Like anyone who has seen star wars can attest to the fact that there’s a lot of sand in the galaxy, and that’s because Lucasfilm has always had a knack for shooting in desert locations. Maybe it’s because the deserts are such a great place to seek out talented Force-sensitive youngsters, but a new breakdown has the exact count of how much desert is featured in star wars.
The first thing to keep in mind is whether to take star wars spin-offs into consideration, such as The Mandalorian owes its spaghetti western style to many things, and one of them is certainly its frequent use of desert landscapes, and the same goes for Boba Fett’s Book, sure. Regardless, there’s still a surprisingly high amount of Tattoine or Jakku settings in all three trilogies, so how much are all of these locations taking up in terms of valuable screen time?
Well, as reported Collider (click here to see another infographic), the three films with the most desert landscapes in franchise history are The Rise of Skywalker (6.9%), attack of the clones (6.5%) and The Phantom Menace (6.3%), all falling below a double-digit share of runtime, contrary to the above Boba Fett book (32.3%) and The Mandalorian (17.8%), both of which beat Obi Wan Kenobi (6.2%) by far. As for movies or shows that spend less time in the sand, that honor goes to The Empire Strikes Back with absolutely zero (no, ice deserts don’t count), closely followed by The Last Jedi (1.4%) and Revenge of the Sith (1.6%). Check out Collider’s handy chart below for the rest.
Now keep in mind that the calculation methods already take into account the much longer execution time of the three star wars series available on Disney Plus. Instead, the goal is to determine what percentage of that runtime is dedicated to the desert environment. Rounding up all the numbers, between movies and shows, it turns out that star wars the movies and shows spend a combined 12 hours and 33 minutes in the wilderness, which is just over a quarter of the total franchise runtime at exactly 26.8% versus 73.2% spent in various locations.
Why so much sand? Well, obviously having star wars primarily centered around Skywalkers goes a long way (after all, it’s called the Skywalker Saga for a reason), as Anakin and his son Luke grew up in Tattoine, and that sense of familiarity is exactly why the writers have decided that Rey would grow up in the desert. Maybe Andor, AhsokaWhere The MandalorianThe third season of may change this trend, or it could be something saved for Taika Waititi star wars project.
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