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"Jabba the Hutt kept a frog-dog called Buboicullaar as a pet in his palace. The crime lord's guests overlooked Bubo as an unintelligent pest, but the frog-dog actually protected Jabba from many assassination attempts."
―Buboicullaar is mentioned in an artist's journal[4]

Buboicullaar, or Bubo for short, was a frog-dog male that was kept as a pet by the Hutt crime lord Jabba the Hutt, who used him as a guard dog. He lived in Jabba's palace on the desert planet Tatooine and foiled many assassination despite most people thinking he was not more than an unintelligent pest. The Gran Ree-Yees was assigned to take care of the frog-dog, but on one occasion lost track of him aboard Jabba's sail barge, the Khetanna. The Gran promised Jabba that he would find his charge and clean the barge, but Buboicullaar avoided his keeper while Ree-Yees searched. Once the Gran believed he had run out of time, Jabba simply summoned Buboicullaar by calling his name.

In 4 ABY, Buboicullaar barked at the protocol droid C-3PO as the droid entered Jabba's throne room with the astromech droid R2-D2 to deliver a message to Jabba from the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Later that day, the frog-dog was present for a performance of the song "Jedi Rocks" by the Max Rebo Band which ended in the enslaved dancer Oola being fed to Jabba's pet rancor, Pateesa. Buboicullaar then witnessed Princess Leia Organa, disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh, threaten Jabba and his court with a thermal detonator while trying to negotiate over the bounty on the Wookiee Chewbacca.


Who let the dog out[]

"Buubooo! I have to clean because of you! Bubo? Come out if you're in there. I have your favorite! Steaming fecal worms."
―Ree-Yees searches for Buboicullaar[5]

Buboicullaar avoided Ree-Yees on the Khetanna, even after being fed steaming fecal worms.

Buboicullaar, also known as just "Bubo," was a frog-dog male that lived in the palace of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure on the desert planet Tatooine.[1] He acted as a guard dog for the crime lord[6] and protected him from many assassination attempts,[4] include one incident where he foiled an attempt by eating the detonation link needed for a bomb to explode.[7] The Gran Ree-Yees was tasked with unglamorous job of taking care of Buboicullaar[6] but on one occasion lost track of the frog-dog on board Jabba's sail barge,[5] the Khetanna,[6] while it was out traveling on Tatooine.[5]

Pleading for his life, the Gran promised to find Buboicullaar while also cleaning the entire sail barge so that his charge would not be tempted to wonder off again. Jabba then gave Ree-Yees the time it would take for the Khetanna to return to the palace to make good on his promises. Buboicullaar moved around the barge ignoring Ree-Yees as the Gran cleaned and called out for the frog-dog. When Ree-Yees laid out a plate of fecal worms, Buboicullaar's favorite food, as bait, the guard dog simply ate the worms when the Gran's back was turned and continued to avoid him.[5]

Jabba and Buboicullaar

Ree-Yees ultimately ended up cleaning the pit on the barge where Jabba kept a krayt dragon, and discovered Buboicullaar's dog tag amongst sewage under a sewage grate in the room. The Gran escaped from the pit assuming that Buboicullaar had been devored, and, upon reaching the top deck, saw that the barge had reached Jabba's Palace. To save Jabba the trouble, Ree-Yees offered to throw himself overboard, but instead of executing the Gran, Jabba simply called out to Buboicullaar. Out the sound of his name, the frog-dog shuffled out onto the deck, much to Ree-Yees' surprise. The Hutt then laughed at the Gran and told him to take better care of Buboicullaar in future.[5]

Barking up the wrong tree[]

"Arf! Arf!"
―Buboicullaar barks at C-3PO[3]

Buboicullaar barked when C-3PO brushed past him.

In 4 ABY,[8] Buboicullaar was sat in the entryway to Jabba's throne room when the Hutt's majordomo, Bib Fortuna, and a pair of Gamorrean guards escorted the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO into the room. When C-3PO brushed past the frog-dog, Buboicullaar began barking loudly, but stopped once the group had passed and turned to listen as they addressed Jabba. R2-D2 projected a holographic message from the droid's master, the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, in which Skywalker asked to bargain with Jabba for the freedom of the smuggler Han Solo and gifted the droids to Jabba as a sign of goodwill. When the message was over, the Hutt declared he had no interest in giving up the imprisoned Solo, who he displayed frozen in carbonite on the wall of the throne room, and ordered that the droids be taken away to begin work.[3]

Buboicullaar later sat on the floor of the throne room with a Jawa holding his chain during a performance of the song "Jedi Rocks" by the Max Rebo Band. He bobbed along to the music as the enslaved dancers Oola and Yarna d'al' Gargan performed in front of him, but after Jabba called for the song to be repeated, Oola resisted advances made by Jabba during the second performance. The Hutt then dropped the dancer through a trap door into the pit below the throne room, and the court, including the Jawa holding the frog-dog's chain, rushed forward to a grating in front of Buboicullaar to watch her fate. Buboicullaar continued to bob up and down as the crowd cheered while watching Jabba's pet rancor, Pateesa, devour Oola.[3]

Dog days at the palace[]

"No need for attitude, do you want the barge repaired?"
―A quote associated with C2-B9's internal memory record of Buboicullaar[9]

Buboicullaar acted as Jabba's guard dog.

