At first, it was Baby Groot. Now, Baby Yoda is nitpicking with the Gremlins?
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the 1984 film Gremlins’ and its 1990 sequel filmmaker, Joe Dante, said the well-known green-skinned The Mandalorian star nudged him of the vital creature in his films – maybe a little too extreme.
“I think the longevity of [Gremlins] is really key to this one character [Gizmo], who is essentially like a baby,” Dante said. “Which brings me, of course, to the subject of Baby Yoda, who is completely stolen and is just out-and-out copied. Shamelessly, I would think.”
The Chronicle did not further explain Dante’s comments but pointed out that the director “is not one to hold a grudge” and “isn’t thinking of suing Disney and Lucasfilm.”
Gizmo is the lead Mogwai character in Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. On the other hand, Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, was presented in the first episode of Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars spin-off series.
The cuteness and charisma of Baby Yoda has made him an online sensation and offered a massive merchandise opportunity.
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is coming to HBO Max this fall. The new movie will feature the voices of Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, and James Hong.
Baby Yoda revealed that he had similar problems dealing with a pop culture personality like Groot. On Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update in 2019, actor Kyle Mooney said he accepts that he “has his haters.”
“If I may, Baby Groot, do me a favor,” he cautioned. “Keep my name out of your little tree mouth before I snap you like a twig.”