ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Now, when it comes to speculating about which classic Star Wars characters from the original trilogy we'll see on screen in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there are a few leading candidates. It's hard, for instance, not to suspect that Billy Dee Williams' suggestions that he hasn't been asked to appear are actually a smokescreen for a surprise cameo - and an appearance from one of the Star Wars universe's many beloved bounty hunters seems entirely plausible (IG-88, anyone?). There's even talk of Darth Vader making an appearance via flashback.

One character we most likely won't be seeing, though, is Jabba the Hutt, seeing as the last time he appeared on screen, he was being strangled to death by Princess Leia.

Poor ol' slug-monster...
Poor ol' slug-monster...

And yet, he still remains one of the most iconic and beloved characters in Star Wars history - despite that whole CGI monstrosity business from the Special Edition...

Just...no.
Just...no.

So, y'know what'd be really awesome? A documentary all about how in the heck the makers of Return of the Jedi managed to make a puppet look as awesome as Jabba did when we were kids (and still does, if you ask me...).

And would you look at that? As if by magic, filmmaker Jamie Benning has just released Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth - Life Inside Jabba the Hutt, a truly fantastic look behind the scenes of Jabba's creation and on-screen appearance.

You can watch it in full below, but here are a few of my personal highlights...

There Were a Whole Lot of People Inside Jabba...

And, by a whole lot, I mean he was practically filled to bursting with puppeteers. Including in the tail...

...And a Whole Lot More Operating Him

There were, after all, upwards of four or five people working on making him look as real as humanly (Hutt-ily?) possible...

Plus...

It Was a Tight Squeeze

As the puppeteers themselves reveal above, even at the early design stage, he was never anything other than a tight fit.

Though, that being said...

Jabba Always Looked Awesome

Even way before anyone had gotten around to actually painting him...

Though, He Got Way More Awesome on Screen

Especially since, as it turns out, there was a heck of a lot of work going in to just making those arm, eye and mouth movements synchronize...

And, possibly best of all?

His Tongue Was Inflated for THAT Scene

Which (since it had to be inflated to allow the puppeteers more control over the rest of his body) explains A LOT - and makes the whole thing a lot less Freudian...

You can check out the rest of the video for yourself, though, right here...

What do you guys think, though? Is there anything awesome in the documentary that I missed - and are there any other awesome Star Wars videos out there we need to see?

via Gizmodo

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