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The Boonta Eve Classic or Boonta Eve Classic Podrace was an annual podrace on Tatooine, held in and around the Grand Arena in Mos Espa.[1] The event was held by the Hutt Clan to commemorate the holiday Boonta Eve,[6] and was recorded by numerous Hologlide J57 cam droids.[7] One such race, held at the same time as the Trade Federation's invasion of the planet Naboo, was presided over by Jabba the Hutt. This race was attacked by Orr'UrRuuR'R and several other Tusken Raiders, who fired at the racers with their slugthrowers, and the winner of that race was Anakin Skywalker,[1] who finished in 15 minutes and 42 seconds.[7] Of the 18 participants, 66% don't finish, as only 6 racers do. [7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Boonta Eve Classic appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[1]

According to concept artist Doug Chiang, director George Lucas wanted a recognizable but distinct terrain for the race, reason for which Chiang and the production crew mixed and condensed real locations and exaggerated the scale to add that 20% extra terrain that made it unique. Topo maps were made so Lucas could establish the route and configure canyons and plateaus which could constitute into recognizable landmarks. With such map, they timed the race to see how many laps could be completed in eight minutes at speeds of more than 900 kilometers per hour in order to determine the length of the course. Afterwards, they added obstacles in the most quieter sections, while others were simplified in areas of greater visual clarity.[4]

In the audio commentary on the Episode I DVD, visual effects supervisor John Knoll points out that in a shot of the scene of Sebulba riding just behind Anakin Skywalker, with Anakin's head nearly in the connecting current between the pod engines, it's possible to see that Sebulba isn't present in his pod.[8]

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