Hello dear members.
Many of us have known that during the making of ‘Return of the Jedi’ one of the special effects artists, Ken Ralston, placed a sneaker as an easter egg within the Battle of Endor. For many years, fans have been trying to figure out where - and if - one can see this shoe. So far there has been no notice.
The YouTuber EC Henry claims to have found the shoe in one of the shots (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyomUOwLBpA). But he admits himself during the video, that the model he found may look like a shoe, but not like a tennis shoe - as stated by one of the special effects guys. It looks more like a slipper.
I have my doubt about this conclusion that this has to be the tennis shoe easter egg. The problem with the new releases of ‘Return of the Jedi’ is that they denoised the hell out of the movies for the newer blu-rays, streaming and 4k versions of the movies.
I recently saw the teaser from a complete scan of an original 35mm print. And immediately my eyes catched something:
Are you seeing it? Let’s take a closer look with a little help from me:
Let’s zoom in one more time:
It is still blurried, but this looks more like a tennis shoe/sneaker from the 80s.
And it became clear to me why the fans couldn’t find this easter egg for years - simply because the newer ROTJ releases have this and a few other models removed from this shot:
Of course this isn’t a 100% confirmation, but I think it is at least a little closer to the real thing.