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Phil Tippett Shares The Hilarious Origin Of Salacious Crumb’s Name

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 27: (L-R) Ron Howard, Lynwen Brennan, Phil Tippett, Rose Duignan, Joe Johnston and Dennis Muren attend a press conference for “Light & Magic” at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 27, 2022. The ILM documentary series premieres exclusively on Disney+ July 27, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Fans will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how movie magic is made when Light & Magic, the Disney+ docuseries about Industrial Light & Magic, launches on July 27, 2022. Filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan journeyed back to the beginning of the George Lucas-founded special effects company and interviewed some of the most legendary filmmakers in Hollywood history.

Who is Phil Tippett?

Phil Tippet is one of the film legends interviewed by Kasdan for the series. The movie director, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor, and producer made his name specializing in creature design, stop-motion, and computerized character animation. Star Wars fans will recognize many of his contributions to the franchise, including the miniature chess scene in the original film. That was the project that brought him to ILM in 1975.

Salacious B. Crumb ©Star Wars/Lucasfilm

Another legacy he created for the Star Wars Universe? The name of Salacious B. Crumb, Jabba the Hutt’s tiny sidekick. Like so many good ideas, this one came after too many beers at a Mexican restaurant.

While the Salacious origin story may or may not be in Light & Magic, there will be tons of new stories to hear when the series premieres exclusively on Disney+ on July 27.

About Light & Magic

Granted unparalleled access, Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan takes viewers on an adventure behind the curtains of Industrial Light & Magic, the special visual effects, animation and virtual production division of Lucasfilm. Learn what inspired some of the most legendary filmmakers in Hollywood history, and follow their stories from their earliest personal films to bringing George Lucas’ vision to life.

The series is directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and the executive producers are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Justin Wilkes, Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan.

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