other film work
Toby's other film work
Toby Philpott contributed to six films as an animatronic puppeteer - during the 1980s
I was lucky enough to take the skills and fitness acquired through several years work as an acrobat, juggler and magician, and re-apply them to a new and exciting field.
Animatronics were still being done the hard way (often several puppeteers would operate a single creature).
Technical advance means that a lot of this work can now be done by one (computer assisted) operator, or can even be done purely as cgi.
They don't need me any more - how long before the live actors get simulated, too? After all, the stuntmen are already being done (but I still prefer Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan).
All the films I worked on were experimenting with what were state-of-the-art methods at the time.
To hear how I got into film work, go to Habidabad's Dark Crystal website and read an extended interview, mainly about The Dark Crystal, but also touching on my later film work.
Also, here are some other online interviews focused on Jabba.
(leaves and tendrils for Audrey II)
I have not been able to attribute copyright to every photo I found on the web, but I welcome any corrections: Dark Crystal and Labyrinth were copyright Henson Associates, Inc; Roger Rabbit and all related items are copyright of The Walt Disney Company and Amblin Pictures; Return of the Jedi ©1983, 2000 Lucasfilm Ltd
Email me about any of my film stuff at
and I'll get back to you as soon as I can
(Unless I'm in a REALLY bad mood...ho ho ho)