The Return of......Star Wars
In a library, not far away, sits a youth services librarian excitedly counting down the days until the release of the next episode of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens. (It's 7 by the way). Yes, I admit I am a huge fan! I grew up on these movies and shared them with my own children. Star Wars mania first started in 1977 when the first movie A New Hope was released. The rest my friends is history. Star Wars has been going strong ever since with tons of merchandise available such as books, DVDs, CDs, video games, graphic novels, action figures, Legos, t-shirts, you name it (I even saw a Jello-mold the other day of Darth Vader's helmet). The books and movies have been flying off our shelves here at the library with new generations getting familiar with all the characters and storylines before episode 7 premieres on December 18th. I thought it would be fun to share some Star Wars trivia (some of which I did not know myself!)
1. The character of Yoda (probably my favorite character) and his manner of speaking, was based on the Dalai Lama.
2. John Williams, the composer for the original Star Wars movies, returns as the composure for The Force Awakens.
3. There has been a Star Wars film released in 4 different decades.
- Star Wars IV: A New Hope - 1977
- Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back - 1980
- Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi - 1983
- Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace - 1999
- Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones - 2002
- Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith - 2005
- Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens - 2015
5. C3P0 and R2D2 are the only characters that appear in all the films. (Who doesn't love R2D2!!)
6. Chewbaca was based on Lucas' dog Indiana. (and he was Indiana Jones' sidekick - get the correlation?LOL)
7. James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader but David Prowse was the actor in the Vader suit.
8. The iconic line, "Luke. I am your father!" was kept a secret from the crew because George Lucas did not want it leaked to the press. During the scene, the script read, "Luke. You are your own father!" Lucas concocted a lengthy lie about a time-travel based Return of the Jedi so that the crew did not find out the surprise revelation uttered by Darth Vader.
Star Wars Chapter Books
Star Wars Early Readers
Star Wars Graphic Novels
Star Wars DVDs
Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda Series
Origami Yoda website