J.J. Abrams released a short video this morning showing bits of the Star Wars set in Abu Dhabi, spruiking UNICEF and what-not. Bu J.J. is upstaged by the coolest puppeteered character I’ve seen in a while. I’m SOO glad to see this. I despise episodes I, II and III for their tragic overuse of CGI to create characters that had no gravity or depth – odd animations that felt out of place with the live action. Rewatching the original trilogy on May 4, I was reminded how much more real the characters feel when they are physically on the set,...

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