Darth Vader Becomes the Main Actor in Star Wars Shadow Puppet
Darth Vader Becomes the Main Actor in Star Wars Shadow Puppet
What is Darth Vader doing in the shadow puppetry?
21 Oct 2021
Darth Vader, Princess Leia in Star Wars shadow puppets
Darth Vader, Princess Leia in Star Wars shadow puppets

Shadow puppets, or wayang kulit have been performed in Malaysia for the last 500 years. So what is Darth Vader doing in it?

The puppeteer and puppet designer, Tintoy Chuo, is a Star Wars fan. To realize his hobby, Tintoy Chuo designs shadow puppet using “Star Wars” characters such as Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to attract audiences to the ancient art of shadow puppets. "We will take the audience to the Galaxy Far Far Away, through the ancient art of wayang kulit," said Tintoy Chuo.

Tintoy Chuo, performing with the "Star Wars" shadow puppet /
Tintoy Chuo, performing with the "Star Wars" shadow puppet / ig fusionwayangkulit

To bring his shadow puppet designs to life, Tintoy Chuo has a partner who is the 13th generation Master Dalang Wayang, Muhammad Dain bin Othman, otherwise known as Mr. Dain. "The first time I watched Mr. Dain's show, I was completely blown away. That's why I think he is so important to our wayang kulit modernization movement", says Tintoy Chuo.

Mr Dain, demonstrates his shadow puppet skills with Star Wars characters
Mr Dain, demonstrates his shadow puppet skills with Star Wars characters

Some of the important characters in this Star Wars shadow puppet show are familiar if you have watched the Star Wars films, including Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2-D2 robots, and Stormtrooper troops.

Shadow puppet version of Darth Vader
Shadow puppet version of Darth Vader
Shadow puppet version of Princess Leia
Shadow puppet version of Princess Leia
Shadow puppet version of R2-D2
Shadow puppet version of R2-D2
Shadow puppet version of Stormtrooper
Shadow puppet version of Stormtrooper

Reference: Facebook FusionWayangKulit, ig FusionWayangKulit