Oscar winning Animator: Yep, I was high on LSD
Monday, 07 March 2016


Oscar-winning animator Phil Tippett has revealed he took a lot of LSD while working on Star Wars movie Return Of The Jedi.

The 64-year-old, who also worked on the Millennium Falcon chess scene in the recent Star Wars movie The Force Awakens, has been very frank about his experiences under the influence.

Not only did he take the class A drug in the company of his cat, with whom he climbed into a cupboard, but he also took a trip or two on set when working with a blue screen.

The VFX master said: ‘I took LSD when I was working on Return of the Jedi. I could communicate with my cat Brian, and Brian took me on a journey.

‘I crawled into this cupboard with Brian the cat and we went to the centre of the Earth for like three billion years and I was just in this world of molecules. It was fine, it was very calming.

‘I decided to go back to work and I was at ILM [Industrial Light & Magic] and I walked into the blue screen stage and it’s huge – everything’s just super illuminated bright blue – and it was just like “Aaaah!”.

‘I took, like, way too much,’ he concluded.

We appreciate his honesty – and his skills earned him an Oscar for ROTJ.

The film’s pretty damn trippy, though. Frankly, we’d be surprised to learn the entire set hadn’t been on LSD.

You can also enjoy Phil’s visual effects in Robocop, Indiana Jones, Willow, Jurassic Park and Twilight among other movies.

The lesson here is, take LSD if you like success. Or stay in school, okay, we are not sure what the lesson is.


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