Star Wars Bantha was Elephant in Costume

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Remember the Banthas in Star Wars? They were the large Woolly Mammoth-looking animals owned by the Tuscan Raiders (Sand People).

Turns out that a real elephant was used for filming, and some old production photos show the elephant getting into the costume. Pretty amazing!

From ElephantArt:

The Bantha wich appeared in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was played by an female Asian elephant in a large custom made costume. However, during shooting the elephant would frequently take off the costume because it wasn’t accustom to the extra warmth generated from wearing it in the California heat.

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[ElephantArt via SuperPunch]


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