George Lucas,  Original Saga,  Prequel Trilogy,  The Mandalorian

Rumor : did George Lucas contribute to a Yoda-related storyline in The Mandalorian?


Warning! Potential spoilers ahead.

From Making Star Wars:

“[…] While grabbing coffee down in the area of the set recently, I ran into some people associated with the production from last year and this year. They seemed as curious about me as I was about them. That said, one of them showed me some photos from their phone of the outrageous “kit bashed” elements we’ll see in the series. Remember that Artoo unit with legs story I wrote about last year? I brought up the Kenner inspiration and they said “yeah, you have no idea” and then what they showed me was pretty amazing.

My Little Green Friend!

I then saw five or six unfinished Yoda species puppets in various states of completeness. You could see the eyes and that they were Yoda-like for sure. While I was checking it out, one of then told me George Lucas contributed story elements to the episode (I believe they said it was the sixth episode of the first season but I could be wrong). The episode will have a cast of characters that are the same species as Yoda. They seemed to also infer that the species will finally be named in the episode.

For years, it was known that dealing with Yoda’s backstory and species was off limits to. everyone. I theorize that George Lucas figured out he might as well leave his mark on a part of Yoda’s canon before someone else does. That last sentence I just wrote was conjecture in case you missed the part where I said “I theorize.”

If this scoop pans out as described to me, we should have an episode where The Mandalorian goes after a bounty that is a group or family of little green people the same species as Yoda. Based on the differences in the puppet’s technology I glimpsed, I would say they aren’t just background or featured puppet extras so to speak. It seemed like it was a serious endeavor to make these Yoda “people” screen ready. […]”




  • Stefan K

    They seem to switch again to puppets. I am interested whether they will be completely non-CGI or e.g. their facial expressions be enhanced with CGI.
    Personally, I do not have a preference: As long as it works, I am happy with puppet and CGI Yoda. The puppet in EP V and VI was a masterpiece, but CGI Yoda was also really good.

    That said, I would not be surprised if some website comes up with the usual spin that the makers of “The Mandalorian” “finally also” came to the conclusion that Yoda has to be a puppet and that Lucas was wrong to use CGI… As long as the producers themselves implicitly do not say something like that, I do not care.

  • Alexrd

    “I theorize that George Lucas figured out he might as well leave his mark on a part of Yoda’s canon before someone else does”

    IF this is true, I agree with that theory. I see Lucas doing something like that, specially after the way they tarnished his fictional world.

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