Shortly after Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, fans were surprised to find out that comedians Bill Hader and Ben Shwartz helped bring the small ball droid to life by providing its voice. Today, we get to look at how that process came to shake out. The clip is from a new featurette that is included on the Collector's Edition Blu-ray, which is in stories now. The clip debuted on the official Star Wars Twitter.
"BB-8 speaks in "Sounds of the Resistance," from Star Wars #TheForceAwakens Collector's Edition."
Both Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader served as 'voice consultants' on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though it appears that they came in at different times to work on BB-8's unique communication skills, instead of making it a collaborative process.The droid speaks in a series of beeps, boops and other robot noises familiar to the Star Wars universe. And this is where the challenge lies in bringing the droid to life.
This clip is from the Sounds of Resistance documentary that is included on the Blu-ray. And it shows how Ben Schwartz was actually the first one invited in to help provide a sound for BB-8. He spoke his words in English from a script, which were later dubbed by sound effects. This helped the animators and sound design team with their baseline on the droid.
Bill Hader came in latter to provide actual sound effects for BB-8 using his voice. This was meshed with Ben Schwartz's work, and helped complete BB-8's personality. In the clip, it becomes more clear how the team was able to create a new scene stealer who is now beloved by Star Wars fans around the world.
The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray collector's edition is chock full of special features and even delivers quite a few new deleted scenes that weren't included in the original Blu-ray release. The overall set offers a deep dive into the blockbuster sequel, providing new insight. Including the fact that a lot of BB-8's final scenes were done in reshoots. This Blu-ray is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.