Muppets In the ‘Star Wars’ Universe? It Could Happen, Thanks to This New Character
The official crossover of The Muppets and Star Wars happened when George Lucas hired Frank Oz to become the voice of Yoda in 1979-80 for The Empire Strikes Back, not including The Return of the Jedi. Back in those days, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was revered for creating some of the most eye-popping monsters on TV and film long before CGI ruined the practicality of the Muppetry art form.
Thankfully, the Creature Shop is still in operation and busier than ever. They just created all the creatures for the Netflix sequel The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. While they aren’t behind the non-CGI creation of Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian, some fans miss the Muppet connection with the Star Wars saga.
With Baby Yoda now considered an unofficial, new Muppet, what are the chances of more Muppets appearing in future Star Wars projects?
The look of the Muppet characters always brings more charm
A lot of arguing went on during the pre-production of The Mandalorian on whether the new Yoda child should be CGI. It ultimately came down to Werner Herzog pressing the producers to stick with the puppet version so it would look more believable.
Almost any Star Wars fan would say the Muppet version of Yoda was always far more believable and had more depth than the CGI versions seen in the prequels. Even though the CGI version allowed a younger Yoda to do some amazing action scenes, nobody can say it was able to emote nearly as well as the original Muppet persona from 40 years ago.
The renaissance of using old-fashioned puppet effects for Baby Yoda has led some analysts to think there should be more utilization of The Muppets in future Star Wars projects. After all, Disney has owned them for 15 years now, making it easy to create a similar-themed show for Disney+.
How can they fit in, though? At Screen Rant, they think a Muppet Babies version of Star Wars should become a reality. Is this really feasible, or a little too cheesy for the average fan to comprehend?
A return of Muppet Babies to the galaxy far, far away?
Baby Yoda might have kicked off a new craze for toddler versions of Star Wars characters. Recently, Screen Rant suggested the old Muppet Babies from Saturday morning TV yore have a comeback in this environment.
More specifically, the suggestion is that the Muppet Babies should have a seat on the Jedi Council as the first major Muppets crossover beyond Yoda. Really, though, would anyone want something like this when The Muppets usually reside within their own universe without anchoring with anything else?
This idea is good in theory, but it’s unlikely to happen. Then again, you never know what precedent might be set with this Baby Yoda phenomenon. Whether it can sustain is another thing since all the hype over Baby Yoda may calm after the first season of The Mandalorian is over. Despite the second season being in production now, it’ll likely be a year before it premieres.
Would audiences really find Muppet Babies in Star Wars adorable, or just a blatant attempt to find a new audience for The Muppets?
The Muppets still have troubles in finding the right media stage
In more recent years, The Muppets have had some problems finding their footing in where they belong in the world of entertainment. A new TV series on ABC was canceled, and the rebooted movie franchise has stalled. At least they’ll be doing a series of shorts on Disney+ in months ahead with Muppets Now.
The thought they could end up in Star Wars seems far too obvious, outside of the original 1980s Muppet Babies cartoon once doing some Star Wars skits. Perhaps one can argue the real appeal of Baby Yoda is he doesn’t talk and just emotes while looking cute. Muppet Babies, on the other hand, talk a lot if going by their past history.
Sometimes being silent can say a lot more and create an iconic character than ever forcing so-called funny dialogue.