10 Most Iconic Movie Puppets of the ’80s


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The eighties were filled with TV shows, bands and films that hold a special place in our nostalgic hearts. The hilarious, family-friendly antics of The Cosby Show’s Huxtables were one of the biggest draws on TV. The power ballads and anthems of rockers Boston and Journey climbed the charts, and movies were filled with awesomely bizarre-looking animated puppets, a far cry from today’s much more polished – but arguably characterless – CGI creations. Back then, everyone from Steven Spielberg to James Cameron used the now somewhat lost art of puppetry heavily in their films, resulting in some of the most unforgettable movie characters of all time. Here’s a look back at ten iconic ‘80s movie puppets that are forever etched in memory.

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10. Jabba the Hutt – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Slug-like intergalactic crime lord Jabba the Hutt is quite possibly one of the grossest space creatures in film history. The hedonistic, slave girl-loving gambler with a taste for torture first showed up in the 1983 Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi. In the movie, he famously makes Princess Leia dress in a bikini that would go on to appear in nerd fantasies for decades. Off camera, however, Hutt was actually an enormous, complex puppet that literally weighed a ton and needed three puppeteers to operate. In perhaps one of the least flattering tributes ever, costume designer Nilos Rodis-Jamero said that his vision of Jabba the Hutt was based on an older Orson Welles.

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