In Orlando, it seems like there's always a reason to celebrate the "Star Wars" films. Right now, we're in between sessions of Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Last summer, Celebration VI, a convention of all things Star Wars was the Orange County Convention Center. And the purchase of Lucasfilm by Walt Disney Co. last year will probably only intensify the local feelings for the franchise, hmmmmmmm?
So, talk like yoda, the little green Jedi who appeared in five of the six original films, you should, on May 21. It's the anniversary of the release of "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back," the first time mere mortals saw Yoda, yes?
Here are a few tips to get your Yoda on. It is hard not. (Some analysts say he has object-subject-verb issues. Judge him by his syntax, do you?)
•Put the subject and verb at the end of a sentence. "Subject and verb at the end of a sentence, you should put."
•Go oddly negative. "It's a small world, not, it is?"
•Tack on a hmmmmm. "It's a small world, not, it is, hmmmmm?"
•Add a yes at the end of a question. "Talk Like Yoda Day is a lot like Talk Like a Pirate Day … yes?"
•Higher and higher. Pitching your voice up a notch and using Valley Girl inflection at the end helps.
In the movies, Yoda was voiced by puppeteer Frank Oz, who is also the man behind Muppets such as Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy and Grover. He has a voice role in the upcoming Disney-Pixar "Monsters University." (The synergy, you feel, yes?)
But wait, there's more. Actor Warwick Davis, who walked for Yoda in some scenes of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" will be at Star Wars Weekend for the next two weekends, and Tom Kane, who voices Yoda for the animated TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," will be here June 7-9.