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January 14, 2011

Misjudged effects

An alternate ending to The Return of the Jedi.

Also: Should you find yourself vacationing on Endor having strayed from the protection of Imperial forces, a few words of Ewokese may keep you from the cooking pot.

We first learn about the Ewok species in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. They are also featured in a television movie, The Ewok Adventure, and a 26 episode cartoon series called Ewoks. Their language was developed by Ben Burtt. Ben Burtt talks about that process in his Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide. Ewokese is based on Tibetan, Kalmuck, and a small amount of North American Lakota. Ben Burtt says in Bantha Tarcks #17 August 1982:

"For the Ewoks, I was inspired by a recording on a BBC documentary of an elderly woman speaking Tibetan. It was very high-pitched and sounded like a good basis for Ewokese to me. Eventually then, what evolved was a pidgin, or double talk version of words from Tibetan, Nepali and other Mongolian languages. Huttese was created by the same process."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 14, 2011 09:54 AM