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    Article: Yoda impressions no more: Frank Oz tells Star Wars fans he won't do the voic

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    Given his attitude toward the recent Muppets movie, I'd say Oz is turning into a grumpy old man.

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    The article is misleading though. The first part is talking about Alec Guiness. But doesn't mention that til 3 paragraphs in after the massive picture of Frank Oz and Yoda. And the title of the article makes it sound like he's not willing to do the voice anymore at all. I can understand him not wanting to be asked to do Yoda or any of the Muppet voices by fans. It's gotta get annoying after a while. But it's clear he's happy to talk about the characters. He's certainly not as cranky and asshatty as Alec Guiness was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Given his attitude toward the recent Muppets movie, I'd say Oz is turning into a grumpy old man.
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    I was also considering his refusal to voice any characters in the new Muppets movie because it wasn't "his" Muppets. (Seemed more like the real Muppets than the last couple of movies, Oz or no Oz.)
    The last few Muppet movies have all been bad. After Jim died, it just hasn't been the same. The most recent piece of tripe wasn't a Muppet movie at all, it was a Jason Segel movie that the Muppets co-starred in.

    Now that I'm done ranting, I don't really blame Frank for not doing the voices. It's one thing if he does a few Muppet performances on stage at a convention or something, or if a fan recognizes him and just has to walk up and say hi (which is pushing the line a bit to me), but when the guy's out having dinner and someone asks him to do Yoda... I belive I'd have to smack someone for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus282 View Post
    The last few Muppet movies have all been bad. After Jim died, it just hasn't been the same. The most recent piece of tripe wasn't a Muppet movie at all, it was a Jason Segel movie that the Muppets co-starred in.

    Now that I'm done ranting, I don't really blame Frank for not doing the voices. It's one thing if he does a few Muppet performances on stage at a convention or something, or if a fan recognizes him and just has to walk up and say hi (which is pushing the line a bit to me), but when the guy's out having dinner and someone asks him to do Yoda... I belive I'd have to smack someone for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    I liked Muppets from Space, that movie had the originals' heart.
    Muppets from Space was definately one of the better post-Jim efforts, but it's still missing something for me. I've gone into every Muppet related project hoping they'd be wonderful, but everything after Jim died just seems to miss the mark. Sometimes it's close (Dinosaurs) and other times it's just not worth the effort of filming (Muppet Treasure Island). I guess it's all subjective, but I'm going to blame my opinions on spending way too much of my childhood in front of an old CRT television watching the Muppet Show and Saturday Afternoon Movie airings of the Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Sitting through them with my own kids has given me the opportunity to laugh at all the jokes I missed because they weren't aimed at me at that time. Maybe I'm just too old now to appreciate them on the level of a child as well as that of a parent, or maybe they just don't make them like they used to. Either way, I'll keep watching them as long as they keep making them.

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    IMO, The Muppet Movie is fantastic, but Great Muppet Caper and Muppets Take Manhattan are both guilty of being lesser products - I remember feeling that way in the theaters when they first came out, and I was a little kid at the time. They're not bad, but they are I think examples of diminishing returns, and Muppets from Space outshines Muppets Take Manhattan simply by having more heart.
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    Honestly, I don't blame either one of them. Just because they starred in some extremely popular movies doesn't meant that they are obligated to "perform" for over-enthusiastic fans at the drop of a hat for the rest of their natural lives.

    I don't see either of them as "ungrateful, grumpy old men" I actually see "fans" who have no regard whatsoever for other people's privacy.

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    I was also considering his refusal to voice any characters in the new Muppets movie because it wasn't "his" Muppets. (Seemed more like the real Muppets than the last couple of movies, Oz or no Oz.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    Honestly, I don't blame either one of them. Just because they starred in some extremely popular movies doesn't meant that they are obligated to "perform" for over-enthusiastic fans at the drop of a hat for the rest of their natural lives.

    I don't see either of them as "ungrateful, grumpy old men" I actually see "fans" who have no regard whatsoever for other people's privacy.
    In Alec Guiness' case it was just being an "grumpy old man". When you make children cry you've gone too far.
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