Frank Oz to Voice Yoda in the Next Episode of Star Wars: Rebels.


The 70 year old puppeteer and voice of Yoda from the Star Wars films is back, this time only for giving his voice to the famous character, in the next episode of Star Wars: Rebels. The episode called “Path of the Jedi” is expected to air on Monday, Jan. 5 or if you have the Watch Disney XD app on Monday, Dec. 29.


From TVGuide:

Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the Empire — the 800-plus-year-old icon is drawn from hiding to offer counsel to fledgling Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan, Ezra, on the remote planet of Lothal. The twist: He only “appears” as a disembodied voice.
But what a voice it is. Frank Oz, who famously starred as the Yoda (in puppet and computer-generated form) in five of the Star Wars films, returns to the franchise for this episode. “I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. “I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet.”


Star Wars fans will notice several homages to the lore, including The Empire Strikes Back and the final episodes of The Clone Wars. “This is show is meant to fit in with everything that’s going on: Clone Wars, features, novels,” Filoni says. “We do a lot of work to make sure there’s continuity between these things now.”


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17 thoughts on “Frank Oz to Voice Yoda in the Next Episode of Star Wars: Rebels.

  • December 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I’ll be eagerly awaiting our resident ‘bothan spies’ to drop us a link or two.. 🙂

  • December 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I thought it should be a surprise.

  • December 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I briefly got excited because I thought this was going to say “for Episode VII”. Not that I’m expecting to see a Yoda force ghost in Episode VII but it would be pretty cool to have a brief cameo.

  • December 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I bet he and JeJ were in studio already for a certain sequel that is in the works and Filoni asked if they couldn’t record a line or two for his cartoon.

  • December 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Ummm. What about “when I am gone. The last of the Jedi you will be”? So did Yoda lie, or are these jedi doomed?

    • December 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Doooooomed! Muhahahahahha!!!

    • December 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      …and that’s why I hated the EU. The only canon to me is the movies. I mean, come on, Darth Maul survives being cut in half and that long fall! Anything to sell more merch I guess…

      • December 16, 2014 at 5:29 am

        I gotta agree with you. The return of Darth Maul was mega dumb.

    • December 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      I think Yoda meant that as in like “you are the only Jedi alive right now” kind of thing. Not as in forever.

      If not… it’s possibly that he might not have been able to have forseen that the force would “awaken”… haha.

      • December 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

        I think what the other anon person meant was “Are the Jedi characters in “Rebels” doomed?”, since by the time Yoda died, he was the last one, passing it on to Luke.

        • December 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

          Might be that Kanan dies and Ezra turns to the dark side or something.

    • December 16, 2014 at 12:12 am

      it was actually in yoda speak (note order):

      “When gone am I, last of the Jedi will you be”


      “When I am gone, The last of the Jedi you will be”

  • December 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Is it me or does George Lucas look more and more like yoda in this pic than ever?

    **chin area

    • December 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

      What pic? The pic above? That’s Oz.

      See if you can spot him in the Blues Brothers. Hint: “One prophylactic… used.”

  • December 16, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I really think between JEJ coming back as Vader and Oz as Yoda, there’s a chance Ian McDiarmid could come back as Palpy which would make me go apeshit.

  • December 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Filoni is going to far…this is starting to get dumb. he is getting carried away and getting closer to fucking everything up. I really hope this show fails and gets cancelled. its bad enough he fuckin raised Maul from the dead and then never even finished the story…now he pulls this dumb shit that don’t even make any sense. it is completely DUMB…if he could contact these two..then why the fuck couldn’t he contact luke when he was a child?? or communicate with Obi-Wan and say— ok dude…these guys are of age to start the training..bring the twins to dagobah…Filoni is creating huge holes and he is too fuckin dumb and arrogant to realize it.

  • December 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    It’s possible that Kanan dies and Ezra never becomes a full-fledged Jedi which causes him to abandon his teachings. As unlikely as it may be, the Darth Maul story arc in CW was good stuff. I always hated that he was defeated in episode I. The new comic series that was released not long ago (Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir) picks up where the show left off with a storyline that was adapted from some unproduced screenplays for the now cancelled clone wars. The comic was pretty cool as you find out something about Maul’s background and you get to see him lead his Shadow Collective crime sydicate which is made up of the Mandolorians, Black Sun, the Pykes, and the Hutts. All very cool. He also uses Pre Vizla’s darksaber in the comic. Unfortunately, Maul’s story arc was not wrapped up in the comic either, but maybe we will get additional stories in the future through this or other media…btw, I have no complaint about Yoda in Rebels in some capacity. I think the voice is a wise decision over his actual physical presence in the show though. My 6-yr-old son loves Rebels and Yoda is his favorite SW character, so I say, “Bring it, Mr. Oz.” 🙂

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