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George Lucas replacing puppet Yoda with CGI for Phantom Menace Blu-ray

08.24.2011

George Lucas seems to be under the mistaken impression that CGI was invented as a sort of "white-out" for movies, where you can just go in and replace something that wasn't quite "right" with your original feature.

With the upcoming release of Star Wars on Blu-ray, it was to be expected that something would be getting a touch-up, and now we know what that shall be.

Apparently puppet Yoda just isn't good enough for THE PHANTOM MENACE, and he's been replacing by a fully CGI Yoda. When I first read the item, I thought that EVERY puppet Yoda across ALL the films was going to be replaced, but this is a somewhat less riotous decision.

Below you can see the comparison of the before and after of this replacement. I mean, CGI Yoda is alright, but why? Why is this in any way necessary? Somehow I find an emoting CGI creation even less likable than a relative static puppet, and I thought it was idiotic when he started hopping all around in ATTACK OF THE CLONES.

I guess we should be thankful that this appears to be the only major change he's making. But what will the 3D re-releases of the two trilogies have in store I wonder....



Extra Tidbit: I'm trying to think of CGI characters in live action movies I've actually liked. Only Caesar from PLANET OF THE APES is coming to mind.
Source: Slashfilm

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