Baby Yoda has taken the internet by storm.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau talks about the now-beloved character for the Disney+ series.
“He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet,” Favreau explains. “I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow the character to keep the same identity and charm.”
Favreau also teased, “We’ll learn more about him over the course of the season.”
Speaking about the mysterious origins of Baby Yoda, Favreau said that he owes a lot to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas for keeping much about the original Yoda a secret.
“I think what’s great about what George created is that Yoda proper, the character that we grew up watching, was always shrouded in mystery, and that was what made him so archetypal and so mythic,” he said. “We know who he is based on his behavior and what he stands for, but we don’t know a lot of details about where he comes from or his species. I think that’s why people are so curious about this little one of the same species.”
Favreau also talked about Baby Yoda being kept a secret in the lead-up to the series premiere, without any appearances in the press or marketing.
“I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that’s becoming all too rare,” he explained. “It’s very difficult to keep secrets about projects you’re working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character, because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like.”