Watto sure looks like the Condor Dragon from Battle for Endor…

May 3, 2021 | In A Far Away Galaxy

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I was introducing the kids to the new Disney + Plus releases of the Caravan of Courage and its sequel Battle for Endor when the Condor Dragon that captures Cindel in the sequel reminded me of something.

And once I released I could not stop making the connection, the Dragon looks like Watto from The Phantom Menance:

Sure, it’s a stretch and a bit of fun and for sure the movies were indeed fun to watch with the kids. 
Indeed, Wikipedia suggests Watto was inspired by several things, but not this film!
Caravan of Courage has held a place in my heart since I saw it at the movies in Hastings, New Zealand A LONG time ago… on paper, it’s a great story (indeed George Lucas has the story credit), on-screen it’s a happy mumble-jumble of Ewok fun. The same can be said of Battle for Endor.
Fun Fact: In The Battle for Endor, the Nightsister known as ‘Charal’ was played by Sian Phillips. She played the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in the 1984 film version of Dune. The Dune novel was a massive influence on Lucas’s original Star Wars script.
The Nightsisters concept eventually made its way into an episode of The Clone Wars.
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