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[30], Footage of Ackbar reciting the line was featured on both Comedy Central comedy shows The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on February 11, 2010, alongside clips of various Republican Party politicians insisting a White House invitation by President Barack Obama was a trap. Although his time in the film was brief, Ackbar became a prominent character in other Star Wars media, including novels, comic books, video games, and television shows, and later made appearances in the sequel trilogy films Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and the television series The Clone Wars. [12] The fragile peace between Mon Cala's two primary species, the Calamari and the Quarren, is disrupted after King Kolina is assassinated by Riff Tamson, an agent for the Confederacy of Independent Systems, also known as the Separatists, one of the primary antagonists of the series. [1], Brandon Alinger, author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy[114], Ackbar's appearance in the film was created using a combination of either a half-body puppet or a full-body costume, depending on the camera angle required for the shot. . Although their efforts started out as a joke, some students began to seriously push for the idea,[167][168] while others strongly opposed it and felt it was an embarrassment for the university. He only asked to portray him because he liked the look of the character,[1][8] and said he was "thinking he was going to be in the third row in a new cantina sequence or something". "[114] Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers helped create the Ackbar costume, for which Rose wore a beanbag-like piece around his belly to create Ackbar's distinctive silhouette. [123], Although the character was created with the best available puppetry technology at the time, Lucas was not entirely pleased with the final result and felt it was a compromise. ' It's a trap !' Influenced by a surviving Jedi, Lee-Char conti… [1][2][3] Published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate,[5] the strip ran in newspapers across the United States from November 1982 to January 1983. _,,,--~~~~~--,_ . [113][13][114], Rodis-Jamero's first Ackbar sketch was created in the fall of 1981, two years before Return of the Jedi was released, and was known at the time simply as a "Calamari man". Admiral Ackbar: We have no choice, General Calrissian! She later reflected that the all-white costume could have used more aging, saying: "I had to airbrush it, which was done very fast and it does look kind of like it's outlined. Admiral Ackbar – famous for saying the line "It’s a trap!" Ackbar was originally planned to be more conventionally humanoid, but after Star Wars creator George Lucas decided to make him an alien, he allowed Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand to pick from various designs. . [146] Renaldo Matadeen of Comic Book Resources called the line "a pop culture touchstone". [85][86][128][130] The recording session took one hour, and Bauersfeld made up the voice on the spot after looking at a photograph of Ackbar, without having any other information about the character. [129][131][53], Bauersfeld reprised the role in the 1993 computer game Star Wars: X-Wing. Neither the full-body nor close-up version of Ackbar were capable of generating a complete performance on their own, but shot separately and seamlessly edited together, they gave the admiral a realistic feel. line was also referenced on the television comedy show The Big Bang Theory. [6][29] On Palpatine's order, Imperial forces launch a massive counterattack against the Rebel fleet with TIE starfighters and Star Destroyer capital ships,[29][30][31] which leads Ackbar to realize that the fleet is heading into a trap. [116] Eventually fans learned Bauersfeld played the parts and he began to receive multiple fan letters every week, which continued for the rest of his life. Lando Calrissian: Han will have that shield down. [9][16][17][20] Ackbar takes detailed notes about what he observed with the hopes of eventually escaping back to his people and using the information against the Empire. [19] In the book, Ackbar serves in a command post in the newly-formed Galactic Alliance government, where he formulates strategies that result in a major victory against the Yuuzhan Vong, the Battle of Ebaq, ultimately helping turn the tide of the war. [1] He was not originally hired to portray Admiral Ackbar, but instead to help build and operate the Sy Snootles puppet for the Max Rebo Band, which performs at the palace of the alien crime lord Jabba the Hutt. [51][52], Although his role in the Star Wars films was relatively brief, Admiral Ackbar became a prominent character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which encompasses all licensed stories in the Star Wars universe outside of the nine main feature films, such as novels, comic books, video games, and television shows. For example, in the novel Aftermath, Ackbar practices with melee weapons against holograms of Imperial stormtroopers. [1] Ackbar also studies various forms of weaponry and fighting,[1] and has strong design skills, made evident by his role in designing the B-wing starfighter. [43], Members of the cast and crew were particularly excited to film a scene with Ackbar. However, it created too many complications with the operation of the puppet head, so it was worn by another Mon Calamari character instead. He was ranked No. Admiral Ackbar was best known for his appearance