In honor of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, we thought it would be the perfect time to release some Star Wars tech trivia. Since 1977, George Lucas’ films have stolen the hearts of everyone.
1. The Star Wars prequels used computer animation for the Clone Wars
In fact, no suit of armor was ever created for the Clone Troopers in the prequels. Every Clone Trooper seen was computer animated.
2. E.T was in The Phantom Menace
Well his home planet was represented anyways. A senator and his delegation from planet Brodo Asogi are in the chamber when Queen Amidala calls for the vote of no confidence.
3. The sound of a TIE fighter is actually an elephant
It was created by combining an elephant bellow and a car on swerving on wet pavement.
4. The sound of Sebulba’s pod racer is a Ferrari
And Anakin got a Porsche
5. The lightsaber noise is actually an old television
It was created by combining the hum of an old television and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.
6. The Empire Strikes Back features the most stop-motion animation
Out of the whole franchise, it has the most, so that it appears the object is moving independently. I guess that means it had the most light saber duels?
7. Revenge of the Sith has the most special effects
In fact, it has more than the first two prequels combined, with 2,200 digital effect shots, compared to A New Hope that had only 350.
8. It was seven years before anyone could buy Star Wars on VHS
Even though it debuted in 1977, it wasn’t until 1982 that you could rent the film, and even later until you could own it.
9. It’s been on seven formats and still counting
Yep, seven different home entertainment formats: VHS, Betamax, Laser Disc, V2000, DVD, digital and Blu-Ray.
10. Official Star Wars special effects guru says he’d make a holographic version of Star Wars
That’s right, Dennis Muren says he would create it. So it’s seven formats right now, but hopefully at least eight in the future.
11. The Xbox 360 got a Star Wars makeover
Well, kind of. The Xbox 360 was redesigned to look like R2D2 to launch Kinect Star Wars.
12. Darth Vader has his own Instagram account
No, seriously. And he selfies.
13. Star Wars didn’t debut Dolby Stereo
But Dolby owes George Lucas a huge thank you for popularizing it anyways. Technically it was first released in Barbara Streisand’s A Star Is Born.
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