Based on various legends that sailors used tell on the high-seas, Davy Jones was a purely disgusting creature, crafted with soaking wet perfection by Industrial Light & Magic. Sporting his trademark tentacle beard, Jones was a slimey CGI landmark, wrapped around the brilliant motion capture performance of Bill Nighy.

The most surprising aspect of Davy Jones is that while he’s a full-fledged fantasy character, he’s still nearly photorealistic. The texture and movement of each tentacle is so believable that it’s surprising for some people to learn that absolutely none of it was real.

When George Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic back in 1975, no one expected the company to survive after Star Wars, which everyone was convinced would be a huge financial train wreck. Yet over 30 years later, they were responsible for one of the most complicated and convincing animated characters ever put on film.