Once the excitement was over, the court's attention was drawn to the court room's entry by the sound of blaster fire. Buboicullaar turned to look for the source of the sound as courtiers began approaching to investigate, but its origin quickly became apparent when Princess Leia Organa, disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh, entered with the Wookiee Chewbacca as her prisoner. She dragged Chewbacca to the center of the room in front of the frog-dog and presented her prisoner to Jabba, who offered the twenty-five thousand credit bounty he had placed on Wookiee.[3]

Organa demanded double that, revealing an active thermal detonator as incentive. While most of those present in the room ducked for cover, Buboicullaar began to bob more energetically and Jabba merely laughed, counter offering thirty-five thousand credits instead. Organa accepted and deactivated the detonator, and the band began to play once more as Chewbacca was led away. Organa and Skywalker himself were later captured by Jabba, but ultimately killed the Hutt and much of his court when they were taken to be executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon.[3]

Buboicullaar was sketched in an artist's journal.

In 34 ABY,[10] the memory banks of the astromech droid C2-B9 contained an internal data record that showed Buboicullaar in Jabba's Palace alongside the Jawa holding his chain and several other court members seated in a booth. The image was associated with a quote asking if the sail barge should be repaired.[9] An illustration of Buboicullaar and an accompanying description and caption was included in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed at the Graf Archive[11] at some point after 34 ABY.[12]

Personality and traits[]

"The frog-dog acted as a guard and growled at anyone who approached."
―An artist's journal describes Buboicullaar[4]

Most of Jabba's courtiers assumed Buboicullaar was an unintelligent pest, but in truth he was smarter than most of them.

Buboicullaar had a wide mouth with sharp, protruding teeth, giving him an appearance that was simultaneously considered grotesque, ferocious, and ridiculous. His looks meant many in Jabba's Palace assumed that the frog-dog[1] was just a pest,[4] not an intelligent being, where as, in truth, Buboicullaar was considerably smarter then many of the Hutt's other employees.[1] He growled at anyone who approached him.[4] Buboicullaar weighed 35 kilograms but could pull up to 119 kilograms (262 pounds) using his tongue. He ate gorgs, but would have prefered to eat Jabba's court jester, the Kowakian monkey-lizard Salacious B. Crumb.[2]


"Bu… bo… icullaar! No! No! Bubo, please don't be in here!"
―Ree-Yees finds Buboicullaar's dog tag[5]

Buboicullaar wore a circular golden dog tag with his name written on it in an alien script.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

The Buboicullaar costume was worn on the upper half of the performer's body.

Buboicullaar was portrayed by performer Franki Anderson, who was six months pregnant at the time,[13] in the 1983 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[3] The creature's costume consisted of a suit worn on the upper half of the performer's body and operated from below the raised throne room set. The costume was based on a maquette of Buboicullaar.[14] A list of all the creatures being made for the film dated to November 4, 1981, has the character as number fourteen with the production name "Bubo"[15] which was based on the fact that the frog-dog looked like a blister.[16] The palace throne room scenes filmed between January 25 and February 8, 1982 on Stage 8 at Elstree Studios.[17]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Alien Archive
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 IDWAdventures2020LogoSmaller.png "Tales of Villainy: Done Dirty"—Star Wars Adventures (2020) 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  7. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "C2-B9" (Screenshots: 1, 2)
  10. The Star Wars Book dates the Battle of Batuu, which is depicted in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge via the attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, to 34 years after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of A New Hope to 0 BBY, therefore the events of Galaxy's Edge, which includes C2-B9's Star Wars: Datapad entry, must take place in 34 ABY.
  11. Star Wars: Alien Archive
  12. Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.
  13. Gerald Home: ROTJ History: Gerald Home's Creature Info. (2010--8-16). Rebelscum.com Forums. Archived from the original on October 23, 2021. "Franki Anderson: played Bubo. She was about 6 months pregnant at the time. She operated Bubo from under the set, so we didn't see her much during filming."
  14. Star Wars: Chronicles
  15. StarWars.com Return of the Jedi Creature History with Pablo Hidalgo on StarWars.com (backup link)
  16. YouTube.png Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Cantina Archeology Part 3: Behind The Scenes of Jabba's Palace on the The Credible Nerds YouTube channel (backup link)
  17. The Making of Return of the Jedi
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