With all of the Star Wars discussions going around and the recent confirmed news regarding spin off films about popular characters, it’s no surprise that Yoda would be amongst the characters discussed. Yoda could somehow appear in the next trilogy (maybe as a spirit) or in his own film, but regardless of where he pops up, Frank Oz is excited and ready to return to work as Yoda.
If Oz does return, we probably shouldn’t expect to see any of his puppeteering work. In the more recent Star Wars movies, Yoda went fully CGI, although Oz still provided his voice. Luckily, the experienced puppeteer doesn’t feel bitter about this. He explained:
“I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet. The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”
Although it would be enjoyable to see Luke and other Jedi still receiving advice from Yoda in the after life, I think that he needs to be a focus for one of the spin off films. I love Boba Fett just like the rest of the Star Wars fan base but there is so many stories surrounding him outside of the film, that I think Yoda should be the frontrunner for a spin off. He’s the only character who does not have a confirmed race or background according to George Lucas. Even smaller side characters have more of an origin story than Yoda. We’ve seen Yoda kick some serious ass and I think we’re all ready to see how this little ass kicker developed. Some purists may disagree and state that the mystery surrounding Yoda is apart of who he is and I can agree, but the fan inside me wants to know who Yoda really is. At least if they do this spin off, there won’t be the worry of his character being portrayed by a sub-par actor since he’s CGI and Frank Oz will still do the voice. What are your thoughts? Where should the franchise take Yoda?