Thursday, December 29, 2011
50 in 50: The Phantom Menace 3D Character Countdown: Day 44 & 43: Little Annie's Pals
The dynamic duo of Kitster Banai and W. Wald check in as characters #44 and #43 in our TPM countdown.
Kitster was one of young Anakin Skywalker's best friends and later in life would play a pivotal role in allowing Princess Leia to connect with her father's life on Tatooine (see Tatooine Ghost), long before he would become the towering villain, Darth Vader. We will ignore Kitster's checkered love life and his interesting work history and just focus on the fact that he had a pretty nifty holocube capturing images of Anakin's victory of the Boonta Eve Classic.
Wald was played by one of Lucas' most used actors, Warwick Davis and continues the naming convention of giving the characters he played a "W" name. I know it is a completely different character, but every time I watch TPM, and Anakin is working on his podracer, I get excited by seeing the juvenile Greedo. In universe, Wald would take over Anakin's old "job" at Watto's Junk shop, eventually taking over the business when Watto retired.
Of course Kitster and Wald have their own Wookieepedia pages, you should check them out, Kitster sounds like he may be a good candidate for Jerry Springer.
The Phantom Menace in 3D will be released on February 10, 2012.