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Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

'Gremlins' director thinks Baby Yoda was copied from Gizmo the Mogwai

(CNN)Before we all fawned over the impossibly cute Grogu/Baby Yoda in the first episode of "The Mandalorian," another big-eared, sweet-natured creature had already weaseled his way into our hearts.

Gizmo the Mogwai, the fuzzy, wide-eyed puppet, is undoubtedly the star of 1984's horror-comedy "Gremlins" and its sequel. And more than 30 years after the original film's debut, "Gremlins" director Joe Dante told the San Francisco Chronicle that he thinks Grogu, whom audiences met in 2019, was entirely based on the lovable Gizmo.

"Baby Yoda ... is completely stolen and just out-and-out copied" from the cutest character in "Gremlins," Dante told the Chronicle ahead of a screening of both "Gremlins" films. "Shamelessly, I would think."The two aliens certainly share more than a few similarities: Physically, they've both got protruding ears that are disproportionately large to their diminutive frames; they communicate in coos and gurgles and they fiercely defend the father figures in their lives. (It's not clear whether Grogu goes bananas if he's doused with water, though his predecessor Yoda lived on the swampy planet of Dagobah and only went mildly mad, so he may not share this with Gizmo.)
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

Outside the fact that Grogu is a different take on Yoda who came out 4 years before Gremlins my biggest takeaway from this is that Joe Dante apparently thinks Gizmo is an alien?!
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

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Outside the fact that Grogu is a different take on Yoda who came out 4 years before Gremlins my biggest takeaway from this is that Joe Dante apparently thinks Gizmo is an alien?!
I smell Prequel!
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

^ So Grogu and Mogwai have a kid and it's pre-gremlin Stripe?



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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

It's funny that Dante is accusing Star Wars of ripping off Gremlins with Grogu when Gizmo was basically Yoda gene-spliced with an Ewok.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

I'm not sure if out and out copied is the right description but I can see the similarities and if the mannerisms weren't at least partially inspired by Gizmo, I'd be surprised.

Same with something like Minions which I always feel like copied the videogame Rabbids.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

That was honestly my first thought when I saw Baby Yoda. But big eyes, big ears... Pikachu fits the mold too. It's just how you can design a cute creature.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Outside the fact that Grogu is a different take on Yoda who came out 4 years before Gremlins my biggest takeaway from this is that Joe Dante apparently thinks Gizmo is an alien?!
If the novels are canon, Mogwai are aliens.

https://gremlins.fandom.com/wiki/Mogturmen
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

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If the novels are canon, Mogwai are aliens.

https://gremlins.fandom.com/wiki/Mogturmen
Thanks. Seems odd to go the “alien” route when being a strange creature from the far reaches of Asia seems more plausible.

Also, the explanation of how Mogwai were created is dumb and fuck.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
If the novels are canon, Mogwai are aliens.

https://gremlins.fandom.com/wiki/Mogturmen
In a 2014 issue of Empire, Dante basically said the Gremlins novelization is noncanon.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

I can maybe see the comparisons but I doubt that Grogu was an intentional ripoff of Gizmo. I would have honestly never made the connection personally.
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Re: Baby Yoda is Gizmo? Yah, oooooook Joe Dante!

What next? Cable is a rip off of Chip Hazard?

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