There’s no denying that the biggest sensation in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” are those adorable little porg creatures, whose squawk is a hybrid of a trio of feathered friends, according to sound designer Ren Klyce.
“At Skywalker Sound there’s a chicken coop with these little chickens, and Coya Elliott, our first assistant, went down and recorded those chickens,” Klyce told Cinemablend. “And then we took that sound and slowed it down and stretched it out and found little chirps.”
“We found this man who releases doves at weddings, and we asked him to come down so we could record them…So we have a little snippet of that [turkey call], a little bit of chicken, a little dove, and cut it all together,” added Kylce.
The porgs are puppets with wide black eyes and furry, flapping wings created through Neal Scanlan’s creature shop. The inspiration for the adorable creatures originated during a visit to the Irish island of Skellig Michael, where the final scenes of “The Force Awakens” were shot.
“If you go to Skellig at the right time of year, it’s just covered in puffins, and they’re the most adorable things in the world,” director Rian Johnson told EW. “So when I was first scouting there, I saw these guys, and I was like, oh, these are part of the island. And so the Porgs are in that realm.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is currently playing in theaters.