in the film Return of the Jedi, the final entry in the original Star Wars trilogy. He was popular to both fans and critics for his line "It's a trap!" . [160][161], Ackbar has repeatedly appeared in the Robot Chicken: Star Wars series,[136] most prominently featured in a sketch portraying a commercial for "Admiral Ackbar Cereal", with Ackbar presenting the breakfast cereal to two children and declaring, "Your tongues can't repel flavor of that magnitude! Admiral Ackbar and Teebo Join the Black Series. [6][31][37] The battle is lost, despite the assistance of the Jedi Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, and Kit Fisto. The shield is down! Moff Wilhuff Tarkin parked the Sovereign above Mon Cala and sent ambassador Telvar to negotiate a trade deal with Lee-Char in Dac City. "[46], In the trilogy's second film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Ackbar leads the Resistance as they evacuate their base on D'Qar, and orders the ships to jump to hyperspace to escape the First Order. [84], Ackbar has appeared in several Star Wars video games, starting with the 1993 LucasArts space simulation computer game Star Wars: X-Wing,[85][86] in which he provided military briefings for the pilot character controlled by the player. [145] Ben Sherlock of Screen Rant called the line "one of the most memorable quotes in the saga's history, for reasons that are unknown yet somehow obvious, and it immortalized what could’ve been a forgettable character". Despite limited screen time, the character with a large domed head and fish-like eyes was a definite Star Wars fan favourite. [8][24] Despite his success as a warrior, his actions are usually shown to be tempered by justice, honor, and concern. Lucas was not entirely pleased with the final result of the character in the film and felt it was a compromise. Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. ", "Our cruisers can't repel fire of that … [24], Ackbar is also regularly portrayed as wise,[34] with a noble personality and a quiet but firm temperament. [1][4][111] Marquand said of those concerns: "I think it's good to tell kids that good people aren't necessarily good-looking people and that bad people aren't necessarily ugly people. The First Order ships open fire on the main bridge of the Raddus, causing a massive explosion and blowing all occupants into the vacuum of space. His line "It's a trap!" [112] Star Wars creator George Lucas later decided he should be an alien creature instead, and gave the film's director, Richard Marquand, the option to pick a look for Ackbar from a collection of about 50 alien designs, despite Marquand's initial insistence that Lucas himself make the choice. [16][17][18][19] During this time, Ackbar learns much about both the Empire and military tactics in general, as well as about the Rebel Alliance and the Death Star, a moon-sized superweapon Tarkin is developing at the time. [78], Ackbar retires from military service before the beginning of The New Jedi Order series of Star Wars novels,[2][9] which were first published in 1999 and were set about 25 years after the original trilogy. ", in reference to Ackbar's famous line "It's a trap! In 18 BBY, Raddus was for King Lee-Char's deteriorating negotiations between the newly-formed Galactic Empire and Mon Cala. [8][121] That same issue included a separate list ranking the characters based on an index that accounted for their popularity ranking in proportion to the number of lines they speak in the films, to "take into consideration the amount of dialogue a character had to make an impression on fans". [68][69] In those books, which are set five years after Return of the Jedi, Ackbar is instrumental in working with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Mon Mothma in reestablishing the New Republic and defeating Grand Admiral Thrawn, the new leader of the remaining forces of the Empire. [126] More than 1,000 fan videos have been created on the video-sharing website YouTube featuring or parodying Ackbar and that line of dialogue,[144] including trap music and techno remixes built around it. [9][62] He was a signatory on the formal declaration of the New Republic and one of nine individuals to join the New Republic Provisional Council, the initial governing body of this new form of government. We have no choice General Calrissian, our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude. And yes, here in this cartoon drawing lesson – let’s definitely go … Commence attack on the Death Star's main reactor. And yes, here in this cartoon drawing lesson – let’s definitely go … [80][82] His death, which occurs 29 years after the events of the first Star Wars film,[83] does not occur within the prose of the novel; rather, the characters are notified that his death occurred. Admiral Ackbar, also known as Gial Ackbar, is a fictional commander in the Rebel Alliance in the Star Wars movies. [12] Whitta, who co-wrote the story of the film, said he wanted Ackbar included, but since he was already featured in The Force Awakens, the team behind Rogue One decided the character should not appear in two films released so closely together. Set before the chronological events of Return of the Jedi, the book portrayed Ackbar's secret development of the B-wing starfighters and his efforts to recruit the Verpine, the alien species building the ships, into the Rebel Alliance. His quick thinking and wartime strategy saved the rebels in the Battle of Endor, in which the Rebel Alliance successfully destroyed the second Death Star. In the story, the droid