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While the Skywalker saga of nine films stretching across 42 years came to an end last year, its influence continues – and will likely always continue – to influence all other projects coming from the House of Mouse and the mega hit The Mandalorian folds in elements of the saga as creatures and matte paintings – very familiar ones indeed – were used to create the hit Disney Plus show.

ILM VFX supervisor Richard Bluff explained just how connected the visual palate of the two shows are, and why.

“There has been an enormous number of practical elements shot for previous Star Wars films, so we leveraged as much as possible from ILM’s asset library. For example, there’s a scene in episode five when Mando sees two Banthas off in the distance. I was adamant we shouldn’t build a fully animated and rigged furry Bantha for just two shots and suggested we pull out the plates from A New Hope’s dailies. I knew I could come up with a shot design to leverage the Banthas from that.”

With the show just 44 days away from arriving on Disney Plus in Europe and the UK, now’s a good time to revisit the first season.