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Life Inside Jabba the Hutt

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Documentary filmmaker Jamie Benning has made films on Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as three others on the Star Wars original trilogy. This film is a 20-minute long mini-documentary entitled Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth: Life Inside Jabba the Hutt.

With interviews of Jabba's primary puppeteer Toby Philpott, the film traces Jabba's "life" after his initial creation as one of the most expensive puppets ever made. Interviews are interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage of Return of the Jedi that show how Jabba's movements were accomplished. Viewers are also treated to anecdotes such as the following:

"George Lucas wasn't as impressed by [Jabba]. I think he would have liked to have done it by CGI, even then, but the technology wasn't there yet, and I'm not sure he was entirely convinced by a three-dimensional puppet. He wasn't satisfied that Jabba couldn't walk around for instance, where I quite like that fact that he obviously was a gigantic slug who rarely goes anywhere and when he does, people carry him, I guess."

-Via Gizmodo


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