A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Actually it was in a movie theatre less than 50 miles away.
I am a Star Wars fan, and have been since I saw the first movie, and yes, I am anxiously awaiting The Force Awakens. (You may have seen my inner sci fi geek make an appearance now and again.)
Would I write Dogs of Star Wars?
So when the executive editor at Dogster.com asked me if I would take on their Dogs of Star Wars series, I said yes before she finished speaking. They’ve already done a whole series of “Dogs of” posts, photoshopping dogs into the main characters of Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and a few more.
That’s quite a humorous history to uphold.
I was told I could just write the Dogs of Star Wars story, and someone else would do the photoshopping. But I was as likely to do that as Chewbacca was to plant a big furry kiss on Lando Calrissian’s mustachioed face.
Seeking guidance from the masters
So I took on the whole project. And then I realized this was Star Wars. Star Wars. Legions of fans would judge my choices — from the characters I chose to include to the breeds I picked to represent them.
I sought guidance from my future son-in-law Luke (and yes, that’s his name, and yes, he could pass for a Skywalker, but that’s another story). Which characters should I show? Just from the original movies? Should I stick with canon? Any ideas on dog breeds? That quickly devolved into an hours-long, in-depth analysis of each film and cast.
This had to be my own. What I didn’t tell the folks at Dogster.com: I was a padawan in the intricacies of Photoshop. I could cut, paste and use the clone stamp, but that’s about it. I had to make an attempt.
Then I remembered some wise advice I once heard: ““Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
So over the course of several days, with the help of the interweb masters, I taught myself how to turn Obi-Wan Kenobi into a Scottish Deerhound and Emperor Palpatine into a Mastiff. C-3PO and R2-D2 were special challenges (Golden Retriever and Weimaraner respectively). Along the way I also turned a Great Pyrenees into a tauntaun and a Maltese into a wampa. (Even my son thought a Maltese wampa was impressive: “I’ll give you that,” he said. “That’s pretty funny.” High praise indeed.)
And enjoy. Feel free to laugh, argue and share.
Just. Please. Don’t judge me on my photoshop skills. Much to learn I still have.
A few of the Dogs of Star Wars
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