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"«You earn your keep by watching over him. You lost him.»"
"And I will find him! And… and clean the barge! So he won't be tempted to run off again!"
―Jabba and Ree-Yees discuss the loss of Buboicullaar[src]

Ree-Yees was a Gran male who worked for the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure and was responsible for watching Buboicullaar, the Hutt's pet frog-dog. On one occasion, Ree-Yees lost Buboicullaar on board Jabba's sail barge, the Khetanna, and was forced to clean the vessel and search for the pet before Jabba revealed that he could summon the frog-dog with a simple call.

In 4 ABY, Ree-Yees was present in Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine when the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO delivered a message to Jabba from the Jedi Luke Skywalker, who wished for the Hutt to free the smuggler Han Solo from carbonite. After watching a performance by the Max Rebo Band, Ree-Yees gleefully watched the dancer Oola be eaten by Jabba's pet rancor, Pateesa, and then witnessed Princess Leia Organa, disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh, bargin with Jabba for the bounty on the Wookiee Chewbacca.

Having seen through Organa's disguise, Jabba had Ree-Yees and others wait with him in order to ambush the princess when she freed Solo from carbonite later that night, with Ree-Yees covering the vocoder of C-3PO in order to prevent him from warning the pair. Once Skywalker himself arrived at the palace to free his various allies, Ree-Yees excitedly watched him battle the rancor, but was shocked and frustrated when the Jedi killed the beast.

The Gran then accompanied Jabba on the Khetanna as they traveled to the Great Pit of Carkoon to watch Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca be executed; however, Skywalker and his allies freed themselves and managed to kill Jabba. They then destroyed the Khetanna and Ree-Yees perished in the explosion.

Biography[]

A disappointing dog-keeper[]

"«You have failed me, Ree-Yees. Even the krayt is too good for you!»"
"I swear, Jabba! I didn't fail you!"
―Jabba and Ree-Yees discuss the loss of Buboicullaar[src]

Jabba threatened to kill Ree-Yees after he lost Buboicullaar.

The Gran male Ree-Yees was an exiled thief[3] from the planet Kinyen[1] who worked as an insignificant henchman in the criminal empire of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure.[5] A part of the Hutt's entourage, he had the unglamorous job of looking after the crime lord's guard dog, the frog-dog Buboicullaar.[6] On one occasion, Ree-Yees lost track of Buboicullaar on board Jabba's sail barge, the Khetanna. Angered, the Hutt had Ree-Yees brought before him by a pair of guards on the sail barge's top deck while the vehicle hovered above a junkyard on the planet Tatooine. The crime lord claimed the Gran was not even worth feeding to his pet krayt dragon and threatened to have Ree-Yees thrown overboard into the junkyard below, but the dog watcher pleaded for his life and promised to both find Buboicullaar and clean the entire sail barge.[7]

Jabba agreed to give Ree-Yees the time that it would take for the Khetanna to sail back to Jabba's Palace in the Dune Sea to make good on both his promises. The Gran then began cleaning the barge while calling out for the frog-dog, searching under wires and leaving out a plate of Buboicullaar's favorite food—steaming fecal worms—as bait. Buboicullaar then ate the worms while Ree-Yees back was turned and moved elsewhere in the ship before the Gran noticed him.[7]

Jabba, disappointed[]

"«You will watch over him better now. So clean yourself up! Now that you've cleaned the entire sail barge.»"
"He could have called you at any time?!"
―Jabba scolds Ree-Yees, who is then annoyed at Buboicullaar[src]

Ree-Yees was shocked to learn that Jabba could summon Buboicullaar with a call.

