So once again we have survived.

Happy Yaddle Appreciation Day

Hey everybody. As you know, certain people enjoy lispy puns, and have turned “May the 4th” into the international day to celebrate Star Wars. Which seemed like a pretty good idea a few years ago when there wasn’t a new Star Wars movie coming out at all times.

You know I enjoy the Star Wars but in case some of you get sick of hearing about it today I thought it would be a good time to re-up one of my favorite series I’ve ever done, LUCAS MINUS STAR WARS. By going through 44 years of everything Lucas had his name on that was not Star Wars-related I think I really showed (or at least convinced myself) what a force (get it) he was in Hollywood even outside of his most beloved creation (Yaddle).

So here for your convenience are links to all Lucas reviews (including a few, like HOWARD THE DUCK, that I wrote before that series) in release order:

THX 1138
AMERICAN GRAFFITI
MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
KAGEMUSHA
BODY HEAT
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
TWICE UPON A TIME
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS
LATINO
LABYRINTH
HOWARD THE DUCK
CAPTAIN EO
WILLOW
POWAQQATSI
TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
THE LAND BEFORE TIME
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
RADIOLAND MURDERS
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
RED TAILS
STRANGE MAGIC

And, ah hell, I guess I should include my Star Wars writings too. “STAR WARS NO BAGGAGE REVIEWS” was also a proud time in outlawvern.com history, so here they are plus my Ewok ones and the post-Lucas ones:

STAR WARS
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
RETURN OF THE JEDI
THE EWOK ADVENTURE aka CARAVAN OF COURAGE
EWOKS: BATTLE FOR ENDOR
STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE
STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
DISNEY’S STAR WARS MINUS LUCAS: THE FORCE AWAKENS by Disney
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS SUPPLEMENT

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.
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28 Responses to “Happy Yaddle Appreciation Day”

  1. First.

    (Actually fourth, because Star Wars.)

    (Or fifth if you count an un-numbered spinoff post.)

  2. I’m trying really hard to post an image and hopefully this time it will work, it’s an image that must be seen.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4qgzxpUYAAIQ5Y.jpg

  3. please click that link

  4. But can never be unseen….

  5. Name typo, sorry.

  6. So do only female Yodas have hair? Or does Yoda just have male pattern baldness?

  7. Hey, when 900 years you reach, not so hairy you will look.

    We never saw him in his youth. I’m betting he had Lucas hair.

  8. CrustaceanLove

    May 4th, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Yaddle is Supreme Leader Snoke! That’s why she disappeared after EPISODE I.

    The species and origin of Yoda is one of the few things that Lucas kept strictly off-limits to the EU. That’s cool, you want to preserve the mystery of this powerful Jedi master who may or may not be the last of his kind. But then during EPISODE I he just sticks this female version of Yoda on the Jedi Council for no reason. Classic Lucas.

  9. Chronologically, my earlier post takes place after Griff’s four prequel posts, even though it was made earlier.

  10. And what has been seen can truly never be unseen when it comes to my post.

  11. Shouldn´t female Yodas be called Yodi?

  12. HAAAAAAAAAANS

    May 5th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    See, I always thought Yoda was a human being. For some reason I thought that Jedi had super long lifespans, but they still kept aging, and then as the years accumulate they shrink and their skin greens up…and their ears get pointy…I don’t know, the theory doesn’t really hold up I guess.

    But then Yaddle pretty much put that misconception to bed

  13. dude, as long as you’re writing, it will always a proud time in outlawvern.com history.

  14. *be

  15. caruso_stalker217

    May 6th, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Seriously, what the fuck is a Yaddle. This is the first I’ve ever heard of a Yaddle. I’ve scoured the internet for Yaddle and it seems like some kind of joke that everyone has gone along with so long they actually believe that it’s real. Seriously, what the fuck. This happened? This is a thing? How did I miss it?

  16. I messed up, I meant to title this post “Yaddle Awareness Day” because it is important to raise Yaddle awareness. Yaddle was a puppet character who is a member of the Jedi Council in THE PHANTOM MENACE. She never talks so she’s not given much camera time. I once saw a reference book that mentioned her “one soft spoken line,” but that was apparently cut from the movie. She is no longer on the council in ATTACK OF THE CLONES and officially is said to have “decided to take a less active role in Jedi affairs and left the Jedi High Council by the time of the Clone Wars.”

    Or, to put it more succinctly, she’s the girl Yoda.

  17. But Vern, how could Yaddle be a puppet character when the prequels used NOTHING BUT CGI?

  18. And its only reason to exist was as a toy commercial, like for this character for whom no toys were made!

  19. Oh, I’m willing to bet there’s a Yaddle toy, even if it came later.

    There’s a toy of literally every single Star Wars character ever by this point, isn’t there?

  20. Of course there’s a Yaddle toy!

  21. Well that didn’t work :/

    Amazon.com: Star Wars Clone Wars Legacy Collection Build-A-Droid Factory Action Figure BD No. 19 Yaddle and Piell: Toys & Games

    Amazon.com: Star Wars Clone Wars Legacy Collection Build-A-Droid Factory Action Figure BD No. 19 Yaddle and Piell: Toys & Games

  22. Sounds like Yaddle embodies the “make a toy out of a character you can only find in the movie by hitting pause at the exact right moment” tradition
    pioneered by Snaggletooth, Dengar and Amanaman.

  23. CrustaceanLove

    May 7th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I would love to know Lucas’ motivation for including Yaddle. Lucas put very few restrictions on the EU, and every corner of the movies was strip-mined for story ideas. The only topics that were off-limits were the material covered in the prequels (the Clone Wars, Luke’s mother, Anakin’s childhood etc.) and… Yoda’s species. This was a big deal amongst STAR WARS fans, and spurred a lot of speculation. There’s a highly sought after collector’s card that depicts a bunch of Yodas worshipping a floating Yoda statue, which went unpublished after it was deemed in violation of Lucas’ rule. So it’s pretty funny to me that Lucas would so arbitrarily break this rule by introducing Yaddle, who has a few seconds of screentime and serves no purpose in the movie. The only info I can find is that she was based off a repurposed sketch for Yoda, which sounds about right. Maybe Lucas just thought a female Yoda would be a funny idea and put it in there. He probably takes the canon a lot less seriously than the fans.

    Of course Yoda never hooked up with Yaddle, as he was way too much of a professional to break his vow of celibacy with another member of the Jedi council about half his age, but I bet a few decades later when he’s alone in the swamps of Dagobah ruminating on the past, he probably regrets not at least giving it a shot.

    The fact that they produced a toy/tie-in novel for every background extra with a single frame of screen time is something I love about STAR WARS. When it comes to merchandising, they use every part of the Bantha. Since the acquisition Disney have ramped up this proud tradition to a level I wouldn’t have thought was possible. I’m not looking forward to the inevitable carpet bombing come next May.

  24. Wait wait wait, Yaddle is a GIRL Yoda? All this time I thought (s)he was just a dashing young yoda with a Kurt Russell-esque mane! This changes everything.

  25. There’s also a pink Yoda kind of guy with an eye patch. Sort of half human/half yaddle.

    In the Jedi Council, seen very clearly in the end celebration.

  26. Even Piell is that guys name!

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