The Mandalorian Crew's Biggest Worry About Baby Yoda Seems Kind Of Ridiculous Now

"People now look back and think it was like a slam dunk, but we were very cautious."
Grogu, otherwise known as Baby Yoda, is a beloved character in the Star Wars universe.
Grogu, otherwise known as Baby Yoda, is a beloved character in the Star Wars universe.
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One of the internet’s favorite creatures could have never seen the light of day.

Baby Yoda, whose real name is Grogu, came with an initial question mark for The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni.

He told Vanity Fair that the Disney+ series’ crew was “very cautious” at first about the decision to keep the character in the Star Wars series.

“Honestly, it’s something I never would’ve done because Yoda is Yoda,” Dave said.

“I think people now look back and think it was like a slam dunk, but we were very cautious. The amount of measuring, especially in the first season, for how we were framing this kid took a lot of effort.”

The character, introduced in 2019, has become a marketing success for the Star Wars franchise and its parent company Disney.

Since his debut, Baby Yoda has become the subject of numerous internet memes, waffle makers and Chia Pets. He’s also been parodied by comedian Kyle Mooney on Saturday Night Live and was a balloon in last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Baby Yoda was depicted in balloon form at last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Baby Yoda was depicted in balloon form at last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Beyond the debate over Baby Yoda’s inclusion in The Mandalorian, series creator and executive producer Jon Favreau showed “off-putting” concepts of the character to the magazine. There were different looks for the character until “one that finally clicked.”

“He had kind of a goofy, ugly look,” Favreau said. “We didn’t want him too cute.”

The two producers aren’t the only people to raise questions about the character.

(Caution: Spoilers ahead.)

The Vanity Fair piece also teased a number of upcoming Star Wars projects. A third season of The Mandalorian is expected to air at the end of this year or in early 2023.

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