Porgs. They're the most buzzed-about new creature in the Star Wars universe and Rian Johnson's attempt to redefine your understanding of what cuteness is. The creature are making their film debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, and they are already the subject of much debate and have inspired feelings of love, hate and hunger. Well, now we know that porgs are merely the tip of the adorable iceberg. Speaking about the creative brilliance of director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy let this little nugget slip, saying:
There are apparently baby porgs in this film. If there is one constant here and in galaxies far away, it is that babies animals are always cuter than adult ones. A creature designed from the ground up for peak adorableness does in fact come in extra small, and we'll get to see it in the film. We know that they won't have a huge role, but it is good to see this movie is full of interesting creatures. Some people felt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was lacking the kind of wild alien creatures that inhabited the original films. If Kathleen Kennedy's comments on The Star Wars Show are any indication, Rian Johnson seems to be using his imagination to bring that element back to the Star Wars series.
Say what you will about them, but Disney and Lucasfilm are no fools. They know their business and the power of cute creatures, and porgs aren't even the only ones in this movie. Porgs and their babies are Disney's license to print money. Parents, get out your wallets and line up at the toy store now because porgs have 'hottest holiday toy' written all over them. Porgs will be everywhere this holiday season. They are legion. Like Dr. Frankenstein before him, even Rian Johnson cannot escape his creation.
Of course, even with all this hysteria, we barely know anything about the porgs. All that's been revealed is what the bird-like creatures look and sound like, and that they are native to Luke's island retirement community on Ahch-To. We also know that at some point, one of them finds itself aboard the Millennium Falcon with Chewie. As long as these adorable creatures don't single-handedly bring down the First Order with sticks and rocks, I think that they will be fondly remembered as the cutest creatures in Star Wars canon.
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Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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