‘Star Wars Rebels’: Watch Yoda’s Return with Original Voice Frank Oz
Disney’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ has quietly been easing us back into the original trilogy in preparation for next year’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ returning James Earl Jones and Frank Oz to their iconic roles as Darth Vader and Yoda. Now, our first clip from 2015's ‘Rebels’ return has arrived, along with Oz’s reprise of Master Yoda’s wise wit.
As previously revealed, Oz will return to the role of Dagobah’s littlest Jedi for January 5 episode “Path of the Jedi” (Tom Kane voiced the character through ‘The Clone Wars’), appearing to Kanan as a voice on Lothal, rather than an in-person reunion. IGN managed to obtain the first clip from the installment, which sees Yoda offering Kanan patience toward his training of the young Ezra.
Here’s what ‘Rebels’ supervising director Dave Filoni had to say of Yoda’s return, which also had to side-step the character’s presence on Dagobah throughout the original trilogy:
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. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.
Oz marks the third original ‘Star Wars’ cast member to return to their role for ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ following James Earl Jones’ reprisal of Darth Vader in an extended cut of the premiere, and Anthony Daniels’ portrayal of C-3PO. We’ve included the clip of Yoda’s return above, but what do you think? Could Frank Oz lend voice to the spirit of Yoda in the new films, or should the character’s ‘Rebels’ return be his last appearance?