Jon Favreau Clarifies That Baby Yoda Isn’t Actually Yoda As A Baby

There’s Baby Yoda confusion in the air.

Speaking to USA Today on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau set the record straight about the adorable green puppet: he’s not Yoda.

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“The series timeline takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’,” Favreau explained. “And fans of the original trilogy will remember that Yoda not only passes away but actually disappears. So Yoda exists as a force ghost.”

The writer-director also noted that the “Baby Yoda” name came about “because there’s no name for the Yoda species.”

“It’s the easiest, shortest, most hashtagable way to identify that character, which is identified in the episode as ‘The Child’.”

Asked whether Baby Yoda may in fact be a relative of the original Yoda, Favreau responded, “Well, now you’re getting into spoilers. I can’t say. But there are a lot of theories about that.”

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Favreau also explained why Baby Yoda toys and merchandise haven’t been available until very recently.

“Disney was nice enough to hold back the secret and the designs of the Baby Yoda character, which means that there weren’t toys available immediately. However, there are shirts and cool things like that that are available,” he said. “But I’ve seen the designs on the Baby Yoda dolls and toys and they’re really cool.”

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