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Old 12-21-2013, 12:07 PM   #89
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As we're speculating on how it happened, the out-of-universe reason is that Lucas wanted his movie to be taken "seriously" as sci-fi action and not just a "kiddie" flick, so he threw in some burning skeletons to guarentee a "PG" rating (no PG-13 existed at the time). Skeletons are cheaper to pull off convincingly than gore makeup and say "atrocity" pretty easily to show the Empire as evil.

PLUS, he was going for another film homage to "The Searchers" (a classic John Ford western he referenced again in Episode II as Anakin massacres the Tuskens). Lots of people know that Lucas was inspired by Kurosawa and WWII movies, but they're not the only sources for "Star Wars."


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