C-3PO obtained information that Ackbar had been imprisoned aboard an Imperial battlecruiser, and the droid worked with fellow Resistance operatives BB-8 and Poe Dameron to infiltrate the ship and rescue him from Captain Phasma. Our favorite space admiral, famous from his memetic lines like "Our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude!" Ackbar is killed, along with everyone else on the bridge except for Leia, who is saved by her use of the Force. He is from the planet Mon Cala,[1][11][12][13] a world almost entirely covered by water, where his species built giant floating cities. They looked down for one second to get a handful of popcorn, and when they looked back up, Ackbar was gone. [1][166][169] Some students went so far as threatening to transfer out of the school if he was chosen, and some prospective parents said they would not let their children attend there. "[48][49] Whitta, who wrote the comic book adaptation, said he was saddened Ackbar died so quickly in the film, so he wanted to give him "a little bit of a moment before he dies". 14 in The Huffington Post's ranking of 93 characters,[80][139] and No. [1][129][130][131] According to Bauersfeld: "I saw the face, and I knew what he must sound like. 21 on IGN's list of the Top 25 Star Wars Heroes. . Maybe I’ll even do 2 versions of the deck, one with an actual useful card. [9][2] He appeared in the book Destiny's Way (2002),[9] and upon his return to military service, the message "Ackbar is back!" Han Solo: "Let me find my pants. [147][169] Lucasfilm ultimately declined to give the school the rights to use the character,[165] and issued a tongue-in-cheek statement about the matter which read: "The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games. Admiral Ackbar. [66][67], Ackbar appeared in the Heir to the Empire trilogy of books written by Timothy Zahn and published from 1991 to 1993, which were widely credited with rejuvenating interest in Star Wars at the time. [56][57][58], Ackbar was a central character in Strike Force: Shantipole, an adventure book for use with the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game released in June 1988 by West End Games. [48][153], The first Admiral Ackbar action figure was released in 1983, the same year as Return of the Jedi. During one passage, Ackbar made an impassioned speech, warning his fellow officials in the newly-formed New Republic that while the Empire suffered a heavy loss with the death of Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the Death Star II, the Empire was still a threat and the war was not yet over. [30][97], Ackbar appeared briefly in the 2017 Star Wars Battlefront II video game developed by EA DICE. "[146] Nate Jones of New York magazine's website Vulture, called the death scene "disrespectful" and "unfathomably rude", and that Ackbar "deserved better than to go out in a throwaway moment". None of these shots ultimately had to be used in the final film. Voice actor Erik Bauersfeld died Sunday at age 93. [61], In the Star Wars novels written between 1991 and 1998,[62] following the events of the Return of the Jedi, Ackbar maintains a key position in the command hierarchy of the Rebel Alliance, as well as that of the New Republic, the government established to replace the Empire. [92][93], Ackbar appeared in Aftermath's two sequel books, Life Debt (2016) and Empire's End (2017), also written by Wendig. He was assigned along with Anakin Skywalker to protect the prince from the CIS. "[152] In the Last Jedi episode of the comedic animated webseries How It Should Have Ended, which parodies and reimagines aspects of popular films, Ackbar's character survives the bridge attack after claiming he has to go to the bathroom at the time the bridge is shot, and he assumes control of the Resistance afterward. Admiral Ackbar. [1][70] Ackbar plans a raid against Thrawn on the planet Bilbringi, seeking to severely damage the Grand Admiral's shipbuilding capability and steal Imperial technology. They created a whole series of characters, and they had these roles they needed filled. We've got to give those fighters more time. [20], Admiral Ackbar was the first non-human character shown in a leadership position in the Star Wars films. It's the Boba Fett phenomenon, where you've got a character who doesn't really do a lot, but is so beloved that it eventually spreads outside the realm of fandom. [9] Ackbar returns to the Mon Calamari people and, after leading them through numerous conflicts,[9] convinces them to formally support the Rebel cause, bringing with them the massive Mon Calamari cruisers that drastically improves the strength of the Rebel fleet. . Status: Admiral Ackbar is mostly an all-new kit-bashed figure that utilizes the forearms and hands of the figure from 2017’s TBS [P3] Admiral Ackbar/First Order Officer Toys R Us exclusive set. When audiences first heard Admiral Ackbar's "It's a trap!" This clue was last seen on Daily POP Crosswords, October 31 2019. [1] In the comic, Ackbar was portrayed as the leader of the Mon Calamari,[1][2][6] an alien species of fish-like, amphibious humanoids with salmon-colored skin, webbed hands, high-domed heads, and large fish-like eyes,[7][8] and who can breathe both on land and underwater. [13], Erik Bauersfeld said of the line: "The fans who write say they'll never forget 'It's a trap!' The game is set shortly after the events of the first Star Wars film, and Ackbar has a rank of Captain. [76] In those novels, Ackbar's personal starfighter crashes on the planet of Vortex in an incident that kills