Looks like the force is gonna be getting a whole lot stronger on Star Wars Rebels, as Jedi master Yoda will be making a guest appearance on the new animated Disney XD series.
Despite Rebels being set between the two Star Wars trilogies, when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding, the 800-plus-year-old icon deems it necessary to come out of hiding to offer counsel to fledging Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan Erza, who are on the remote planet of Lothal. However, he will only be appearing as a disembodied voice.
A certain someone is on board to voice Yoda in the form of Frank Oz, who has famously starred as Yoda – in puppet form, and CGI form – in five of the previous Star Wars films. Executive producer and episode director Dave Filoni thought it would make things less confusing to people if Yoda’s voice was performed by Frank, saying that he “…felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” also stating that he “didn’t want [the audience] to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet.”
Filoni has claimed that working with an actor who was so closely associated with the character helped immensely, adding that “what’s great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, [the audience will] feel that it’s a watchfulness and that he’s speaking to [the characters] from afar,” elaborating Filoni stated that he “…didn’t want anyone to thing that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.”
Star Wars Fans are in for a treat as there will be several homages to the lore, including The Empire Strikes Back and the final episodes of The Clone Wars. Filoni says “this is a show what is meant to fir in with everything that’s going on: Clone Wars, Features, Novels, [so] we do a lot of work to make sure there’s continuity between these things now.”
The episode will be called, Path of the Jedi, and will air on Monday, Jan, 5th on Disney XD. However, should the force become weak, thus leaving one with no patience, then it will be made available on the Watch Disney XD app app starting Monday, Dec, 29th.