While most fans are looking towards the future of the Star Wars franchise, for many the decision to replace the classic Yoda puppet with new digitally created version is just one of many sore spots from the prequel trilogy that fans continue to bemoan. In an interview with ScreenRant to promote the documentary Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched, puppeteer Frank Oz, who provided the performance and voice for Yoda since the character debuted in The Empire Strikes Back, shared his opinion on the decision to replace the beloved puppet with a CGI creation.
Oz defended George Lucas’ choice to replace the puppet Yoda with a new CGI version.
“As a filmmaker, George needed to tell a particular story. And this story that he needed to tell was a big fight with Yoda. And he could not do that with a puppet. It was impossible. [So] he had the choice to either dump the story or stay with the story–which he felt strongly about–or change Yoda. So he did what any storyteller would do.”
Oz remained coy when asked if he would reprise his role as the Jedi Master in a future Star Wars film.
“I’ve been asked not to talk about any upcoming films.”
How do you feel about the decision to replace the puppet with a digital version? Do you think Frank Oz will ever return to play Yoda in a Star Wars film? Share your thoughts below!
The next installment of the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.