Mark Hamill, the outspoken Luke Skywalker actor, has argued both for and against the current direction of the Disney Star Wars franchise. Now, Frank Oz, the talent behind Yoda, drops some wisdom on the fandom worthy of the Jedi Master he represents.
“It’s about expectations. The movie didn’t fill their expectations. But as filmmakers, we’re not here to fulfill people’s expectations.”Frank Oz (Yoda)
Now, it’s easy to say something like, “Frank Oz has to say stuff like that, Disney pays his salary.” However, the iconic puppeteer has had no problems in the past speaking out against the direction some of his affiliated franchises have gone. He recently referred to the Muppets as “a shadow of what it once was.”
This brings up the point, who are these new Star Wars films for? There is a whole new generation of Star War fans out there, many of them younglings still in grade school. They don’t seem as angry about the direction Rey, Finn and Poe are headed in. Isn’t that more important for the future of the fandom?
One important fact still remains: The Last Jedi was actually a huge box office success bringing in over 1 billion dollars. Something is working, but the aggressive anti-Disney Star Wars fans don’t want to acknowledge it.
“I love the movie, all the people who don’t like this ‘Jedi’ thing is just horse crap.”Frank Oz (Yoda)
Well, we are less than 9 months away from the final installment of the latest Star Wars trilogy finalé, Episode IX. Only upon its release will we know how much impact all the online negativity, trolling and hate will have on the success of the Skywalker swan song.
For this Star Wars fan, I’m still very excited! Until December 20th, may the Force be with you, always!