Star Wars fans might have come to love The Last Jedi's wide-eyed porgs, but for creature designer Neal Scanlan, it was "terrifying" to create Star Wars creatures that would either be accepted or shunned by an excessively passionate Star Wars community.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Scanlan opened up about what it felt like working on the Porgs, saying that he was terrified about how the fanbase might react to Ahch-To's ever curious residents.
"Doing the porgs, actually, was terrifying, because you have a fear that if you get it wrong, all the fans are going to hate you forever, quite frankly. It was great...as soon as we heard that there was a warm reaction to them. It's great. They are incredibly lovable. I don't mean that because it has anything to do with me, they just come across in the film [that way]."
Though the fanbase had initial concerns over the creatures, the tide turned over as soon as they got to see more of the Porgs in The Last Jedi's trailers and eventually in the film itself. Since then, there's been an overwhelming fondness for the weird-faced birds, and now fans openly gush over videos of Porgs dancing. We hope we get to see a bit more Porgs when Episode IX makes its way to the big screen next year.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi gets its Digital HD release on March 13 and its Blu-Ray and DVD release on March 27.