Back when I interviewed Dave Filoni about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we spoke for a long time regarding the series’ themes, its final broadcast season, and its legacy. I included almost everything we discussed in the final three-part piece…except for one brief exchange that had to remain on the cutting room floor: our talk about the Lost Missions’ Yoda arc, which at the time, was a little too spoilery to publish. Now that the episodes are out on Netflix for everyone to enjoy, I’m really happy to share his thoughts on this essential story.
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The thing about life-changing experiences is that you never know when they’re going to happen. For sculptor Lawrence Noble, it came in a darkened theater watching an advance screening of The Empire Strikes Back, seated next to his longtime friend and fellow artist John Alvin. And it happened because of a major and risky gamble by George Lucas.
Yoda was going to be the heart and soul of Empire. But could a puppet carry that large a burden? With the creation of creature master Stuart Freeborn and the incredible puppetry and voice of Frank Oz, Yoda not only worked but was magical!
Speed forward nearly 34 years, and the iconic Yoda statue that graces a fountain at Lucasfilm’s headquarters at San Francisco’s Presidio, as well as three other monumental bronzes created by Noble, has brought him, George Lucas and the late landscape architect on the project, Lawrence Halprin, the prestigious Henry Hering Memorial Medal for Art and Architecture for 2014, awarded by the National Sculptural Society, founded in New York in 1893. The award is given for outstanding collaboration between owner, architect, and sculptor in the distinguished use of sculpture in an architectural project.
For a talented artist as well as a diehard Star Wars fan, the award couldn’t be more gratifying for Noble, who is currently San Francisco Academy of Art University’s Sculpture Chair. Noble’s father was a fan of science fiction and fantasy, and the first time Lawrence saw Star Wars it blew him away. “It hit me on so many levels — certainly including the visual one.”
We’ve talked in the past the influence of Akira Kurosawa’s films on Star Wars, but I think the one that’s had the most consistent influence has been Seven Samurai. Seven Samurai, released in 1954, tells the story of a group of peasant rice farmers terrorized by bandits. When the bandits come too early in the season, they inform the impoverished farmers of their plans to return soon to loot their food. Instead of yielding, as they had every time in the past, they decide to hire samurai to protect them and find a misfit band of masterless samurai to defend them.
Bantha Tracks, the newsletter that has been “By the Fans; For the Fans” since it was reintroduced almost eleven years ago in 2002, receives contributions of Star Wars art from fans of all ages. We wanted to share submissions here as well as in Star Wars Insider magazine, where Bantha Tracks is a regular feature.
To learn more about Insider go to http://titanmagazines.com/t/star-wars-insider/.
To submit your art, photographs, and Star Wars fan stories to Bantha Tracks, follow the submission guidelines below.
Speaking of handmade, some of the fans really thinking outside the box are the ones who have started from a blank page, pen in hand. The sky’s the limit when you’re drawing your own Hoth or Artoo, and these illustrated scenes bring all kinds of imagination to the Star Wars Uncut project.
Check out some of our favorite recent illustrated remakes after the jump and maybe try your own.
Of the many memories and impressions that are dear to my heart from Star Wars Celebration II, these two come to mind immediately: what Star Wars fans contributed to the show, and Yoda.
First, about Yoda… What we at Lucasfilm knew, and what the audience in the Indiana Convention Center had not seen, was that Yoda would have his first real lightsaber fight in the upcoming Attack of the Clones. We’d not released any clips of the Jedi Master in action before the show, having saved the excitement for those seeing it first on the big screen.
I grew up on Dagobah. Or, the next best thing: Florida. Our Jedi training was slightly different (we paddled boats instead of lifting X-wings) and we had no Yodas to guide us (manatees aren’t good instructors), but we did have an awesome swamp for a backyard.
I’ll admit it…I’m a coffee lover. Whether it’s a Dark Side Roast or a Coruscant Blend, I always look forward to my cup of caffeinated bliss. In fact, I quickly turn from Jedi to Sith if I don’t have my usual morning cup o’ Joe. But sometimes my local coffee shop makes my latte hotter than Mustafar! So in order to cool my hands and show a little Star Wars flair, I decided to make a reusable coffee cup cozy. I think this eco-friendly Yoda cozy is a great way to go “green.” (In more ways than one!)