Excellent Short Doc on the Complex Puppetry Inside Jabba the Hutt
"He was entirely alien, and hopefully people aren't aware of how he's being operated." This is an exciting year for Star Wars, with a brand new trilogy and the characters we all grew up with. One of everyone's favorite characters is Jabba the Hutt, and we all know he was an impressive puppet creation designed by Phil Tippett, but how exactly did he work? Well, Jabba required three puppeteers inside and three others operating various parts, from the smoke to his breathing. The man behind some fantastic "filmumentaries", Jamie Benning, has put together a new video called Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth - Life Inside Jabba the Hutt (love this title) and it's an excellent 20-min short doc on the operation of Jabba. Dive in.
Below is an image tweeted out by Jamie Benning showing an accurate depiction of the puppeteers inside:
— Jamie Benning (@jamieswb) February 7, 2015
Description from Vimeo of the short doc: "After interviewing puppeteer Toby Philpott at great length over Skype I decided to go a step further and create a mini documentary about his work on Jabba the Hutt for Return of the Jedi. This led me down many paths. Here is the result." This new "filmumentary" is the latest creation of Jamie Benning, who you can also follow on Twitter @jamieswb or support through Patreon. Benning has been producing feature-length documentaries on the making of some of our favorite films, including Inside Jaws and Raiding the Lost Ark. We're happy he keeps making more of these, as we'll keep watching them since they're so well-researched and so fascinating. For more docs, visit his official website.