Fascinated you will be: The puppetry of Star Wars

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[Puppeteer David Barclay], who adored puppetry since childhood, studied under the legendary Frank Oz and assisted with the Yoda character. When Oz needed to go work on another project, he gave the job to Barclay, who would go on to seamlessly recreate Yoda. Barclay also operated and voiced Jabba the Hut, who accidentally got a little fresh with actress Carrie Fisher. (Laughing Squid)

Like any great franchise, a huge amount of effort has gone into the Star Wars films, which are blockbusters in the very best sense of the word.

The things with blockbusters though is that they can be so big and epic that you miss the smaller behind-the-scenes stories that add so much enrichment to your enjoyment of the films.

In this instalment from Great Big Story, we meet David Barclay a talented puppeteer who played a key role in bring both Yoda and Jabba the Hutt to life, roles which came, as you might expect, with some pretty cool anecdotes such as the time he got a little to up close and personal with Princess Leia.

Barclay’s enthusiasm for his craft is palpable and you will find yourself drawn into this short, exquisitely well-made mini-documentary which gives a profoundly interesting look behind the Star Wars curtain.


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