According to an interview with creator George Lucas, the inspiration for the Wookiee was Lucas’ dog, Indiana (whose name is used in the Lucas-inspired Indiana Jones movies). “He was the prototype for the Wookiee. He always sat beside me in the car. He was big, a big bear of a dog.” During the climactic chase scene in THX 1138, one of the robotic cops, voiced by actor Terry McGovern, says: “I think I ran over a Wookiee back there”, and thus the word was born. Continue reading for more.