Baby Yoda Concept Art Shows Early Rough Side Of The Mandalorian Star
As the streaming wars wage on with HBO Max entering the ring this past week, Disney+ has managed to hold strong. The Mouse House certainly owes much of this success to none other than the surprise hit character Baby Yoda, aka “The Child” from The Mandalorian. The cute little green alien won over the hearts of many, and has spawned a lot of merchandise for The Child, including a life-size Hot Toys figure. Now, some new Baby Yoda concept art has been released that shows what The Child was originally intended to look like, and it may make some second guess if he would’ve been so popular in that rougher form.
As reported on Vulture, Disney recently released new Baby Yoda concept art in the latest episode of their eight-part documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. The latest episode focused on the practical special effects used for the show, including Baby Yoda, known as “The Baby” or “The Child” by everyone on the cast and crew of the show. Showrunner Jon Favreau sought inspiration from the VR film Gnomes & Goblins he had been working on for the character, as well as the original Yoda himself. As he states:
We got lots and lots of drawings, and some of them were too cute, and some of them were too ugly, and some of them were the wrong proportions, but they were all informing, as we gave notes on each drawing, Dave [Filoni] and I started zeroing in on what it was. And finally, it was one image that Chris Alzmann did that had him wrapped up in what looked like a piece of a flight jacket or something, and his eyes looked a little weird. But we found it charming, and that’s what became the rallying image that we said, ‘this is good.'”
Eventually, this rougher Baby Yoda concept art became the right balance of cute and realistic that we all know and love. The Baby puppet took three months to create, and would require four puppeteers to operate. The Child was originally going to have more CG applied to bring him to life, but thanks to the advice of Werner Herzog (The Client in The Mandalorian), the practical puppet was used almost exclusively. It’s hard to think of The Mandalorian without Baby Yoda at this point, and the precious child is the best hope for our, or any, galaxy in these dark times.
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