For the upcoming The Last Jedi,
"He just has such an incredibly fertile imagination," Kennedy shared of writer/director Rian Johnson to The Star Wars Show. "There's a brief little moment in The Last Jedi where there's a little
Many audiences might dismiss the
“And then just story-wise — not that they play a big part in the story — but I knew I wanted to find any source of comic relief I could on the island," Johnson told Yahoo!. "And so they were very useful in terms of that.”
The creatures were reportedly inspired by puffins that populated the Irish islands where many Ahch-To scenes were shot.
The director learned early on just how much these new creatures could create a backlash toward their cute presence.
“It wasn’t until we got the actual puppets on set and the whole crew reacted with ‘Oh my God, they’re adorable!’ and also then a few people in the crew were giving them that suspicious side-eye of ‘These are cute, but are they too cute?’” Johnson said. “But the overwhelming reaction on set was everybody loved the
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