Frank Oz has been performing and directing for decades. With credits including Sesame Street, the Muppets franchise, and the Star Wars franchise, it’s hard to argue the man’s contributions to our childhoods through his storytelling.
While recently speaking at an SXSW event, the veteran filmmaker, puppeteer, and voice actor discussed his lengthy career, including the existing state of a handful of beloved TV series and films.
Unfortunately Sesame Street is only a shadow of what it was because now they’re just aiming it to little kids. And I’m unhappy about that. I would like to be there. I used to go like two days a year just to show everybody how it used to be.
Oz also discussed his experience working on the Muppets films and how the latest generation of films aren’t as connected to their predecessors as he would like.
I thought the first one was really smarmy. These are my brothers and sisters working in the movie and they didn’t have a good time. When we did movies, we had a great time because Jim was collaborative. That is not what happened in the first movie. I thought there was wonderful things in it but in general… I start to vomit when things get oversentimental and sweet. It’s all because Disney doesn’t understand purity.
And if he didn’t upset enough people with those comments, Oz had to pile on a bit more. Even though some (a lot) of fans didn’t care for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Frank Oz apparently loves it.
I love the movie. All the people who don’t like this Jedi thing is just horse crap. It’s about expectations. The movie didn’t fill their expectations. But as filmmakers, we’re not here to fulfill people’s expectations.
Well, there you have it from Yoda himself. Do you agree? Should filmmakers strive to fulfill expectations, especially on franchise films like Star Wars, or should they be free to go their own way? Let us know in the comments below!