Among the many new creatures in Star Wars: The Ascension of Skywalker (in theaters on December 18), there was this character: Babu Frik, adorable cross between a Mogwai and a Muppet, repairer of droids in hilarious dialect, responsible for make some changes to C-3PO.
While it was part of the great final assault on Palpatine’s armies in the final version of the film, it would seem, however, according to what visual effects supervisor Neal Scanlan said at the microphone recently.Empire, that in the first version of episode IX, Babu Frik was not supposed to survive. To what benefactor must he have finally been spared by the destructive explosion of his planet Kijimi? To Steven Spielberg!
“It may be a rumor”, said Neal Scanlan, “but I think J.J. [Abrams] screened the film for Steven Spielberg, and at the end Spielberg asked: ‘What happened to Babu?’ And everyone thought, ‘Oh my God, what happened to Babu?’. I believe that originally, he was supposed to die, I believe that the first assistant with turned that. When the planet [Kijimi] exploded, he was on it. “
What did you think of Babu Frik, and The Ascension of Skywalker in general?
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