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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

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI
STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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39 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!

  27. In the latest episode of THE MANDALORIAN, Asohka says of baby Yoda, sorry, Grogu, “I know of one other of his kind.” What about Yaddle, Asohka? What about, Yaddle?!

    I will not stand for this Yaddle erasure.

    #justiceforyaddle

  28. *Ahsoka. So angry I can’t spell.

  29. Yaddle is one of the ugliest puppets I’ve ever seen. Glad she has been erased

  30. Yaddle left the Jedi Council sometime between PHANTOM MENACE and ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Ahsoka came to the Jedi Temple some time during that same gap, so they must not have overlapped. Or another possibility is that if you are in that universe you notice subtle differences between Yoda and Yaddle that make them obviously not the same species, and we don’t see it because we’re ignorant.

    I really thought he was a clone of Yoda. I like this better. I just wish it didn’t all fit my theory that Yaddle left the council because pregnancy revealed a scandalous relationship with Yoda. Say it ain’t so, Yoda.

    (SPOILERS for Mandalorian Episode 13)

    Anyway, I think that episode is my favorite of the series so far. I love how samurai movie it all is with the fortress, the tyrannical magistrate propped up by hired guns, the badass confrontations and ultimatums. And Michael Biehn and Diana Lee Inosanto were both great surprises, giving excellent performances. Too bad about Biehn’s character! I would’ve liked to see him more.

    I suppose the big mystery now is who took Grogu from the Jedi Temple? And which Jedi will sense him and come looking for him? I have suspected for a while that they will bring Mark Hamill in as pre-Ach To Luke (not this season, but maybe next). I suppose that would require some de-aging for this point in the timeline.

    Of course, they’re not gonna let him leave Mando to go train. He’s gonna choose the sword and take the demon path with him.

  31. Seems unlikely that Ahsoka Tano, a Padawan of one of the most prominent Jedi Knights to fight in the Clone Wars, wouldn’t have at least heard of Jedi Master Yaddle (who is canonically a Yoda), but I guess everyone in Star Wars has notoriously short memories.

    But apart from that, I agree, great episode. I like the twin confrontations at the climax, Biehn/Mando with the old West duel, and Inosanto/Ahsoka with the Samurai showdown. Dawson killed it as Ahsoka, as I knew she would.

  32. I loved the look of this episode. Every shot was gorgeous. I loved how many shots were still and silent.

    I did not recognize Michael Biehn and it shames me. Something about him was familiar but it didn’t even bother me enough to think about looking in IMDb. When I saw his name in the credits I said “Michael Biehn!” outloud and rewound it to watch the showdown and immediately recognized him, so I don’t know what was up with me.

  33. I didn’t notice it was Biehn for a couple scenes. Just when I was thinking “I like this guy” I realized it.

  34. Biehn looks like Lee Majors now. There’s some sort of sand blasting procedure some actors go through that has them looking suspiciously alike.

  35. STAR WARS: VISIONS is pretty legit!

  36. I didn’t want to blow through them all in one day so I’ve only watched the first one, but it is excellent! The animation is great and it was so cool to see them push Star Wars stuff into a direct visual homage to samurai movies. I know this is anime anthology idea is a pre-existing format (done well with THE MATRIX and Batman) but it’s a pretty strong argument for how even if we must exist in today’s world of i.p.s and shared universes there’s more room than they’re using to let different directors use drastically different tones and do their own thing and trust that the annoying literalist weiners who are gonna complain about it will still buy a ticket anyway.

    Bonus points for Sebulba cameo.

  37. THE DUEL is my favourite so far (kind of wish they hadn’t led with that one as it’s so good), but I really liked THE NINTH JEDI. Some great twists and turns. Really enjoying this series.

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