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Monster Gallery: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Monster Gallery: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Rancor


“At the side of the pit, an iron door rumbles upward and a giant, fanged RANCOR emerges. The guard runs to the side of the pit and tries futilely to scramble to the top. The hideous beast closes in on him. The Rancor moves past Luke, and as the guard continues to scramble, the Rancor picks him up and pops him into its slavering jaws.”

– Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas, Return of the Jedi script

This is how Return of the Jedi introduces the Rancor, Jabba the Hutt’s massive ‘pet’ creature residing in a pit in the crime lord’s palace — used for executions and entertainment.

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