A long time ago in a galaxy quite close actually, George Lucas set out his vision of a space opera to a gaggle of Hollywood executives. It proved to be reasonably popular with audiences. The phenomenon that is the Star Wars universe is one of the most popular franchises that the world has ever seen - but that doesn't mean that it is flawless. Both the original trilogy and the ill-judged prequels are riddled with mistakes that suggest the bearded maestro frequently let his eye wonder in the editing suite; we're not just referring to the presence of amphibious irritant Jar-Jar Binks.
Everybody with a passing interest in matters of The Force will have heard about the clumsy Stormtrooper who brained himself while lumbering through the corridors after Darth Vader, but this is far from the only careless error that made it into the final cut of the films. There are an astonishing number of continuity errors, fumbled lines and dubbing that would put a 1970's kung-fu film to shame. Here, using strong insights that would foil even the strongest Jedi mind trick, we shall explore ten of the most glaring errors that may have slipped under your radars.
From ropey special effects to extras disappearing and reappearing in the same scene, we can't help but wonder how much attention Lucas was paying to the finished product. While reissued prints of the films and future special editions have eliminated some of the bloopers, they are all preserved for eternal posterity thanks to vigilant YouTubers. There's been a disturbance in The Farce (sorry)...
10 Lightsaber Wire
9 Luke's Ventriloquism
8 The Potato And Shoe Asteroids
7 Leia's Quick Costume Change
6 The Youngling Materialisation
5 Anakin's Fireproof Eyelashes
4 Dust No Match For Force
3 The Millennium Falcon Flies Past Itself
2 Luke's Color-Changing Light Sabre
1 The Unconvincing Ewok
For all the fanboy hate surrounding Jar-Jar Binks, it's easy to forget that the cutesy teddy bears of Return of the Jedi were equally as loathed upon the film's original release. The Ewoks were - and indeed still are - a cloying reminder that the films are essentially aimed at youngsters. It's perhaps inevitable that the top entry in our list of annoying, needless mistakes concern the annoying, needless characters. Though the Ewoks would probably have been rendered in sterile CGI had they cropped up in the prequel trilogy, it was still more cost effective in 1983 to use the tried and trusted extras-in-costumes method to bring the bears to life. Sadly, this made for many instances of uncomfortable moments where it was all too obvious that it was all make-believe, most noticeably the fact that one particularly ill-fitting costume made it easy to see the actor within through the eyeholes.
Sources: screenrant.com, imdb.com
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