Meet the Puppet Master Who Helped Bring ‘Star Wars’ to Life

Great Big Story chats with British puppeteer David Barclay about his role in helping to bring iconic animatronic characters Yoda and Jabba the Hut to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

“He was inside Jabba the Hut in Return of the Jedi, helped make The Muppets come alive and has been pulling the strings on Yoda since he was 19 years old. Meet Dave Barclay, the puppet master, builder and animatronic supervisor responsible for some of your favorite characters on film and TV. He started his career as an assistant puppeteer for Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back under legendary puppeteer Frank Oz. Today, he’s the chief puppeteer responsible for Jabba the Hut, taking your favorite Star Wars characters from words on a page to a galaxy far, far away.”

Previously: The German Castle That Inspired Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’