Saturday, April 28, 2012

Yoda

As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out Lee’s blog to find more bloggers taking on this challenge!
Yoda

“Do or do not. There is no try.” Love that quote and love the character. Jim Henson was an incredible genius. I LOVED the Muppets when they were on when I was a kid – Animal, Fozzie, Beaker, Pigs in Space... Fabulous characters and stories. When I heard Henson was going to be responsible for a character in the Star Wars series, I was beyond thrilled. And Yoda met every expectation.
Are you a muppet/puppet fan? Who is your favourite?

48 comments:

  1. I love that quote, too, because Yoda said and because it is so true. You do either do something or not.

    Jessica
    A to Z Blogger & SF/Fantasy Writer @ Visions of Other Worlds

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  2. I'm doing Yoda today too. :0 Cheers to creepy little puppet guys! ;)

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  3. I enjoyed your post but alas I am not a muppet/puppet fan.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Kermit was my favorite growing up. When I became a Dad, I took a liking to Grover. I was also big on the Cookie Monster for a while, but I understand he's gone to veggies, which I think is a real shame. I'm all for character development, but there are probably more 'teachable moments' they could have with Cookie Monster.

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  5. I loved little Yoda. Wow...can you believe it Jemi? You're almost done with A-Z!

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  6. Jessica - I often put Yoda's quote up in my classroom - it's so good!

    Pk - exactly! Creepy little puppet guys rock! :)

    Yvonne - not everyone is - but I loved the Muppets :)

    Jeff - I'm so glad my kids got to know Cookie Monster when he still liked cookies! So sad he's become so correct!

    Yvonne O - Yoda really was awesome! Hard to believe, isn't it - almost there!!! :)

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  7. Oh yeah, big Muppet fan! Animal was my favorite.

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  8. Yoda is awesome. My favorite. And I love that quote. It's a mantra for all of us writers, that's for sure. Now, if I could just lift that X-Wing out of the swamp by using the Force. :)

    Oh, and stop by my blog when you get a chance. I've posted the trailer for The Wild Wood (coming June 29th to an Amazon.com near you), and I'd love to know what you think. :)

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  9. Alex - loved Animal - he was so much fun!! :)

    Julie - I'm still working of lifting that x-wing too! I'm on my way over - can't wait to see the trailer :)

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  10. I love Yoda and Muppets! I enjoyed the latest Muppet movie. And that Yoda quote is so classic and so true.

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  11. Shelley - Yoda is brilliant - as are the other muppets. Henson = genius!

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  12. gosh, never heard that quote before...negates the signs I have in my classroom that say 'I Can' or 'I will try!' something I will ponder...don't you have to dtr to actually do it?
    Yes, I like the Muppets...

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  13. Tracy - I know! it made me think far too deeply than it was supposed to! :)

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  14. Yoda's terrific. And I always loved the Muppets!

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  15. I want to be Yoda when I grow up--um not look like him, but gain his wisdom.

    Just wanted to make that clear.

    T

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  16. Beth - they are truly awesome, aren't they? :)

    Teresa - yeah, gotta make that clear! I'd like a little of that wisdom too :)

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  17. That's one of my favorite quotes! And I had no idea Jim Henson created that character.

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  18. I am such a Muppet fan! Jim Henson was brilliant, the way he created this memorable characters that just live on, like Yoda.

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  19. Love the Muppets. My favorite is Kermit

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  20. “Do or do not. There is no try.”

    Great quote!

    Kermit was one of my favorite Muppets characters.

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  21. Perseverance is definitely an important trait. But letting go is also equally important. One needs to understand when something is impossible.

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  22. Julie - Henson was brilliant! I love everything he did.

    Karen - exactly! His creations have staying power. I'm sure the Muppets will still be watchable decades from now!

    Gossip Girl - Kermit is a great choice. I love his rainbow connection song!

    Susanne - it is a great quote - great writers, those Star Wars folks!

    Amy - agreed! :)

    Michael - true - but I think many, many people quit because something's hard, not because it's impossible!

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  23. I'm not a bit muppet fan but Yoda was special.

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  24. Susan - Yoda really was special! I think even non-sf fans like Yoda! :)

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  25. Yoda is the best, but I do love Beaker too.

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  26. Yoda is super cool. Of the muppets, I think my favourite is the bald-headed eagle.

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  27. I always wonder who these characters influence and how they change people's lives. Yoda certainly had widespread influence the minute he appeared. His philosophy (Henson-philosophy) has circled the globe. Now that's amazing.

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  28. SL - Beaker is such fun! Poor little guy never escaped unscathed :)

    Lynda - the Eagle was great - so dignified!! :)

    Lee - it really is! Henson will live on for a very, very long time through Yoda (and his other work too). His world view was amazing!

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  29. One of my favorites is Yoda, yes he is. I was a Count and Cookie Monster fan as a kid. Have you ever seen Farscape? Some awesome sci-fi adult muppets there.

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  30. Christine - Yoda is awesome! Also the count and cookie! I saw Farscape ages and ages ago. I remember loving it, but don't remember much about it. I'll have to check it out again :)

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  31. I am a fan! I've always been partial to The Dark Crystal. Was that Henson?

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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  32. Shannon - I'm not sure! I remember it, but I can't remember who the creator was!

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  33. Mine is a little bit of a toss-up ... I adore Elmo but there is just something appealing about Oscar the Grouch! :)

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  34. I love Yoda!

    And I use that quote as one of my Quotes of the Day in my classroom. The students love it!

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  35. Love! Must admit, though, that Yoda kinda creeped me out.

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  36. Pat - Kermit is a great choice! :)

    Beth - great choices! I had a stuffed Oscar when I was younger - loved him :)

    Stephanie - me too! My kids love my daily quotes!

    Talli - my sister feels the same way, so you're not alone!

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  37. Now you're talking. I love Yoda. That quote is brilliant. I also adore Fozzie Bear with his "Hiya, hiya, hiya!" Not as profound as Yoda but fun nevertheless.

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  38. Rosalind - yay! one we both love! Fozzie is so awesome - gotta love that personality :)

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  39. Great Yoda post today, Jemi! And love that quote!

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  40. Best. Yoda. Quote. Ever.

    My favorite muppets were always the two old grumpy men. :)

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  41. Nas - thanks! It's one of my favourites :)

    Karen - it really is! Oh! Love those 2 grumpy old farts! Great choice :)

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  42. Hi Jemi,

    Thanks for letting me know about my Twitter account. It was indeed hacked. Darn spammers!

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  43. I had no idea that Jim Henson created Yoda! Very cool.

    I loved the two old men on the muppets.

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  44. Steph - you're very welcome - it didn't sound like you!

    Sharon - Henson was a genius! I loved those grumpy old men too! :

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  45. Yay for Yoda. I used him as my Y as well. Couldn't resist. I love everything Muppet. I just bought the Blu-ray of The Muppets. I was so inspired by the Muppets that I almost changed my major from acting to puppetry. I get all teary whenever I hear "Rainbow Connection."

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  46. Leslie - I love the Muppets too! Rainbow Connection rocks - one of my favourites. That would be cool to study puppetry :)

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