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Frank Oz on Yodas Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Characters Future

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    One of the biggest surprises of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the return of master Yoda as a Force ghost. The man who brings Yoda to life, Frank Oz, gave an interview about the excitement behind resurrecting the character in his original form using puppetry, and his thoughts on the potential future of the character.

    In a time when secrets are near impossible to keep, Lucasfilm was able to keep the lid on any confirmation of Yoda returning to the Star Wars saga. There had been some light rumors yes, but for the most part audiences were surprised to see the Jedi master when the side-pan shot on Ahch-To revealed those famously pointy ears for the first time. Frank Oz, the puppeteer and voice of Yoda, talked about how Yoda's return came to fruition. (via IGN)


    Oz hadn't performed Yoda as a puppet since 1999's The Phantom Menace, which was in production over 20 years ago. It's understandable to have initial reservations about this type of undertaking, but Oz quickly learned that the passion for properly bringing Yoda back in a physical manifestation was there, from Rian Johnson all the way down to the creature effects departments.

    The most important part of all of this was that Yoda returned the way we remembered him, not via computer graphics, but a physical puppet, which Rian Johnson revealed in The Last Jedi's  documentary 'The Director and the Jedi' was important for Mark Hamill to act alongside, resurfacing that magic captured from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

    The team really wanted to recapture the original version of Yoda, and they got as close as they could, luckily finding an original mold in archive boxes.

    Here is the mold they found. It is quite beaten up, but hey when 37 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.



    Oz was instructed to keep quiet about his role, as they wanted to keep Yoda's return a surprise for the movie going audience.

    For me personally, the lid came off at the premiere in Los Angeles. I was walking around trying to take in as much as I could when I saw Frank Oz and I started connecting the dots that maybe Yoda would be coming back in The Last Jedi!



    Much like a rumored Kenobi film, there have always been rumblings about Yoda's origins, or at the very least a Yoda standalone movie. But Oz genuinely appears to have no knowledge of such projects, and goes as far to say that it couldn't be done with puppets:

    This doesn't rule out the return of puppet Yoda in another cameo for Episode IX, perhaps he and Luke can ride in on the same Force ghost super-highway to visit Rey for a final lesson. Regardless of that, as emotional as Mark Hamill became seeing Yoda's return on set, as a fan I felt it too. Our legendary performers are getting older, Oz will be 74 this May, and it is truly a treasure to have the likes of him, John Williams, Hamill, and other contributors from the spark of the Star Wars magic still contributing to the saga and giving us everything they have, not because we deserve it, but because they truly care so much about it.

    Whether Yoda returns or not, i think we can all agree that it was special to see him back in The Last Jedi, knowing that underneath it all, the man who first brought him to life was still behind the magic. Thank you Frank Oz!



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  2. Grand Master Galen Marek

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    Great way to get the job of returning as yoda. Lunch with RJ.
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