numerous innocent aliens and nearly kills Ackbar himself. SORRY is an admittedly weak card and poor fit in a deck where Wedge has such a key role, but “Sorry!” is an iconic line among my playing group so I feel like I have to include it. Admiral Ackbar was a hero. [164], In 2010, when the University of Mississippi began a process to find a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb,[13][165][166] students Matthew Henry, Tyler Craft, Joseph Katool, and Ben McMurtray started a campaign to have Admiral Ackbar selected. [129] Bauersfeld said he appreciated the passion of fans and responded to every autograph request, but that he was not particularly knowledgeable about Star Wars himself; in 2011 interview, he said he had not seen Return of the Jedi since it first came out, still had not seen the first Star Wars film, and had trouble imitating Ackbar's voice because he could not remember what it sounded like. "[38], Admiral Ackbar appeared in the first two films of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which were distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. [31][47] Although Ackbar had no lines of dialogue during his death scene in the film, the comic book adaptation of The Last Jedi revealed that his last words were: "Torpedoes inbound. Admiral Ackbar's line, "It's a trap! All craft, prepare to jump into hyperspace on my mark! Although the weapon systems on this Death Star are not yet operational, the Death Star does have a strong defence mechanism. . [1][53] The line did not appear in the original script for Return of the Jedi, and instead was first written as "It's a trick! [18], Dave Filoni, supervising director on The Clone Wars, said he had planned on featuring Ackbar in the series since the second season due to the character's relevance to the original trilogy, and because he was old enough in those films to have been alive when The Clone Wars was set. Dave Filoni, a Lucasfilm animation producer who has worked on several Star Wars television shows, said of the character: "Ackbar has a crazy level of fame for the amount of time he's spent onscreen. [141][142][143], Admiral Ackbar's line, "It's a trap! [1][150] Additionally, a smartphone app was developed with the sole purpose of playing Ackbar's "It's a trap!" He was more military. Pretty neat. [9][65] Before his death, Zsinj brainwashes several aliens and forces them to make assassination attempts against several high-profile Rebel leaders, including Ackbar. . "[1][13][147] A black bear was instead chosen as the new mascot.[1][13]. crossword clue. No matter what he says, it's always funny. Ackbar set a trap for the Empire by luring their aerial landing platforms closer to the planet, then firing special undetectable missiles at them once they were in range. [1], Ackbar's backstory was not explained in Return of the Jedi, but has been established in Star Wars books and other media since the film was released. [8][35][48][53][125][130] Dave Filoni, a Lucasfilm animation producer who has worked on several Star Wars television shows, said of the character: "Ackbar has a crazy level of fame for the amount of time he's spent onscreen. [62][63] Ackbar is part of the many mop-up operations that targets the Empire's dwindling territories,[9] including the defeat of Grand Admiral Peccati Syn during the liberation of the Wookiee planet Kashyyyk,[64] and the defeat of Imperial warlord Zsinj. Nevertheless, he is considered a fan favorite among Star Wars characters, and was ranked No. Each day he was provided with pages from the script only for the specific scenes that were being shot, so he knew little about the final role Ackbar would play in the films until shooting took place. In Life Debt, Ackbar led the successful assault against Kuat Drive Yards, a major starship manufacturer that had previously been supplying the Empire. [99][100] Terrio was a fan of Admiral Ackbar and said he "went into mourning a bit" when the character was killed. I think he ended up commanding the troops not so much because of my performance, but because of his look. [105], Ackbar is portrayed as a military genius,[8][106] with a masterful grasp of warfare tactics and strategy,[1][8][9][30][107] a forward-thinking vision,[24] and a prowess for organizational, administrative, and technical details that make him a highly effective commander. [53] As a result, Ackbar has two separate storylines and character histories outside of the feature films: one in the Legends canon encompassing all Star Wars media before April 2014, and one in the official Disney canon for all media after April 2014. . . line, few would have predicted how large of a pop culture touchstone it would become. [124] According to the book Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, published in 2014, the original masks used for the Ackbar costumes are "in a fragile state today. "[4][111], Ackbar's first name, Gial, was not established until the April 2012 release of the Star Wars reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare. [8] Chernoff added that Ackbar performer Timothy Rose was one of the most-requested subjects by readers for his magazine column interviewing Star Wars actors. [19], Scott Chernoff, a writer for Star Wars Insider, called Ackbar's character "one of the most visually striking and memorable characters introduced in the final installment of the saga". ", but it was changed in post-production after the filmmakers decided it was not as effective a line as they had originally hoped. 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