Today we are addicted to the cuteness of Grogu, but before him, perhaps the most recent star on the serotonin dose level was the very cute and courageous BB-8. The droid is a kind of advanced model of the classic R2D2 and was presented to the public in 2015, stealing the scene in Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Since then, he has appeared in every film in the franchise and has been featured in theme parks, not forgetting his participation in the animated series Star Wars Resistance.
BB-8 serves the Resistance and is owned by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), being super loyal to him. He established a connection with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and was vital in the fight against the First Order. His domed head is free to move, and he circles quickly and with greater skill than R2D2’s bloodline, but his “voice” is also prominent.
Obviously, we don’t understand its “speech”, but the sounds are ultra-clear. And two-star comedians Bill Hader from Barry and Ben Schwartz from The Afterparty (two of my favorite series of recent years) are credited as “vocal consultants”. Yep, they worked on BB-8’s person, no wonder it rocks.
As Bill said at the time of the film, director J.J. Abram “was playing around with an effects app on the iPad that was connected to the stereo I operated. It looked ridiculous, but it created BB-8’s voice.” The original proposal was that he could speak, but they changed their mind because it would be “too human”. The sounds created by Ben and Bill contributed to making the droid one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise. On #starwarsday, our vote is that #mayforceiswithyou