After cleaning the barge's engine room and sick bay, Ree-Yees encountered Jabba in the larder and was told to clean the donation room, the prison for those who refused to donate, and finally the pit where the krayt dragon was kept. Ree-Yees entered the pit with a bone, which he used to distract the chained dragon while dashing over to the sewage grate in the room to search for Buboicullaar. Under the grate, he found the frog-dog's dog-tag amongst the sewage and assumed the pet had been eaten, diving into the sewage himself in order to avoid being devoured by the krayt dragon.[7]

Ree-Yees then emerged from the waste disposal chute on the underside of the barge and saw that the barge had reached the palace, meaning he was out of time. He climbed up the side of the Khetanna to the top deck and offered to throw himself overboard to save Jabba the trouble; however, the Hutt then simply summoned Buboicullaar by calling out the frog-dogs name. Laughing at tricking the Gran into cleaning the barge, the Hutt told Ree-Yees to wash himself and take better care of Buboicullaar in future.[7]

A less disappointing spectacle[]

Ree-Yees cheered as Oola was eaten by the rancor.

In 4 ABY,[2] Ree-Yees was among the courtiers present in the throne room of Jabba's Palace when the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 were brought in by Bib Fortuna, Jabba's majordomo. Stood between two of the alcoves by the throne room's entrance, the Gran turned to watch the droids as they moved before Jabba and delivered a holographic message from the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, who requested and audience to bargain for the life of the smuggler Han Solo. Ree-Yees then laughed along with the rest of the court when Jabba declared that there would be no bargain, as the Hutt enjoyed displaying Solo—who was frozen in carbonite—within the throne room.[4]

Ree-Yees later sat in the alcove nearest to the throne room door with Buboicullaar chained nearby in order to watch a performance of Jedi Rocks by the Max Rebo Band. The Gran moved along to the song until the dancer Oola refused advances from Jabba and as a result was dropped into the pit below the throne room where Jabba kept his pet rancor, Pateesa. Ree-Yees rushed to the grating above the pit to watch the dancer's demise and cheered as the beast emerged. After the creature devoured Oola, blaster-fire from outside the throne room caused the Gran and others to turn in surprise and then crowd round the entrance to see what was causing the commotion.[4]

A disappointing lack of death[]

"Whoo-hoo!"
―Ree-Yees cheers as the rancor attempts to eat Luke Skywalker — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Princess Leia Organa, disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh then entered with the Wookiee Chewbacca, a companion of Solo, as her prisoner. Ree-Yees moved back to allow the pair to make their way before the throne, where Organa bartered with the Hutt for the bounty on Chewbacca's head. The Gran ducked back when Organa revealed a live thermal detonator, but returned to his position as Jabba offered enough to satisfy Organa and conclude the exchange. Jabba, however, had seen through Organa's disguise, and set up a trap for her later that night. The Hutt hid behind a curtain next to Solo's frozen form and lay in wait for Organa to try and come free him. Ree-Yees hid behind the same curtain, holding C-3PO, who had become Jabba's translator, in place covering[4] the protocol droid's vocoder to keep him from shouting out a warning[8] as Organa released Solo from the carbonite. Jabba then revealed himself and the Gran released C-3PO, laughing when the Hutt insulted Solo. Both Organa and Solo were then taken captive.[4]

Jabba and his court later slept in the throne room, with Ree-Yees laying in the second alcove from the door. When Jabba was woken by the arrival of Skywalker, who had come to rescue his friends, Ree-Yees stood and slowly pushed forward with other courtiers to surround Skywalker as he tried to convince Jabba to hand over his prisoners. After Skywalker threatened Jabba with a blaster, the Jedi was dropped into the rancor pit, and Ree-Yees rushed to the grate again hoping to see another execution. He laughed and cheered as Jubnuk, a Gamorrean guard who had fallen in with Skywalker, squealed in terror and tried to escape the rancor before being devored. However, the cheering stopped when Skywalker managed to kill Pateesa by crushing the rancor beneath the gate to the pit. Outraged, Jabba declared that Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca would be executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon.[4]

The final disappointment[]

Ree-Yees then accompanied Jabba as they traveled to the pit onboard the Khetanna, crowdin[4] with a drink in hand[9] to the windows of the sail barge's viewing deck to watch the execution once they reached the pit. Standing with Jabba's accountant Tessek, the Gran laughed when Skywalker gave Jabba one last chance to surrender or die, but after the Hutt ordered the Jedi pushed off the skiff carrying the prisoners and into the pit, Skywalker attacked his captors and began to free his comrades. On board the barge, Organa destroyed Jabba's control panel and caused all of the window panels in the barge to close, throwing the room Ree-Yees was in into darkness. The Gran rushed around in panic and confusion with the other courtiers while Organa used the chains binding her to Jabba to choke the Hutt to death.[4]

Ree-Yees perished during the destruction of the Khetanna.

