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22 Important Things You Should Know About Yoda

Stuart Freeborn, the British make-up artist who designed Yoda, has died. Miss you we will. Here are some intriguing facts about Freeborn's most famous creation.

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4. What IS Yoda? Nobody knows. Not even George Lucas

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Or if he does, he's not telling. Yoda's race and home world have never been revealed, and he is merely said to be of a "species unknown" by the Star Wars Databank.

6. The voice of Yoda was provided by Frank Oz, who also voiced Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in "The Muppets", as well as Cookie Monster in "Sesame Street"

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George Lucas was so impressed by Oz's performance as Yoda that he tried to get him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

7. Yoda's speech patterns have been studied by academic linguists

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They found that "Yodic" has object–subject–verb syntax, which is rare in the real world, but is a feature of some Amazonian languages, such as Xavante.

8. But if he spoke using regular syntax, it'd sound like this

9. In 2007, "Empire" magazine named Yoda the 25th greatest movie character of all time

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According to the British magazine:

"That there's barely a kid in the known universe who can't identify Yoda's quirky syntax speaks volumes. It's a stroke of genius to introduce the Jedi master, a two-foot high alien with what appears to be mild dementia (although you try keeping it together living alone of Dagobah for 20 odd years), well before revealing who he actually is, and he quickly goes from being cute, to integral, to unforgettable. A perfect cinematic creation."

16. He can even give you driving directions. There is a 'Yoda voice' option for TomTom GPS

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20. Even biologists love him

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There is a species of ocean-dwelling acorn worm named after Yoda. Yoda Purpurata, to be precise. It lives a mile beneath the surface. Scientists named it after the Star Wars character when they realized its floppy appendages reminded them of Yoda's ears.

22. But the best Yoda fact of all? He's getting his own spin-off movie!

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It's one of a suite of upcoming Star Wars films that Disney just confirmed. According to Ain't It Cool Editor Harry Knowles:

To start with, they're going to focus on established characters and do solo films. The first standalone film is going to centre upon Yoda. At this stage, specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a Star Wars slate. I've also heard tale of a Jabba story that Lucas has floated to some of his buddies. But word is Yoda is first.

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