Jabba the Hutt is a large, slug-like alien who appears in George Lucas's space opera film saga Star Wars. His appearance has been described by film critic Roger Ebert as 'Dickensian', a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat. Jabba is mentioned in Star Wars (1977) and later in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), where he was referred to as a ruthless gangster who had a bounty on Han Solo, who owed him money for dumping an illegal cargo. When A New Hope was re-released in 1997, Jabba was included in a scene that had been cut out of the original film, further developed by computer-generated imagery. Jabba appeared in the third film, Return of the Jedi (1983), in which he was depicted by means of a complex animatronic puppet.
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