Before the advent of CGI, and before Kirstie Alley ballooned to the size of a Volvo, the only way to truly bring Jabba the Hutt to life was through a gigantic puppet. Complete with animatronic eyes and tongue, the large Jabba puppet was also hollowed out so a few midgets could fit inside to work the tail. As simple as this puppet may look, it was a large, complicated beast that quickly became one of the highlights of an otherwise hokey looking film.

In the prequels, and in the Star Wars special editions, Jabba and the other Hutts have been created via CGI, thanks to ILM. Despite having decades of innovation to work with, these never quite lived up to the hollowed-out animatronic puppet that was stuffed with midgets.