The solid debut of Disney's Star Wars Rebels, now in its midseason winter break, has lured a few Star Wars movie alumni back to reprise their vocal talents in the animated fantasy space saga. First came James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), then Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and, more recently, the baritone pipes of Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) for a planned upcoming cameo. Now add Frank Oz into the acclaimed mix as he lends his distinctive voice to the legendary Yoda character in a new episode titled "Path of the Jedi."
Dave Filoni, co-creator of Star Wars Rebels, explained that the little green Zen-master of the Force won't physically appear in the series, due to conflicting timelines and continuity within the story arcs.
Here's what Filoni added in an interview with TV Guide:
What's great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it's a watchfulness and that he's speaking to you from afar. And I didn't want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.
Muppet maestro Frank Oz provided the voice and acted as lead puppeteer for Yoda starting with The Empire Strikes Back and continuing in those capacities through The Phantom Menace. Starting with Attack of the Clones, Yoda was reimagined as a digital character and paired with prerecorded vocal tracks of Oz. Precisely what form Yoda will eventually take in Star Wars Rebels, in either a flashback sequence, an internal dream or a disembodied voice mentoring Kanan and Ezra, is yet to be revealed, but the announcement of Oz's involvement further solidifies the bright future of the series.
Are you happy to hear Frank Oz will resurrect Yoda, or should he have been left in peace in his cozy hut on Dagobah?
Yoda reappears when Star Wars Rebels returns Jan. 5, 2015, 9/8 CT on Disney XD.
(Via Geek Tyrant)