The Star Wars news is coming fast and furious. If you weren’t already aware, there’s an animated Star Wars show on Disney, bridging the gap between the two trilogies. Star Wars Rebels. It isn’t just Yoda making an appearance, either. Frank Oz, voice of Yoda through five films will be doing the voice acting honors.

That’s all I need to hear. Frank Oz. Yoda. Star Wars. Consider me sold. There is a twist for Yoda’s guest appearance. It will be voice only. You won’t actually see the 800-year old Jedi Master on the screen. It will be via a disembodied voice. Disappointing? Sure, but it’s a take what you can get Star Wars guest.

Dave Filoni, executive producer for Rebels, explained the rationale. “I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less. I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet.” Hey, he can get the Falcon and make it to the planet faster than the Kessel Run. Think big Disney.

Filoni continued, heaping praise on Frank Oz. “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,” he says. “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.”

Star Wars Rebels

A quick primer on the show has it straddling the two trilogies. Order 66 has been issued, and the Rebel Alliance is in its birth. Yoda is pulled from hiding to offer guidance to Jedi Knight Kanana and his padawan, Ezra.

The episode is titled ‘Path of the Jedi’ and is set to air January 5 on Disney XD. For those of you lacking patience, you can watch it via the Disney XD app starting December 29.

Expect a teaser promo in the near-term to get fans of the series hyped for the episode.


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