Chris Maier (
Sun, 11 Jun 2000 12:46:04 -0400

Peko-Peko(I think that was their name) were small flying creatures you see
flying around Naboo from time to time. There are some close-up design
sketches of them in reference books and CDs for Phantom. They kind of have
an arched beak and a prehistoric kinda design(Which pretty much all the
creatures in TPM had, including the much-maligned Jar-Jar Binks).

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Subject: Re: [gundam] George Lucas...Gundam fan?

> In a message dated 6/11/00 6:19:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << I recall reading at the Presto Studios site that George Lucas was
> to make a Gundam movie in the 80s. anybody know if it's
> true? There apparentally are some slight anime references in TPM-for
> instance, the flying things on Naboo are called "Peko Peko" a direct
> reference to Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Darth Maul has a double-bladed
> saber which might(Might) have been inspired by the Geloog)Come to think of
> it, there's some Geloogness in those battle droids as well.
> Also, the Midichlorian scanners a little Akira-style, and those Trade
> Federation landing ships are similar to Nausicca's flying ships. Plus, the
> Trade Federation seems to harken straight from a Leiji Matsumoto anime. We
> know George is into Japanese stuff, why not Gundam?
> Plus, there's a new episode II prop photo that looks suspiciouslly like
> :)
> Chris >>
> Tomino addressed this at Anime-Expo '92 and he said that it never got
> some very preliminary discussions. I also believe that is was Spielberg's
> production group, not Lucas' that was involved. Tomino basically said that
> there was a meeting, some ideas were talked about, and that was all.
> I just found my tape of Tomino's panel at AX92, when I get the time, I'll
> transcribe it.
> "Peko Peko", what are those? I don't think the battledroids look anything

> like the Gelgoogs, but Lucas is very aware of anime and its artistic
> influences. The manga for Episode 1 was done by Kia Asimiya (Silent
> and it looks great.
> Tom
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