Filmmaker Jamie Benning
created this short about the fascinating creation of of Star Wars’ most infamous (and my favorite) character.
He interviewed puppeteer Toby Philpott, one of the three men who crawled inside the Hutt to bring him to life. Benning’s 20 minute documentary brings together Philpott’s words with concept sketches and behind-the-scenes footage. “Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth – Life Inside Jabba the Hutt”
is entrancing. It’s fascinating to see the various methods used to make Jabba come to life.
To whet your pallet, here’s a few screen captures of the early concepts from the film:
The puppeteers positions
A claymated test
I want this model for my collection
I assume they both have a Kung Fu Grip
At any given moment there were as many as 5 people inside and 2 or 3 more outside working remote controls.
The first item in my Jabba/Leia collection was Avon Bubble Bath that I found at a thrift store. (I thought it ironic that Avon thought that children bathing in the liquid contents of a beast who liked to feed slavegirls to his rancor was a good idea)
Here are some captures of the mechanical aspects of what into bringing him to life.
And, for purely gratuitous purposes, here’s some pictures of Princess Leia:
Getting to know him
Geting over on him
And, playing breath games with her fella:
Getting ready to choke him
Getting to kill him
And here’s Carrie Fisher speaking candidly about her slug-ish costar:
And, as a footnote, here’s some more Star Wars stuff:
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