Russian Phantom Menace poster proves that puppet Yoda is kaput

One of the best characters in the Star Wars saga is the grammar-challenged locus of all things Lightside, Yoda ... which is remarkable, considering he's a puppet. And in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, he was a creepy puppet.

But the Russian poster for the upcoming re-release reveals that the last of creepy puppet Yoda has been swept away.

George Lucas' crack team of digital tinkerers has already replaced the oddly disturbing Yoda on the Blu-ray edition of Star Wars I. But when Phantom Menace gets a 3-D re-release on Feb. 10, 2012, creepy puppet Yoda becomes an unsettling but distant memory.

The Russian poster, above, tells all: Yoda, looking younger and slightly sad, stands in the foreground of what looks to be the Jedi council chamber on Coruscant. It's as if he's warning us, "George Lucas, finished he is not."

George Lucas was accused of crimes against cinema when he reworked effects from the original Star Wars trilogy. But in the case of the second trilogy, there have been fewer complaints along the lines of "George Lucas ruined my childhood."

In fact, we dare to say that replacing creepy puppet Yoda with the technologically superior CGI Yoda is a change that brings out the best of the Jedi master.

Now all we need a Lucas-produced version of The Phantom Menace without Jar-Jar Binks, without other forms of racial insensitivity and—a particular nit of ours—a podrace that lasts only five minutes instead of an oh-gods-is-it-over-yet 10.

(via Coming Soon)

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