinema moments, such as the unmasking of Darth Vader (not to mention his ...

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Say what you will about Return Of The Jedi, but the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy was an unequivocal masterpiece of filmmaking compared to the prequels. The third film of the epic space opera gave us some truly iconic cinema moments, such as the unmasking of Darth Vader (not to mention his redemption and his son saving him from the Dark Side), Luke Skywalker’s battle with the Rancor, and, of course, the most famous realization that something is amiss in film history:

It has its share of issues; at the time, though, it received a four-star review from the late, great Roger Ebert. The Pulitzer Prize-winner summed up why so many people still adore the film despite all of its flaws: “The movie is a complete entertainment, a feast for the eyes and a delight for the fancy.”

Why We Almost Never Got To See It …

leiaYou know how you hate the Ewoks, despite the fact that if you were a kid when Jedi came out you no doubt loved them and owned a Wicket doll and don’t try to deny it, you big liar? Well, you’re not alone, either with hating the Ewoks now or having that classic Wicket plush. Apparently, everyone — including Ralph McQuarrie — despised the very concept of the Ewoks. Everyone except for George Lucas, that is. McQuarrie reportedly refused to actually work on any sort of conceptual designs for the Ewoks, and this is the guy who literally did every design, for everything, in the trilogy.

Return Of The Jedi was almost a very different movie, and not just based on Ewok involvement. Initially, George Lucas was hopeful that David Lynch would direct, and in fact was banking on that coming to fruition. Take a moment to appreciate what kind of fucked-up Endor we would have gotten with the guy behind Twin Peaks and Eraserhead at the helm, and decide for yourself if we’re better or worse off for his passing on the project.

The actors were also a problem. David Prowse, the man in Vader’s suit, would regularly spoil the trilogy’s biggest plot twists during public appearances, so George Lucas punished him by not giving him any actual dialogue to speak.

To make matters worse, the actors were never particularly happy with the script. Harrison Ford had been famously hoping that Han Solo would get killed off, and none of the three principles — including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher — was terribly fond of the new, relatively inexperienced director, Richard Marquand. It probably didn’t help that, according to Fisher, Marquand would say things to her like, “You’re fucking up my shot.”

In addition, Lucas changed massive parts of the story during the entire process (like reducing the number of Death Stars in the movie from two to one, and removing an industrial planet that later became Coruscant in the prequels), which made the final product much more lighthearted and kid-friendly and wound up forcing Industrial Light & Magic to abandon hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work they’d already put in, with 100 finished effects being left on the cutting-room floor. They rebelled by doing the only thing that artistic types in their position could do: getting drunk and drawing concept art of Ewoks getting shot in the face. Because it all comes back to the fact that everyone just hates those goddamn Ewoks.

via Cracked.com

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