Coming off of the prequels, The Force Awakens was guaranteed to tread more cautiously than Bruce Banner's trembling proctologist. Luckily for them, the bar was already so ridiculously low that all they had to do was feature real locations, props, and creatures instead of some green-tarped dungeon under Skywalker Ranch. That's seriously all it took.
"More pig noses; the Internet likes bacon. Maybe a cat droid. We can't fuck up on this one."
Sure beats wrestling a Bantha costume onto a pissed-off elephant.