Friday, 15 September 2023


Two of film's greatest visionaries and pioneers in monster creation, from the UK and US - Stuart Freeborn and Phil Tippett - combine forces beautifully to create a splendid menagerie of grotesques for the memorable opening to Return of the Jedi, set within Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine. And there's no greater and monumental grotesque than Jabba himself, specially built as an incredible feat of puppet engineering by Freeborn and his team at Elstree Studios. 

Two great behind the scenes images presumably taken either during the creatures dress rehearsal day at Elstree on 16th January, 1982, or possibly on 23rd January, or at the end of filming on the sequence by early February, 1982.

New British and American created aliens (plus re-used previous aliens created by Freeborn for the original Star Wars) gather for this memorable posed imagery. 

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