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Yoda

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Yoda with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Star Wars

Yoda is the most legendary Jedi in the Star Wars universe. He is timeless and the wisdom and knowledge he possesses is invaluable.  He also is known for his 'backwards' speech patterns.

In all of the live-action films, Frank Oz has provided the voice. Tom Kane has been the 'animated' or 'video game' voice of Yoda.  Muppet Babies star, Greg Berg dubbed the voice of Yoda in one episode of Muppet Babies.
Created by OptimusSolo on Oct 5 2010
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Muppet Babies (1984)
YodaGreg Berg
Greg Berg
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1993)
YodaPeter McConnell
Peter McConnell
Star Wars: Rebellion (1998)
YodaTony Pope
Tony Pope
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
YodaFrank Oz
Frank Oz
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
YodaTom Kane
Tom Kane

EDITOR'S OPINION

This one is fairly easy in my opinion. Frank Oz IS Yoda end of sentence.

1st: Oz, 2nd: Kane, 3rd: Berg


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TheDayman
said at 6:01 PM on Sat Jan 6 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz is number one obviously. I do love Tom Kane, but he sounds off in the newest Battlefront.
thecartoonfan123
said at 6:46 PM on Sun Dec 31 2017
1. Frank
2. Tony
3. Greg
4. Tom
5. Peter
Ghosty404
said at 11:56 AM on Sat Dec 16 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz is THE character here. He gives Yoda this atmosphere of a goofy yet wise Jedi master who gives Luke the training he needs. His voice is pretty fun to imitate, even if it’s just an elder Grover.

Tom Kane is a good replacement, but I liked him better in the 03 series than recently. I don’t know, I think he shouldn’t sound too serious.

Tony Pope has the voice right, but maybe it’s a little too high and goofy. Still, he gets the wise part well.

Greg Berg is basically Fozzie Bear except way goofier. It works for the show, I suppose.

Peter McConnell sounds way too gruff and hoarse, not a good Yoda. Also the song gives me nightmares.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:09 AM on Fri Dec 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!
VC thoughts update

For me, it's a tie between John Lithgow and Frank Oz. John did a fantastic emulation of Frank in the NPR radio dramas, but he also made the role his own. He really nailed the goofiness of Yoda when Luke firat met him, and then he managed to make the change into a wise and stern Jedi master really well. It's one of John's most unique roles and I wish he could reprise it.

Frank Oz is really iconic and with good reason. He just nails the character's wisdom and sagely qualities and he also added quite a bit of humor on some scenes.

Tom Kane does a good impression of Frank, but I felt that his delivery could get a bit weird at times (especially in this clip).

Greg Berg works for what Muppet Babies was going for.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:06 PM on Fri Dec 15 2017
Tony Pope is okay, but he sounds kinda weird.
Starscreamsfan
said at 1:37 PM on Fri Dec 15 2017
Peter McConnell leaves little to no impression on me. He's at the bottom.
WrightWay
said at 7:02 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Frank Oz
2. Tom Kane
3. Greg Berg

Frank Oz originated the voice and made the character sound both wise as well as knowledgeable at the same time as a mentor of sorts, Tom Kane channels his performance well but is slightly deeper, and Greg Berg's performance is pretty much a silly, parody like rendition of the character.
wdf1
said at 10:53 AM on Mon Jan 9 2017
1. Frank Oz
2. Tom Kane
Francesco92e
said at 2:23 PM on Tue May 24 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz hands down: legendary, wise and funny. And I don't know if I'm talking about him or Yoda xd
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:55 PM on Sun Apr 24 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Oh, this is tough. Can't decide between Frank Oz and Tom Kane.
Autovolt
said at 1:25 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
 9 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz is definitely the best Yoda. He gave us the unique distinct voice and speaking pattern he has or rather speaking pattern, unique distinct voice he has. *sweats* Yoda speak isn't that easy. It was such a treat that he reprised for Rebels when they could have just got Tom Kane to come back and go to lunch.

Speaking of which Tom Kane is also pretty dang good as Yoda if I do say so myself. He's deeper and more calm but its still a great impression. He did a fantastic job in both Clone Wars cartoons and the Lego Star Wars specials.

Greg Berg is just hilarious, yeah he does sound too silly sounding but It's the Muppet Babies so I can't really fault it.

Even though he isn't here, Peter Kelamis does a decent Yoda.

and finally I really want to check out the NPR Radio Drama now since apparently John Lithgow had voice Yoda in it. That's such a bizarre casting but I've got to hear it someday. Lithgow is a great actor so it should be interesting to say the least.

I shall be voting for Frank Oz.
Ghosty404
said at 2:17 PM on Wed Jan 20 2016
@Autovolt If Eric Jacobson counts ( http://youtu.be/XWVA76BdU7s at 1:11), I'd say he'd be below Kane but above Greg.

