“It was like a giant switch was thrown overnight,” Ed Catmull says about Jurassic Park’s effect on Hollywood. CG began to spread everywhere, with movies being green-lit on the strength of a single test shot. Projects once thought impossible became possible—and, for Lucas, that meant his long-imagined but never-realized Star Wars prequels.
[George] Lucas: “I never thought I’d do the Star Wars prequels, because there was no real way I could get Yoda to fight. There was no way I could go over Coruscant, this giant city-planet. But once you had digital, there was no end to what you could do.”
Alex French and Howie Kahn, “Inside the Magic Factory”, Wired (June 2015), 104.