Star Wars ownership may have switched hands officially, but just one man’s perspective of the galaxy far, far away is truly pure: George Lucas.
The imagination of the maker formed one of the most successful franchises of all time, an epic story of good versus evil that has been an inspiration for many generations of fans. Though some of his work was defamed in the past, several critics have praised what the creator was able to implement.
It’s only fitting that his Padawan, Dave Filoni, has engaged in a significant role in Star Wars storytelling, keeping an eye on the live-action MandoVerse with Jon Favreau.
Lucas continues to be in close contact with Filoni and also with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and has visited the sets of each Star Wars project under Disney’s umbrella.
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Lucas essentially is the Yoda of Star Wars – a sensible man with lessons to bestow on those who will listen on how to be a good person and get over struggling times.
Filoni was earlier unsure whether to add a baby of Yoda’s species in The Mandalorian since he didn’t want to remove the charm of the Jedi Master. Ultimately, he accepted, and with Favreau, he formed one of the most well-known characters in the franchise.
Grogu’s capabilities with the Force and how he opted to pursue the Jedi path are known now, but there was a time when the creative minds behind the character didn’t completely know the little guy’s backstory, so Filoni went to Lucas for suggestions.
George Lucas Wanted Grogu to Have Training
In the Star Wars book, The Art of The Mandalorian: Season 2, writer and director Dave Filoni discloses that he had conversations with George Lucas about Grogu. The Star Wars creator wanted to make sure that the character had learned how to sharpen his Force capabilities:
“I talked with George, at one point, about the Child, and his main concern was that the kid has to have a proper amount of training.”
As it comes up, Lucas had an indirect impact on a decision taken for “Chapter 15 – The Believer” by concept artist Doug Chiang, also, credit goes to a set visit for Rogue One:
“An early idea was that the Imperial drivers were wearing the same armor as the AT-AT commanders [from The Empire Strikes Back]. Ultimately, we decided to go with the tank troopers from Rogue One [a design chosen by George Lucas on a Rogue One pre-production set visit].”
As Chiang mentioned in the book’s foreword, The Mandalorian’s art department keeps following the guiding principles of design Lucas formed for Star Wars:
“So, what makes a strong Star Wars design? The guidelines established by George Lucas are simple: Design as if a child could draw it. Design for the silhouette. Design for the iconic logo. Keep it simple. Give it personality and make it believable.”
Master Lucas the Wise
Darth Vader. Yoda. R2-D2. The Mandalorian.
Name the Star Wars character, and there’s an epic silhouette. Each human, alien, and droid have a different look for which they become immediately iconic. The Disney plus introduction for each new Star Wars content defines this properly. There’s a simplicity to the designs in the franchise, but the guiding principles of its creator have made sure that they all remained adequate years after their creations.
It’s amazing that even after ten years have passed since the ink dried on Lucasfilm’s sale, George Lucas continues to have such a considerable impact on his franchise.
The Maker was initially scheduled to be intensely occupied with the follow-up trilogy, but Disney cast aside his story treatments and the writers and directors of the films didn’t sequel his saga true to form. This majorly drove Lucas away from his old company, and he is not much involved since.
But even his short set visits have produced amazing results. Who better to choose a design for a new trooper in Rogue One than the man who began it all?
And the selection later turned out to be beneficial for The Mandalorian, as the correct design already was there for the situation required. During a set visit to Solo, Lucas recommended during the scene in Lando’s closet on the Millennium Falcon that Han wouldn’t care to put a cape back on the rack, he would just drop it. And that small action was Han Solo.
Grogu is an intriguing situation in Star Wars as he is a baby. Not meaning that he’s a cash cow for endless merchandise, or that he can be utilized in stories for the next thousand years. Having a character who is Force-sensitive and learned under the Jedi but continues to be a baby years later the Order’s death is a unique idea and the trust of what he can do pins fully on what he learned before.
It makes complete sense that Lucas would find it crucial that Grogu has proper training, this goes for both the past and the present.
For Grogu to show such power as to lift beasts and cure wounded beings, he would require to have been taught how to use his powers. While his eviction may have slowed down his growth, the children must continue to learn if he is going to grow beyond his helpless situation and become a powerful warrior and, apparently, teacher.
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Overall, Grogu is the opposite of Rey. He is of a species that’s naturally blessed with the Force, but without training and rules, there is no chance of him growing as a Jedi.
Filoni and Favreau have pursued the principles of becoming a Jedi with the character, stressing the requirement for him to dedicate himself and take the time required to strengthen his abilities. Luke tells Mando before taking Grogu, “Talent without training is nothing.”
You can see Grogu’s training in both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett on Disney plus.