Not bad for Oz's successor, but he could pull off a better Yoda if Oz and Kane are gone. Right now it just sounds like Fozzie.
lnytune1
said at 12:45 PM on Mon Jan 4 2016
I'm just going to be the first one to say that I don't like Yoda's voice in general. It's just so weirdly forced and...just...weird. Wise it does not sound. Very awkward it is.
Dr.Who
said at 7:22 PM on Fri Dec 18 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz all the way, but Tom Kane is a pretty good replacement, and Greg...well, it was hilarious for the wrong reasons, at least.
GreatfulGert
said at 9:28 PM on Sun Oct 4 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Oh my gosh, Greg made me laugh, Lol. I think Tom Kane did it best, even though Oz was the original.
GoboFraggle1983
said at 9:50 AM on Sat Sep 19 2015
Once again, hard to choose, because they're all superb, but Frank Oz really takes it home.
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:19 AM on Thu May 14 2015
1) John Lithgow (NPR's Empire and Jedi dramas)
2) Frank Oz
3) Tom Kane
4) Greg Berg
Bdub13
said at 11:38 AM on Wed Jan 7 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz is Yoda, there is nothing else to say really.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:08 AM on Sat May 3 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz was the originator so of course I have to go with him. I do like Tom Kane. I think he is very good as Yoda.
Guy110
said at 7:05 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz is Yoda, we can all agree on that. I'm gonna be that one guy, though, and say that Tom Kane was actually not a half bad replacement.
JTurner
said at 12:03 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
Frank Oz, my choice is. Yoda, he defined. One of the most memorable characters in the STAR WARS saga, Oz made him. (Hey, I'm talking just like Yoda while writing this!)
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:12 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
Editor's opinion says it all.
Finister2
said at 2:26 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
I wonder if Jeff Bennett would make a good Yoda?
Ross123
said at 7:01 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Finister2 I never thought about it but it's a good idea as Jeff does well in almost all his roles + he has an excellent voice.
Ross123
said at 11:59 AM on Sun Sep 22 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz 4ever no matter who voices yoda.

Tom is good but never will be the best.

Greg just sucks.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 8:03 PM on Sun Jun 9 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Here's one thing I don't get. Why is Greg Berg on here. I mean wasn't the Muppet Babies Yoda is consider to be a parody character. If so then why is he on here. I thought We don't include parodies in voice compares. Other then that here's my rank;

1. Frank Oz
2. Tom Kane
3. Greg Berg
Bauglir100
said at 11:45 AM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@WWEFAN12ization For that matter, why are we including voices of characters from "Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles" in the Voice Compares of this franchise? Those are clearly meant to be parodies, and nothing serious.

Granted, I personally don't have a problem with it, and it does add more variety, but it does seem a tad inconsistent with the site's policy.
Ghosty404
said at 11:24 AM on Sun Jan 1 2017
@WWEFAN12ization He's probably there cause Disney owns Marvel (who created/produced Muppet Babies) and Lucasarts (obvious)
VctrBnsn
said at 3:11 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz is classic, and Tom Kane is a great replacement. See, he has range. Greg Berg sounds like Fozzy Bear :-P
GerPer92
said at 5:15 AM on Sat Oct 27 2012
Kane sounds way too forced in my ears. Nothing beats the Original.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 6:47 PM on Thu Mar 15 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Oz. Tom Kane's Yoda is kinda....iffy. Greg Berg's Yoda.....um....yeah.
Nick102
said at 3:36 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
Nothing beats Frank Oz.
RabidSonicFan
said at 8:03 PM on Thu Dec 15 2011
My favorite is the original, Frank Oz. Tom Kane is a decent stand-in, though (but Greg Berg on the other hand...).
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:50 AM on Mon Nov 14 2011
 5 Shout Outs!
Frank Oz of course, though Tom Kane is pretty good as well.
disneyphilip
said at 7:59 AM on Fri Nov 4 2011
Frank Oz for sure, but Tom Kane makes a great stand-in for him.
StarShooter
said at 2:56 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
Frank Oz, of course.
Metabad
said at 7:40 PM on Mon Sep 19 2011
 8 Shout Outs!
I'm voting for Frank Oz, without him we wouldn't have the iconic Yoda voice that all the other actors imitate for him.

Tom Kane, for what its worth, does do a pretty good impersonation of him.

...and why the heck was he in Muppet Babies? O_o
SupremeTarantulas
said at 10:50 PM on Fri Mar 4 2011
 5 Shout Outs!
2 clips of oz you should have. Different for the prequels his voice was.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:44 PM on Mon May 30 2011
@pete It wasn't really that different.

Anyway, I'm voting for Frank Oz, but Tom Kane is also a really good replacement. Greg Berg is too goofy, but what can you expect since it's not the most serious interpretation.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 4:36 PM on Tue May 31 2011
@NCZ It was jst ind of goofy in the originals in the prquels it was more serious like II AND III
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:12 AM on Thu Oct 18 2012
@NCZ Is Greg Berg's a parody why's he on here?
SupremeTarantulas
said at 5:00 PM on Fri Oct 19 2012
@pete If*
Ghosty404
said at 5:47 PM on Wed Dec 6 2017
@SupremeTarantulas Very very late, but Disney owns Marvel (animated Muppet Babies), The Muppets, AND Lucasfilms, right? I think in hindsight, it sounds like it could be declassified as a parody.
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