Frank Oz Returns as Yoda in ‘Star Wars Rebels’

By December 31, 2014
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Set five years before the events of the original Star Wars film, Disney’s animated “Star Wars Rebels” tells the story of the birth of the Rebel Alliance: the faction which would directly oppose the Galactic Empire in the original Star Wars Trilogy,and that would feature prominent freedom fighters like Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker. “Rebels” is being produced by the same team that created the excellent series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” effectively expanding on the mythology of the prequel films, and giving greater context to the major conflict that would bring about two major births in the Star Wars universe: those of the Empire itself, and of Darth Vader.

In a new preview clip, though, another familiar face will be returning — albeit briefly — to the Star Wars universe with a familiar voice on the new show. While Jedi Master Yoda was a very prominent character in “The Clone Wars,” he was voiced by Tom Kane. An excellent voice actor to be sure, but not the original performer that gave us Yoda in the first place. Now, in an upcoming episode of “Rebels,” the original Master Yoda himself will be making a brief return to the Star Wars universe in the form of Frank Oz.

See the clip below:

In the clip, Yoda is giving ethereal guidance to principle character Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr.), who survived the slaughter of the Jedi brought about by the Emperor’s Order 66, and Darth Vader’s siege on the Jedi Temple, all as depicted in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Oz’s return as Yoda follows the brief return of James Earl Jones as the iconic voice of Darth Vader, who appeared briefly for the ABC broadcast of the premiere episode of “Rebels.”

The episode featuring Yoda, entitled “Path of the Jedi,” will air on Disney XD when the series returns from its mid-season hiatus on January 5th. For more Star Wars news as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.