I have a Star Wars minutia question.

In an early version of the screenplay for the first film there were "anteater-like creatures" on the streets of Mos Eisley on Tatooine. From the "third draft, August 1, 1975" [link]

... Several robots 
guide a small herd of anteaters down the street.

In the "revised fourth draft screenplay, March 15, 1976" [link], dated shortly before the start of principal photography on March 22, 1976:

Ben and Luke leave the speeder-lot and walk down the dusty
alleyway past a small robot herding a bunch of anteater-like

And in the novelization, presumably based on that fourth draft screenplay:

Leaving the main street, they turned down an alleyway and walked past a small robot herding along a clutch of creatures resembling attenuated anteaters.

The "anteaters" seemingly did not make it to being built or filmed, but their removal must have been a late cut. Other obscure details in this scene mentioned in the "revised fourth draft" screenplay did make it to film, including the landspeeder dealer w/ an "insect-like" head and the tall, "spindly legged beast" that walks past the camera in the foreground.

My question: have any concept drawings or mockups for the herding droid and/or anteaters come to light? Is there anything unattributed from the production of the orignal Star Wars that might fit this description? Any behind-the-scenes mention of this?

Caveat, I don't actually know for sure if the dates or specific text of the screenplays linked above are correct, but they look credible.

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  • I wonder if these scenes ended up in the special editions version... the anteaters could be the kangaroo mouse like creature seen at about 19seconds into this clip... youtube.com/watch?v=gDcP51tRWX8
    – skyjack
    Sep 22 at 4:54
  • @skyjack, it's possible, but seems unlikely. According to this link, those creatures were designed for the 1997 Special Edition by TyRuben Ellingson.
    – dlh
    Sep 22 at 5:09
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    Is no-one going to comment "Funnily enough, a bit like anteaters"? What are we even doing, people. Sep 22 at 10:27
  • 2
    Confirmed that the creatures are mentioned in the script draft in The Art of Star Wars: Special Edition, but without accompanying concept art.
    – Milo P
    2 days ago


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