CGI Yoda Gets 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' 3D Poster

December 20, 2011
Source: IMPAwards

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Whether you want it or not, the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is hitting theaters in February. However, with George Lucas' desire to keep changing his films years after completion, this release features at least one element not yet seen on the big screen in The Phantom Menace: a CGI Yoda replacing the puppet initially used when the film was released in 1999. The animated version of the character was used in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but has only been seen on the Blu-Ray release of Episode I until this Russian poster showed up reminding us of Lucas' meddling ways.

Here's the Russian poster featuring CGI Yoda from The Phantom Menace, via IMPAwards:

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D - Russian Yoda Poster

George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, originally released in late May of 1999, will be re-released in digital 3D in theaters everywhere starting February 10th early next year. This is the first of six planned re-releases for the entire Star Wars saga, progressing in numerical order (as long as this one is a success). Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a "galaxy far, far away," Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. The 3D conversion was supervised by Industrial Light & Magic.

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Curse you! Curse you! And all the halflings!

Xerxexx on Dec 20, 2011


There's nothing "glorious" about 3D... and the Phantom Menace!

Manuel on Dec 20, 2011


Hear, Hear! Even though I enjoyed PM the first time I saw it. Maul was awesome.

Xerxexx on Dec 20, 2011


My favourite character of the film was Qui-Gon Jinn and I doesn't hated Jar Jar so much.

Manuel on Dec 20, 2011


Qui-Gon was awesome.

Xerxexx on Dec 20, 2011


Maybe that's why Maul is the focus on the posters... to fool us all into believeing PM was cool afterall. Which it wasnt.

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011



Xerxexx on Dec 20, 2011


Ah, and watch all the pissed off whiny fanboys come flooding in. XD

Dean on Dec 20, 2011


We are already here can call us Legion for we are many.

Xerxexx on Dec 20, 2011



Jedi on Dec 20, 2011


Ummm... Is the Legion quote from Mass Effect 2... or did ME2 use a famous line from something?

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


Its a Biblical line. But it has been used in a bunch of different things...including ME2.

Xerxexx on Dec 21, 2011


I figured as much

Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011


Being a whiny fanboy is nothing to brag about. If you don't like Star Wars now then keep it to yourself. Nothing worse than someone who can't move on with their lives and insists on reminding everyone how miserable they are; and over a movie no less! God help those that care for you in your senior years.

Geoff on Jan 7, 2012


Hi, Dean. How are you today?

Manuel on Dec 20, 2011


I'll give this a pass....  The PM yoda in 1999 had shiny green Ninja turtle skin.  He Looked waaaaaaaay stupid.  At least this one looks true to the one in Empire.

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


The 1999 PM Muppet looked like a meth addict compared to the ESB version. I accept this change.

blester01 on Dec 20, 2011


LOLZ I was going to post Crack Head! Either way PM Yoda was f#_( tweakin hard man! Agree this Yoda looks eons better.

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


I hope this flops... so we don't get the other 5! -.-

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


Sorry to say there will be no escaping the release of the other five.  Even if they do horribly at the box office, Lucas will still release 538927 new versions on DVD/BluRay/3D BluRay.  It is our destiny.

Jedi on Dec 20, 2011


...and whatever format comes next. Of course the first film released on NextRay (or whatev) must be The Fifth Element. It's ALWAYS among the first batch and was ahead of it time.

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


Naturally you'll be forced to watch or buy them because Lucas has this amazing control over your free will, right?

Geoff on Jan 7, 2012


even if they did a cartoon version, millions will still watch this....

Jericho on Dec 20, 2011


No more. No More.

Crapola on Dec 20, 2011


Leave it to Lucas to not let anything remain untouched.

Marqwest on Dec 20, 2011


Unfortunately you're wrong. It's not because its popular to hate on George Lucas going back and changing how things looked or occurred in films  that we complain. It's only popular to do so because its so obviously fucked up. Especially with a situation like Greedo shooting first, it changes the whole introduction to Han, makes him leagues less bad ass. Or the storm troopers on the monster on Tatooine. Its a distracting gag. Georgey-boy is changing the aesthetic of these films, its just obnoxious.  Now he's doing it with a trilogy that no one gives a shit about, which kind of makes it worse. Its now adding more shit to what is already shit. Too much shit ain't good for you. Especially in a continuation of what used to be a golden franchise. 

Al on Dec 20, 2011


Listen here, Lucas doesn't care about you okay? He's grown up and realised there's another generation of kids that will pay money to see these films. Perhaps you should grow up too and let this anger go that you've let fester for, what, 20 or so years now? You really should take your own advice about the "too much shit ain't good for you" line, as it's starting to spill out.

Geoff on Jan 7, 2012


Not so much spat in our faces, but shat on his own legacy. Someone forgot that the 'magic' of movies usually lies on the imperfections, limitations of the time, budget, random mishaps, and unplanned moments of brilliance. Take Solo's line just before he was frozen in carbonite. Or how Lucas had to rely on the script and the actors' performances to get the audience to believe in all theses hokey religions and voodoo magic because the FX wasn't there.

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011


Oh you poor things, did big bad George upset your delicate little feelings? Get real, they are movies nothing more but obviously your lives seems to revolve around them. Just like you have the right to live your life the way you wish so has Lucas the right to do what he wants with his movies. Nobody is twisting your arms to watch them. Look, we all get it, just like the little boy/girl in kindergarten broke your heart so has Lucas with his movies. There there time to move on with your lives and find someone else. Your whining is becoming tedious. Every mention of Star Wars is followed by the collective howl of sooky sooky fanboys. Please! I really don't know how you've managed to carry on living for so long.

Geoff on Jan 7, 2012


I know it's hard living in world where trolls post childish rants on your comments 2 weeks after the fact...

Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012


A scifi film gave your childhood meaning? At least you can continue to give your life meaning with an array of Lucasfilm products.

Crapola on Dec 20, 2011


Where are about to celebrate the end of the year 2011's end and ILM dare to give us this shitty ugly Yoda?!! It seems that CGI sucks in the Star Wars saga.

jackal on Dec 21, 2011


- "where"   +"We're"

jackal on Dec 21, 2011


Rot in hell, Star Wars prequels and "special edition" trilogy.

Max Renn on Dec 21, 2011


awwwww.....:( I liked puppet Yoda better than the CGI one

Starwarsisaweseom on Dec 22, 2011


I agree that puppet was awful, especially compared to the CGI he used in the Ep2-3. Lucas is still a bit nuts but CGI Yoda in Ep1 was needed.

Shoked909 on Dec 26, 2011


CGI Yoda rocks!! But that said I would say that. 

Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012


George Lucas' meddling ways? They are his movies! Why don't you stop pretending to be another expert on how the star wars movies should be and appreciate that there is one editor/director out there in keeping his films up to date with the latest technology?

Tatooinegeek on Jan 12, 2012

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