Organa then escaped to the barge's top deck, where she and Skywalker fired a turret down into the Khetanna and then escaped. The shot caused the Khetanna to explode from the inside,[4] and Ree-Yees perished in the fiery blast.[2] In 34 ABY,[10] the memory banks of the smelter droid 8D-J8 contained an internal data record that showed Ree-Yees drinking on the Khetanna with[11] the Yarkora Saelt-Marae[12] and one of them questioning why the was droid onboard rather than with the Jawas in Jabba's entourage.[11] An illustration of Ree-Yees with a caption describing him as miserable looking was included in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed at the Graf Archive[13] at some point after 34 ABY.[14]

Personality and traits[]

"Jabba's pet had a miserable looking keeper."
―The description of Ree-Yees in an artist's journal[src]

Despite flourshing among the criminal classes on Tatooine[15] the alcoholic Ree-Yees was the subject of much mockery[3] and loathed Jabba, although not as much as Buboicullaar, who was fully sentient, despised Ree-Yees.[12] Having enjoyed watching Oola perish[4] Ree-Yees similarly hoped to enjoy the spectacle of Skywalker's death at the hands of the rancor, but went through three phases of emotion during the event. At first, the Gran felt a pitiless, sadistic joy upon seeing the fate of Jubnuk, and then excitement as it seemed as though the Jedi would meet the same fate. Finally, the death of the rancor was unthinkable to Ree-Yees, and while trying to process it he felt incredulity and disappointment. Frustrated by this turn of events, he traveled to the Great Pit of Carkoon hoping to see it rectified, but was ultimately disappointed once again.[5] Ree-Yees had pink skin and black eyes.[4]

Equipment[]

Ree-Yees wore a brown tunic and pants with a brown belt and light brown boots.[4] He carried a black blaster rifle and a blaster pistol,[9] and, while cleaning the Khetanna, used a pair of yellow gloves but tore through the fingers.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Production[]

"I was just given the hand puppet close up to work and that was it. He had jaw and lip movement and eye blinks. He was very heavy so we created a pole that went from the body to a hip harness. My left hand was on the head turning it and my right worked the cable controls."
―Mike Quinn[src]

Mike Quinn used a heavy articulated mask to portray Ree-Yees in close-ups.

The character Ree-Yees was created for the original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,[4] which was released on May 25, 1983.[16] Concept art of the character was created by Nilo Rodis-Jamero[17] and a maquette of Ree-Yees was made by Chris Walas[18] which measured 9 centimeters by 14 centimeters by 20 centimeters.[19] The final costume consisted of a slip-on mask and a set of gloves that were worn by a mime performer on set for backgrounds shots, and a separate cable-controlled dummy mask capable of lip and eye articulation for close-ups.[20] The articulated mask measured 58 centimeters by 76 centimeters by 41 centimeters.[21]

In the film, Paul Springer portrayed all of the full body shots of Ree-Yees at the palace and most on the sail barge, although Richard Bonehill wore the full costume for a few of the background sail barge shots[22] and puppeteer Mike Quinn controlled the articulated mask for close ups. Due to the heaviness of the puppet, Quinn used a pole that connected the head to a hip harness, allowing him to use his left hand to turn the head and his right to control the articulation cables. It was first role that Quinn, who had not auditioned, portrayed in the film[23] with the palace throne room scenes filmed between January 25 and February 8, 1982 on Stage 8 at Elstree Studios and the sail barge interior shots filmed on Stage 9 between February 9 and February 11.[24]

Non-canon material and name[]

Nilo Rodis-Jamero drew concept art of Ree-Yees.

