- "They're from Ahch-To. Luke called them porgs. They're adorable."
- ―Rey, to Poe Dameron
Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]
Porgs were a species of non-sentient birds. They were stocky in nature, with two short wings, flat, beakless faces, and two webbed feet. They had large, telescopic eyes that helped them catch fish. Porgs were sexually dimorphic; males were slightly larger than females, and males also had orange plumage around the eyes. Porgs of both sexes were covered in dense feathers, with white coloration on the body and face, and gray to brown on the wings and back. They were much lighter than they looked, thanks to a thick outer layer of waterproof feathers with a fluffy underlayer for warmth. They could fly short distances but not far enough to leave their native island. They could also run quite swiftly on the ground and were good at maneuvering into small spaces. The birds had stereoscopic vision; their eyes had brown irises and black pupils. Porgs favored colder environments.
Porgs apparently understood certain linguistic terms. When they overheard Rey refer to Chewbacca as "Chewie," they mistook it to be the word chewy, leading them to wonder whether Chewbacca would serve as her food.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
- "Puffy, my good luck charm! You look hungry."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka
These hypercurious, cliff-dwelling creatures were found throughout the islands of the planet Ahch-To. They were capable of performing controlled dives into the sea, where they fetched fish to feed on or pass on to their otherwise helpless offspring, which were called "porglets." Porglets were hatched as pairs. They also hunted crustaceans. Porgs exhibited a roosting behavior, and they built nests along the island cliffs. They built nests from hair, fiber or grass and decorated them with shiny objects they had acquired. The nests were tended to by the mother and father. Porgs loved water, both to drink and to play in. They also loved tasting new things. Porgs had strong natural camouflaging abilities, as well as many interesting calls, ranging from burbles to squeaks to song. They crooned a special song when they were pleased. However, they could also be completely silent when necessary. Despite their curious nature, they could be quite shy if they felt threatened. Porgs, both wild and domesticated alike, were unusually smitten by human objects, and found shiny objects very fascinating. If their curiosity ran unchecked, they could wreak havoc. Porgs enjoyed being petted and scratched, especially behind their ears. A group of porgs was called a "murder."
History[edit | edit source]
- "When did this old rattletrap become a birdcage?"
- ―Leia Organa, commenting on the infestation of porgs in the Millennium Falcon
Porgs evolved from seabirds on Ahch-To. Considered quite tasty by some species, they were sometimes hunted by the resident Lanai as well as visitors to Ahch-To. At the time of the First Order/Resistance War, when Jedi Master Luke Skywalker threw his lightsaber off a cliff, two porgs investigated the weapon. The birds nearly activated the weapon, before they were scared off by Rey. Shortly afterwards, another porg watched in curiosity from its nest as the Jedi Master spearfished from an island cliff. Rey found the porgs to be helpful to her Jedi training after she used the Force to catch one in midair in order to retrieve the lightsaber it had snatched. Finding that the porg's flock was visibly fascinated by her power, Rey promised them all "a turn." While staying on Ahch-To, the Wookiee Chewbacca roasted two porgs for supper. A few of the birds stared at him before he could take a bite, but Chewbacca scared them off. When Chewbacca landed on Ahch-To, he considered porgs as a tasty treat, but found it hard to kill the winged creatures when the pack turned their sad eyes on him.
Unable to acquire a patch of blue moss for their young twins, a couple of porgs snatched wiring of the same color from the Millennium Falcon, hindering repairs that were being performed by Chewbacca and R2-D2. Following the porgs to their nest, Chewbacca tried to barter the blue wiring for a blanket but was declined. Soon realizing the plight of the porgs, Chewbacca was convinced by R2 to brave strong winds in order to harvest the moss from the high tree. Grateful for his assistance, the parents returned the wiring to Chewbacca, marking his first amicable relationship with porgs.
Later, at least four porgs found their way aboard the Millennium Falcon and made a nest. One of them accompanied Chewbacca during the Battle of Crait. Despite having an initial antagonism with the porgs, Chewbacca grew to like them and became their friend. These stowaways eventually managed to spread their species far from the borders of their home planet.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "…porgs are cute. You fall into those deep, soulful eyes. I think a lot of people are going to want a porg as a pet."
- ―Pablo Hidalgo
Porgs were designed for the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. They were conceived by writer/director Rian Johnson, who created them to digitally cover up the vast numbers of real-life puffins present on Skellig Michael, the filming site for Ahch-To. According to creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies, Johnson "was looking at how can he work with [the puffins]. You can't remove them. You physically can't get rid of them. And digitally removing them is an issue and a lot of work, so let's just roll with it, play with it. And so I think he thought, 'Well, that's great, let's have our own indigenous species. Porgs were first revealed in behind-the-scenes footage from The Last Jedi at the D23 Expo in July 2017. They were officially named in a StarWars.com interview with Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo. Along with fellow Story Group member Leland Chee, Hidalgo rationalized that the birds seen flying on Ahch-To at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens were also porgs, retroactively establishing that their first appearance was in that film.
During the concept stage of The Last Jedi, creature designer Jake Lunt Davies explored a variety of influences, drawing ideas from birds, bats, flying squirrels, and aquatic creatures such as seals, otters, and beavers. The design approved by Johnson was based on a seal combined with a pug, akin to aquatic, flightless penguins. Porgs were created using a variety of effects including puppets and CGI. About fifteen porgs were built, each for a specific moment in the film, a group of painted models, animatronic pieces, and 1 "hero" model. The creatures' squawks were made using a manipulation of a combination of recordings of doves, chickens, and turkeys. The recordings were pitched to create the birds' unique sounds. Additionally, Skywalker Sound team member Ren Klyce sampled imitations of a turkey call performed by an intern named Nick Doctor to further develop the sound of the porgs. When ILM created the CG porgs, they took care to match the movements made by on-set puppeteers. Concept art for the film revealed that, in the scene where porgs investigate Skywalker's lightsaber, it was considered that one of them would have activated the weapon just as another was looking down the shaft, killing it.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Blips – "Keep Away"
- Star Wars Blips – "Stowaway"
- Disney Magic Kingdoms
- The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
Sources[edit | edit source]
Non-canon sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Set: 75192 Millennium Falcon)
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Set: 75200 Ahch-To Island Training)
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- "Tales from Wild Space: The Best Pet"—Star Wars Adventures 5
- Chewie and the Porgs
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Porg Problems"
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Porgs!"
- The Last Jedi: Rey's Journey
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- Pirate's Price
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Creature Stall
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- "Meet the Porgs" Bonus featurette in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- Romano, Nick (2017-12-30). How the porgs in Star Wars: The Last Jedi got their squawk. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018. Retrieved on December 30, 2017.
- The Force of Sound: Creating sounds in a galaxy far, far away (Video). ABC News (2018-02-20). Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved on November 9, 2020.