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Scurriers were a species of small non-sentient creatures that hailed from the desert planet of Tatooine. They were characterized by their long ears, distinctive snout, and skittish temperament. They normally roamed the desert, but were commonly found loitering outside inhabited settlements.

Biology and appearance[]

Scurriers were small non-sentient creatures that possessed some bipedal ability. They had a semi-upright posture, with their limbs directly underneath their body, their trunk in a near-horizontal position, their neck curving upwards, and their tail sticking straight out behind. They ran on all fours, adopting a fully horizontal posture, but were also capable of standing on their hindlimbs alone, freeing their forelimbs and paws for digging. Their heads boasted two sideways-facing eyes, a pair of long, tubular ears that were usually held upright, and a distinctive snout ending in a disc-shaped nose with four nostrils. Scurriers were covered in naked, wrinkled skin whose color varied from pink (on the underside) and grey (on the back and upper part of the skull).[3]

Behavior[]

Scurriers used their forepaws to dig into the sand.[3] Although they normally lived in the desert,[2] scurriers could also be found near or even inside inhabited settlements. They traveled in groups, and tended to disperse at the first sign of perceived danger, such as a passing vehicle.[1]

History[]

Scurriers hailed from Tatooine,[3] a suns-scorched, desert planet located in the Outer Rim region of the galaxy.[2] They were a source of meat for the sentient inhabitants of Tatooine. In the town of Mos Eisley, dead scurriers were commonly seen hanging from food stalls.[4]

Four scurriers loitering in the streets of Mos Eisley

When Anakin Skywalker came to visit the Lars family[5] in 22 BBY,[6] a pack of scurriers were loitering outside the family's homestead[5] on the Great Chott salt flat.[7]

The Volpai Moregi tossed bread crust to scurriers in the capital city of the moon Pantora[8] in 19 BBY,[9] the creatures' tails wagging as they ate.[10]

In 0 BBY,[6] a pack of scurriers were present just outside Mos Eisley when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived aboard Skywalker's X-34 landspeeder,[1] entering the city via Outer Curved Street.[11] Startled by the passing vehicle, the scurriers dispersed with high-pitched squeaks. Mere moments later, Skywalker and Kenobi encountered another group of scurriers as they manoeuvred the landspeeder[1] into Straight Street.[11]

Similarly, the Mandalorian warrior Din Djarin caused a group of scurriers to disperse when he arrived at Mos Pelgo on his Zephyr-J speeder bike one day[3] in around 9 ABY.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

TyRuben Ellingson's studies for the scurriers

The scurriers were created for the Special Edition of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which saw theatrical release in 1997. Along with the rest of the Mos Eisley menagerie, they were designed by TyRuben Ellingson. The concept of the scurriers varied from the reptilian to the mammalian to an indeterminate, Muppet-like creature. The final design was that of a horned rodent.[13] The computer-generated models of the scurrier that appeared in the Special Edition were in fact heavily modified models loosely based on Velociraptor studies developed for the 1993 movie Jurassic Park.[14]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  4. Star Wars Battlefront II
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  7. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  8. SWYTlogo.png The Untold Clone Wars Panel – Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) showcases an unfinished Star Wars: The Clone Wars story reel clip made for an arc which the novel Dark Disciple was adapted from. The clip's corresponding scene in the novel only refers to "rodentlike creatures," however the reel depicts said creatures as scurriers. As such, it can be deduced that the aforementioned creatures in the novel are scurriers.
  9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates the plot to assassinate Count Dooku to 19 years before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the film's events in 0 BBY, the plot to assassinate Dooku—as well as the scurriers' appearance—must have taken place in 19 BBY.
  10. Dark Disciple
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  12. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  13. StarWars.com 6 Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Concepts from the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. Databank title.png scurrier in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
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