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A significant addition to Star Wars Rebels and some new analysis of The Force Awakens trailer are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Read about the following:

  • Yoda will be on Star Wars Rebels, voiced by Frank Oz.
  • Maisie Richardson-Sellers confirms and discusses her appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Watch the Disney XD Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer featurette.
  • Mark Hamill talks about drone precautions on the set of The Force Awakens.
  • See high res versions of The Force Awakens trading cards.
  • The speed of The Force Awakens TIE Fighters is explored.

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Above you can see two pieces of concept art for Yoda, designed during the development of Empire Strikes Back. Its almost impossible to imagine Yoda as a blue gnome creature with pointy toes, but that was George Lucas’ initial conception of the wise old master Jedi. I’m always fascinated by these kind of “what ifs.”

What might have been if one little decision was different than what we have come to know and expect. Its hard not to imagine Yoda as a fragile little green creature with pointy ears, just as much as its hard to imagine Yoda with a different voice than the one puppeteer Frank Oz provided for the character — but even that was not the original plan.

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Ken Taylor Mondo Show

Few artists in the poster world are as in demand as Ken Taylor. The Australian artist is not only one of the most popular names on the Mondo roster, he does posters for many of the biggest bands touring today. Taylor’s gorgeous, realistic, striking style has made instant collectibles of posters for Halloween, Alice in Wonderland, Man of Steel, Jurassic Park, and Breaking BadNow he’s tackling even more.

Though Taylor had a paired show at Mondo last year, and triple at Phone Booth the year before that, on May 30, he’s soon having his first solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The show, simply called The Art of Ken Taylor, will feature posters for lots of recognizable films, many of which Mondo has never tackled before.

To whet your whistle, we’re excited to exclusively debut Taylor’s poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men and also a take on Frank Oz‘s musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Read more about the solo Ken Taylor Mondo show below. Read More »

Pixar gives up new footage from its latest sequel in this trailer for Monsters University. Starting off with a classic bit of “arriving at college” footage, we’re introduced to the institution in which Mike and Sully meet, form a rivalry, and eventually become friends. It doesn’t look quite as warm and fuzzy as the original film was, but there’s enough of Pixar’s gorgeous animation to make it a treat to look at.

The new and returning cast includes John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Kelsey Grammer, Frank Oz, Ken Jeong, John Ratzenberger and J.B. Smoove, and you’ll hear many of them here, along with an unexpected blast of rock from 1989. Read More »

And you thought we had a lot to discuss when we thought Disney was just planning a new trilogy. Now that the studio’s announced it’s developing spinoffs as well, there’s more rumor and speculation than ever before. After the jump:

  • Joe Johnston thinks J.J. Abrams is a perfect pick for the franchise,
  • Zen Studios announces a Star Wars Pinball game,
  • No, Walter Bishop is not the villain of Episode VII,
  • Frank Oz would “absolutely” like to play Yoda again.
  • and George Lucas could sell his 2% stake in Disney.

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Everyone has an opinion in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Zachary Quinto and Roberto Orci are happy for J.J. Abrams,
  • Read the official statement from Disney announcing the spinoffs,
  • Author Timothy Zahn has thoughts on young Han Solo casting,
  • Check out an epic, action-packed fan-made trailer for Episode VII,
  • And legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn has died at the age of 98.

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There’s only so much that we can get out of seeing a 3D trailer in 2D, especially when the film in question is something as well-known as The Phantom Menace. But on the off chance you didn’t see the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D on screens this weekend in front of The Three Musketeers, you can now check it out below. Read More »

Is Muppet-land plagued by some discontent? The Muppets were last on the big screen in Muppets in Space in 1999, and since Disney bought the character stable in 2004 the company has been trying to come up with a way to re-launch the Muppets as a vital brand.

The company eventually settled on The Muppets, written by big-time Muppet fan Jason Segel and his creative partner Nicholas Stoller. But while a series of film-parodying teasers and a couple of great full-on trailers have done a lot to build an audience, some of the old-school Muppet crew isn’t convinced that the film is treating the characters well. Read More »

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