A rancor is a large reptilian carnivore native to the planet Dathomir.They are about five meters tall,with long arms,horrible claws, armored hides and immense toothy jaws in a pug-nosed face.
Jabba the Hutt kept a rancor in a pit below his palace court, to which he fed any who displeased him.
In Return of the Jedi, the rancor was first tried out as a man in a creature suit, but the results were unsatisfactory. The beast was then made as a rod puppet, and filmed with a high-speed camera. Then its movements were slowed down to give the illusion of a much larger creature, moving a bit more ponderously.
Also known as Gordon Shumway, ALF(Alien Life Form) crash-landed his ship in the garage of the Tanner family. He is a native of the planet Melmac. The Tanners hide him from the Alien Task Force, and he becomes a member of the family, although his presence causes them many inconveniences.
Despite the cat-eating tendencies of ALF and his kind, I absolutely LOVED this show. I thought the puppetry and puppet design was stellar and the performances by puppeteer Paul Fusco hilarious. I miss him!