Are Wookies just overgrown Ewoks? And just what the heck are Taun-Tauns and Dewbacks? All these questions and more will be answered when cable network Animal Planet premieres Animal Icons: Star Wars Creatures on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 p.m. Narrated by C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, the one-hour special will explore the saga’s strange critters with a little help from George Lucas and the actors, animators and creature designers behind the cinematic phenomenon.
Just as Chewbacca was inspired by Lucas’ family dog, many of the creatures that populate the Star Wars universe can be traced back to real animals found on Earth. The special will explore these connections and how Lucas brought his ambitious vision to the big screen. Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will also provide insight through interviews.
In addition to clips from past Star Wars films, viewers will be treated to advanced footage from Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith, which hits theaters the day after the special airs.
Animal Icons: Star Wars Creatures is produced by Prometheus Ent. in association with Fox Television Studios and Animal Planet. Prometheus’ Kevin Burns and Animal Planet’s Jamie Roberts serve as exec producers.