Wednesday, December 27, 2017

This blog is pro-Porg.

Star Wars has not always made good non-Earth creatures (the Ewoks, Jar-Jar Binks) but this latest installment, The Last Jedi, has several good ones, most especially the Porg, who I immediately recognized for what they are: Space Puffins. 
(Really--they were filming on an island off Ireland that was covered in puffins.)

I was a little surprised that some people hate them.
 But then, some people feel strongly about Star Wars--I am not one of them. Star Trek, yes. Star Wars, eh. But I did like this movie a lot.

Looking for photos of porgs, I found this GIF:

They're cute for the same reason lots of stuffed animals are cute: they look like babies.
"The leading theory for why humans find certain animals cute is they remind us of young children. Baby-like characteristics, known as 'kindchenschema' (German for 'child form'), include a relatively large head compared to the body, a big cranium, round eyes and chubby cheeks. In studies where pictures of animals or babies have been artificially manipulated, participants prefer images with cuter facial features."

Well, if they're ugly, are babies ugly?


ArtSparker said...

Just saw "Jane", about Jane Goodall. Check out the baby chimps in that if you see it.

Fresca said...

I haven't seen the movie, but on your rec, I looked up baby chimps---OMG.