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The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide [Hardcover]

Terryl Whitlatch , Bob Carrau
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Nov 2001
Designed as a naturalist's sketch book and featuring the meticulous illustrations of Star Wars' artist Whitlatch, this is a definitive guide to the creatures of George Lucas's world famous creation.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811828697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811828697
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 26 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" hitting theaters next year, here's the perfect gift

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Bob Carrau is a San Francisco-based screenwriter and author. He has written and continues to write films, television shows, computer games, and books. His association with Lucasfilm goes back twenty years. Terryl Whitlatch was the principal creature designer for Star Wars: Episode One. She has also designed characters and creatures for many other feature films, and is currently Senior Art Director at Vis-a-vis, Inc., a content creation company. She lives in

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Wars book in ages. 12 Nov 2001
A MUST-HAVE! Not only is this tome THE book of the year -- if not the decade -- for Star Wars enthusiasts (such as myself), but it will also go down well with biologists (such as myself).
Extremely well thought out, the authors draw parallels with animals found on Earth to make the creatures of the Star Wars universe realistically believable. For example, the size relation of the nuna's egg to the adult female is also found in the kiwi, and the multiple embryos coming from that single egg are similar to the multi-spawning eggs of some parasitic wasps. The similarities between banthas and elephants are copious, and the mouth-breeding behaviour of the opee sea killer will be familiar to any avid aquarist.
There are also many wonderful and enchanting "background" details in many of the drawings, like Bib Fortuna looking to purchase a Nightsister's rancor, an Ewok being carried off by a condor-dragon, and some Tatooine anoobas picking over the remains of the late podracer Teemto Pagalies (those are DEFINITELY his goggles).
The book is arranged in chapters by planet. (Naboo has three chapters for its various macroenvironments: terrestrial, deep aquatic, and swamp.) The ecologies of the worlds and the niches of the native creatures are all highly detailed and superbly explained. Great care and effort was put into expanding the range of Star Wars wildlife knowledge, using conceptual sketches and some apparently original animals to flesh out the bestiary to a fantastic extent. The images of the creatures themselves are -- and I have NEVER before used this term outside of describing food before, but it is now necessary -- sumptuous. The people responsible for the content of this book deserve to win awards. Lots of 'em.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 23 Oct 2004
By Mr. N. England VINE VOICE
I'm not much of a Star Wars freak. I love the films and know them very well but have never really gotten much past that. The thing that most interests me about the films is the way a whole universe has been created, with painstaking detail everywhere you look. Whether puppet or CG, the creatures have always been the most amazing for me and so I bought this book.
This book is simply gorgeous. Instead of taking stills from the film and adding text (boring!) the book consists of hundreds of superb drawings of almost all the creatures from the films. It has obviously been a labour of love for the artist and as a result the quality is exceptional.
This is a must for Star Wars lovers, set designers and illustrators everywhere! It ranks up there with 'Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book' in my opinion!
Buy it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL 7 July 2002
Brilliant, I had the advantage of seeing this book before I bought it. I can honestly say that if you are a star wars fan and appreciate the effort and hundreds of hours that must have gone into the production of this book then buy it.
In 30 years time this book will still be as fascinating to your grand children as it will be to you. I love it.
Designs are inspirational to me, I have seen many design books from Furniture to Clothing, but I can honestly say I have never seen a book that is full of animal designs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book has a great feel to it. It is heavy and has lots of pages (complex analysis over).
Every page in this 175 page book is full colour and the artwork is inspiring. They go into full detail about the exact nature of many of the fantastic beasts including upbringing and pointing out details like digestive systems of many of the larger Star Wars monsters. These details are backed up by some great slice through views like the "Space Slug" (the animal that Han Solo landed the Millennium Falcon in).
If only these authors did a "Star ship" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality book with good quality contents. 21 April 2002
By looking at the cover, you can already tell this is a good book. It is extremely well put together, and the art work and creature studies are excellant. If you are at all interested in nature/biology and star wars then this is a must.
Although this book does have a few faults (such as the unfeasable space slugs inside and the nameless, descriptionless animals in the coruscant area) it is descripitive and believable and opens up a relatively unexplored section of the star wars universe, and a very interesting one at that.
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