Even after riotous outrage at George Lucas’ choice to add a horrible CGI Jabba the Hut into A New Hope, it seems like the filmmaker hasn’t learned his lesson. Instead, for the Blu Ray release of his film, Lucas is going to be replacing the puppet Yoda in The Phantom Menace with a completely CGI one, according to JoBlo.
Of course your initial reaction will be, “OH NO! HOW CAN HE DO THIS!?” But step back and really analyze the situation. Lucas isn’t replacing Yoda in every film, just Menace, and your first reaction to anything involving that film should be, “who cares?” It’s not a film you should pay to own since it’s already a horrible piece of shit. If Lucas really wants to improve his “film”, he should go through and replace the entire Gungan race, which wouldn’t be that difficult to do.
In the prequels, Yoda has already been turned into a lightsaber-wielding, wall-dancing ninja swordsman and 90% of the time he’s CGI already. So the real question has to be why, in the few scenes where Yoda isn’t CGI already, did they even bother with a puppet in the first place?
Make no mistake, I don’t think that going back and screwing with films is ever a great idea, unless we’re taking about classic restorations. However, this change to a movie that is already terrible isn’t going to change anything except take George Lucas down yet another peg in the eyes of his fans, if it’s even possible for him to be any lower.
Check out the two videos below to see the change.