Rancors were large semi-sentient reptilian carnivores native to the planet Dathomir. Standing around five meters tall, with their long arms, immense jaws, and armored hides that could withstand blaster fire, they were formidable predators. A subspecies known as the jungle rancor populated the planets Felucia and Teth.
A rancor, named Pateesa, was kept as a pet by Jabba the Hutt in a pit below his palace court, to which he fed any who displeased him. The beast was killed by Luke Skywalker, after which its human handler could be seen mourning its death.
Behind the scenesEdit
The concept for the rancor in Return of the Jedi was described by its creators as "a cross between a bear and a potato." It was first to be played by an actor in a suit, but no one was satisfied with the results. The rancor was then made as a rod-operated puppet, filmed with a high-speed camera to slow its movements down to give the illusion of a much larger creature.
A combination of matte painting, cartoon rotoscoping, and CG elements were added around the creation to make it look bigger and more menacing. Some of these changes were later omitted or replaced with CG effects in the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy.
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Padawan Lost" (Head only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Wookiee Hunt" (Head only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue" (Costume)
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape (Mentioned only)
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest (Appears as a corpse)
- Lords of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Tarkin (Mentioned only)
- Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice (Mentioned only)
- The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 6: Vader, Part VI (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 21: End of Games, Part II
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 22: End of Games, Part III
- Star Wars: Commander
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD
- Star Wars: Uprising (Appears as a corpse)
- Aftermath: Life Debt (Mentioned only)
- Bloodline (Mentioned only)
- "Bait"—Star Wars Insider 162 (Mentioned only)
- Before the Awakening (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I (Head only)
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Star Wars: Card Trader
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Aftermath: Life Debt
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- ↑ Empire of Dreams