The design for Ree-Yees was originally set to be used for the character of Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi; however, after reviewing sculpts, director George Lucas decided to go with the fish-like appearance used in the final cut.[25] The second draft of the film's script included a scene in which C-3PO attempted to translate an argument between Ree-Yees and Ephant Mon on board the Khetanna that eventually descends into a fist fight, causing C-3PO to flee. During filming, Mon was swapped out for the character Saelt-Marae and, although the scene was shot, it was ultimately cut from the film before release.[26] Despite this, a still from the scene was used in the photo section of the film's Star Wars Legends novelization, which was written by James Kahn and released before the film on May 12, 1983, marking the first appearance of the character and published use of the name.[27]

The character's name was created during production and is a garbled version of the word "three-eyes", made as an in-joke by the creature shop at Industrial Light & Magic.[28] In the new Star Wars canon it was first used in the 2015 reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.[29] In Jeffrey Brown's 2021 non-canon children's book, A Vader Family Sithmas, Ree-Yees can be seen attending a holiday party at Jabba's Palace.[30]

Appearances[]

Non-canon appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z (French version only)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 AltayaCite.svg "Battle of Hoth and the Second Death Star" – Star Wars Encyclopedia states that Ree-Yees perished on Tatooine during the destruction of the Khetanna, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 AltayaCite.svg "Battle of Hoth and the Second Death Star" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  6. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 IDWAdventures2020LogoSmaller.png "Tales of Villainy: Done Dirty"—Star Wars Adventures (2020) 11
  8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
  9. 9.0 9.1 HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Vintage Collection (Pack: Jabba's Palace Adventure Set) (backup link)
  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 8D-J8's Star Wars: Datapad entry, must take place in 34 ABY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "8D-J8" (Screenshots: 1, 2)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
  13. Star Wars: Alien Archive
  14. 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.
  15. StarWars-DatabankII.png Gran in the Databank (backup link)
  16. Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, New Edition
  17. The Art of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  18. 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)
  19. Star Wars: Chronicles
  20. Databank title.png Ree-Yees in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. Star Wars Archives
  22. Gerald Home: ROTJ History: Gerald Home's Creature Info. (2010--8-16). Rebelscum.com Forums. Archived from the original on October 23, 2021. "As I wrote in my original post, and Paul has now confirmed, he was Ree Yees in all the Jabba's Palace scenes, and in the still photos of Jabba's creatures - and that includes the one in Jabba's Palace where most of us are behind Jabba. (I'm at the very back of the group - tall people and creatures always get put in the back.) I didn't mention Ree Yees on the Sail Barge in my original post, because I knew there was some "controversy" over this issue: I distinctly remember Paul as Ree Yees on the Sail Barge, but in recent years many fans, and Tim Dry, have told me that Richard Bonehill was at one time on the Sail Barge as Ree Yees, so I didn't want to mention this subject until after Paul gave you the exact facts, which only he really knows. Now that he's told you, I can confirm what he said: I saw him as Ree Yees on the Sail Barge, and Tim Dry saw Richard B there too. As several of you have said, that means Richard can legitimately sign Ree Yees photos on the Sail Barge, as can Paul, but only Paul is entitled to sign Ree Yees in any photo connected with Jabba's Palace - not that I'm trying to be a policeman here! I'm merely trying to achieve historical accuracy."
  23. Bailey, Liam: Mike Quinn Interview – The Man Behind the Beloved Nien Nunb! (2018-03-27). The Cloud Riders. WordPress. Archived from the original on October 22, 2021.
  24. The Making of Return of the Jedi
  25. StarWars.com Return of the Jedi Creature History with Pablo Hidalgo on StarWars.com (backup link)
  26. SWInsider.png "The Ultimate Return of the Jedi Insider's Guide"—Star Wars Insider 67
  27. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization
  28. SWInsider.png "Who's Who in Jabba's Palace"—Star Wars Insider 60
  29. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  30. A Vader Family Sithmas

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