How Chewbacca Came To Be

by Christopher Paul on September 22, 2010


Binary Bonsai has a fascinating article on the origins of the character, Chewbacca, from the Star Wars films. There’s several drawings and sketches like the ones above. interviews with the artists, and Lucas himself:

My original inspiration for Chewbacca was my dog Indiana. She was the one that sat there with me as I was writing the script all the time. She’d ride with me in the car as a co-pilot. And as she’d sit in the car, she’d be as tall as I am. She’s an Alaskan malamute, she’s very big. I thought that was a funny image.

George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Ok – Binary Bonsai via Kottke

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