Frank Oz on Muppets, puppets and CG Yoda

The famed voice actor and director sits down for a chat at SXSW.


Frank Oz needs no introduction. He's voiced iconic characters like Yoda and Miss Piggy and directed classic films like Little Shop of Horrors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His impact extends far beyond geek circles; he's a creative legend in Hollywood. I had a chance to chat with Oz at SXSW this week about his upcoming documentary, Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched.

As he explains it, the film is the first time several core Muppet puppeteers had a chance to sit down and dish about their experience with the series. Of course, I couldn't help but ask about his entire career. We discussed how he managed to pull off scenes in The Muppet Movie and Little Shop of Horrors as well as how CG compares to traditional puppetry. And yes, I asked him about CG Yoda as well as if the character will be making a return in Star Wars.

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