It’s porgs vs. BB-8 in this adorable Star Wars short film
Move over, BB-8. There’s a cute new Star Wars character in town.
Earlier this summer, The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson unveiled some behind-the-scenes footage at D23, and fans immediately fixated on one particularly cute creature. It was later revealed that these adorable animals are called porgs, and they’ll be making their big-screen debut in the upcoming film.
Now, a new animated Star Wars short is giving us a look at these tiny critters in action, as they come face to face with poor BB-8. It’s the first time we’ve seen porgs move — or heard what they sound like! — and the result is predictably adorable.
In a recent interview with EW, Johnson opened up about how porgs were inspired by the real-life puffins living on Skellig Michael, the Irish island where The Force Awakens’ finale was filmed. In the Star Wars universe, porgs live on the remote island of Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker’s been hiding out for the past few years.
“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,” 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 will hit theaters Dec. 15.