It was not only "Granny Vodka". Burtt was also inspired by the Tibetan. And by inspiration we mean, it's straightforward Tibetan. According to an article from 1991 in Culture Burtt also recorded nine Tibetan immigrants. Here it gets a bit controversial. Contrary to its presentation, this report claims that it was the Tibetans who were first given the vodka. Not because they asked, but because their performances were perceived as deficient and the "secret of the translator to conduct a lively dialogue" was to horseshoe them in order to "relax them". Never a good sign if your production process mimics that of date rapists.
In Return Of The Jedi there are actually two examples of true Tibetans who appear to have come directly from these recording sessions. One line of the dialogue suggests that the Tibetan immigrants were impressed by the recording equipment of the studio, while the other implies that they did not enjoy being recorded, as an Ewok C-3PO states, "I am a quiet person. Leave me alone. "
Even the word" Ewok "itself is a loosely appropriated indigenous culture created to deal with" Miwhok, "the tribe from the northern California country where Lucas worked rhyme. And we know that because Lucas said it under oath. Why was he sworn? Well, as we researched this story, we found another crazy detail: George Lucas was accused of stealing the Ewoks!
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