Dad Photoshops Family Trip Photos to Convince His Kids that Ewoks Exist

It’s a big no-no when newspapers or photographers manipulate photos to alter reality, but when a father playfully does it to mess with his kids there’s a big potential for awesome. Graphic designer Anthony Herrera recently did just that, and his story is now making the rounds on the Internet:

A year ago we took a trip to Sequoia National Park. I wanted to excite my daughter while being in such amazing surroundings. Being the Star Wars geek that I am (so is she), I told her that this is where the Ewoks live. She spent a good chunk of our time hiking keeping a lookout for any Ewoks. Coming home I can’t say that she wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t find any. I had to explain that they are extremely shy and hardly ever let anyone see them. After we got home, and after I had a little time alone with the photos, I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures. We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image. You can imagine how surprised and excited she was when we discovered that we didn’t see any Ewoks, but they saw us, and had certainly taken an interest in her and her little brother. Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care. She’ll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

Now if he had done this to show Santa sneaking around the house, that’d be pretty creepy.

(via Anthony Herrera Designs via Wired via Gizmodo)

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  • Jan

    you gotto mess with people! ;-)

  • Feb

    now she’s gonna tell her friends about this “ewoks” and they’ll think she’s crazy.

    way to go dad!

  • Brian Mull

    That’s hilarious. It’s like finding Waldo.

  • Melo

    As long as its not Santa.

  • sigh

    Wow thats a great way to scare kids into insanity

  • Wing Wong

    Kinda awesome… I’m sure the therapy bills they acquire later on in life is worth the fatherly lulz. This isn’t a bash on the fun, just that the letting down part of this story will take a gentle touch is all. :)

  • Qqqqqqqqqqqqq

    Why would someone ever have to fake a santa photograph, everyone knows he is real. Isn’t he???

  • Christian Rudman

    Fo freakin awesome. Like it’s any worse than letting them believe in the easter bunny. You just get to see the kid realize later in life that Ewoks are just in Lucas’ head and the movies, not the woods creepin on you.

  • DDW Calgary

    There is a small period in life where anything is possible. Eventually reality sets in and as adults we become boxed in by rationalism. It’s wonderful that these kids get to experience fantasy in this way. Too many parents rob this from their kids much too early in life. 

  • Anonymous

    What an awesome Dad, with maybe a bit too much time on his hands.

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  • Danny Lewin

    That’s fucked up, man.

  • Danny Lewin

    That’s fucked up, man.

  • Xellricks_acidtron

    thats awesome :)  see anything can exist if we think it

  • Anonymous

    nice grammer

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  • Shipra

    you said it Calgary…i wish i cud do something similar for my going  to now…

  • C3

    gag between father and daughter = priceless.
    gag between daughter and internetz masses = expensive therapy untill 30.

  • ladyluna55

    I think it’s awesome! That Dad took the time to make sure this vacation is one his daughter will remember forever! What’s the difference in a fantasy story that involved ewok’s, or a fantasy that involved 7 dwarfs?

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  • James Theobald

    don’t worry, it is possible to go back to that mind state of wonder that a child possesses, while fully embracing ‘reality’ whatever that may be for you. adulthood is not necessarily synonymous with the doldrums…

  • Supermiffy

    Now thatis a super cool dad!

  • Ali Zaidi

    hahaha…. well said!!!  ‘Cuz then you got her for LIFE !! hahaha

  • Thisbear

    Enough of the therapy bit already.  How many people who grew up with the Brothers Grimm tales (and drawings, pre-photoshop and Internet) needed therapy as a result of those stories?  What about Disney movies?  I have a sister who, to this day believes that Bambi should have been censored for its scary bits, but it is a perspective, she’s not in therapy over it.  So photoshop’s unreality isn’t that different from fairy tales, Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter.   

  • Evermumteaches

    ahh dont worry, someone will show this page to them

  • Sebastián Soto

    Easter bunny, Santa Claus, Jesus…

  • Benzene

    Yeah!, lying to kids is cool!

  • Comp1337e

    This is awesome.  I have to do this to my great-nieces. :D

  • velola

    Who can proof these pictures are photoshopped at all???

  • Choo

    now the entire world is on into the joke, and she’s the only one who doesn’t know. boohoohoo!

  • ADii Deth Rockr Ibrahim

     hahaha! cool dad… ;p

  • zaidi maarof

    i can tell that she might end up in some mental asylums one day….well done! now the joke is on you daddy!

    she must be so devastated when she finds out the truth…

  • zaidi maarof

    hope you daughter friends’ parents wont find out, or u’ll be completely doomed…when she goes to school… “hey my mom saw your dad pull a prank you on the internet…cool…” hahaha….

  • Picturethatphotography

    omg. i wonder who actually writing those stupid comments about therapy has even got kids…we lie to our kids everyday, being it about the easter bunny, santa or a bloody ewok in a photo. are those photos of little girls dressing up as fairys against a green screen with butterflys and other little fairys about not lying. get over it.. its a wonderful story and im sure that in years to come she will be laughing down the pub with her mates about how crazy her dad is and how much he loves her to do that… bloody do gooders shit me.

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  • Diogenes_mcworthless

    Oooh.  Look at me: I’m so ‘edgy’!!

  • Ronchris

    Che, Castro, Chavez, Marx, Obama…

  • ReverendKirdneh

    This is a positive example of an early Operation Mindfuck. :)

  • Julie

    This is sweet and I’m sure she will love it when she grows up. Ignore all the cynicals here. 

  • idiotsallaround

    Did you even have to comment?

  • komradtombstone

    As always the killjoys have to ruin everything by adding their two cents that no one wanted in the first place. I really wish sites like this would monitor the posts and censor, yes censor, the jerks and losers who feel the need to flood every fun and interesting post with their hopeless negativity. I move that this post be closed for comments now. So this obviously awesome Dad is the devil to you because he’s having a little harmless fun and making the adventure even that much more memorable for his kids? Oh that’s right, the devil doesn’t exist either… ‘Oh, these poor kids – they’re gonna need therapy…’ I got news for you weirdos, if you think that telling stories and fairytales and such to your kids is the same as “lying,” then YOU’RE the ones who need therapy. For thousands of generations, children have been told stories and legends, and I highly doubt that any of them turned out deranged because of it. Some of you people must’ve had pretty lame childhoods and are jealous – that’s why you post such hurtful bile.

  • Lazarus