Guest Announcement: John Celestri, Nelvana Animator & Boba Fett Designer
We’re delighted to announce our first celebrity guest for our vintage Star Wars focussed convention, John Celestri!
As the Directing Animator for Nelvana, John was responsible for designing and illustrating Boba Fett’s iconic first appearance in the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Nelvana, located in Toronto, was the animation studio personally selected be George Lucas to develop the cartoon for the Holiday Special. The only reference for Fett was the infamous fitting test video of the white, prototype costume and some art direction from George himself. John brought the character to life, planting the seed for many Mandos to come. John’s extensive animation resume includes He-Man, She-Ra, BraveStarr, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Dragon’s Lair.
Celestri will be part of a panel exploring the Nelvana connection to the Star Wars universe, which also includes the DROIDS and EWOKS cartoon series and will be available for autographs.