Animator Was on LSD While Working on 'Return Of the Jedi'
When it comes to psychedelics and mainstream society, there is a very deep-seated love-hate relationship. They are vilified and shunned by the majority of the populace, yet they are responsible for inspiring some of the greatest cultural works of our time, as well as spurring on technological innovation and developing business. As such, it may come as no surprise to find out that Oscar-winning animator Phil Tippett was on LSD while he worked on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
The revelation came in a recent documentary by Vice, and may go some way to explain the outlandish design, and great skill with which the AT-AT’s were animated with in the Empire Strikes back, as well as some of the aliens in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi – they are certainly his most iconic pieces of work, yet his involvement in the design of the Star Wars movies, and many others, went a lot further.
In the interview he said:
“I took LSD when I was working on ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and it’s fine. It was, like, very calming. And so I decided to go back to work. When I walked into the blue-screen stage, it was like, ‘Ahhh.’ I took way too much.”
LSD has proven to be a great source of inspiration for people across the globe in all walks of life. It is thought to have been instrumental in the discovery of DNA, helped form many masterful pieces of music, as well as acted as a muse for early video-game designers (and probably current too). It makes us wonder how many other great films have a touch of LSD magic interwoven into their fabric? Probably quite a lot!
Vice’s documentary on the work of Phil Tippett
Written by: Josh
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