‘Gremlins’ director says Baby Yoda is ‘completely stolen’ from a cult classic movie – National

Time to choose a side: Team Gizmo or Team Grogu?

gremlins Director Joe Dante has criticized the Star Wars Serie the mandalorian for what he believes to be a shameless rip-off of the main fuzzy creature from his 1984 film, a Mogwai named Gizmo.

In an interview with the San Francisco ChronicleDante aired his complaints about Disney and Lucasfilm’s beloved character Baby Yoda (whose real name was revealed to be Grogu).

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“I think the longevity of (the gremlins movies) is really key to this character (Gizmo), who is essentially like a baby,” Dante told the publication. “Which brings me, of course, to the subject of Baby Yoda, who is completely stolen and just copied. Shamelessly, I would think.

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Gizmo is Mogwai’s lovable main character in Dante’s classic 1980s horror comedy. gremlins and its 1990 sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Grogu was featured in the pilot episode of the first season of the mandalorianreleased in 2019. Gizmo and Grogu quickly became beloved for their baby-like behaviors, wide-eyed stares, and high-pitched babbling.

Both characters embedded themselves in the cultural zeitgeists of their respective times. Still, Dante says he won’t sue Disney and Lucasfilm over the alleged uncredited inspiration.

This fall, the gremlins The franchise will return in the new HBO Max animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. Dante served as a consultant on the project.

The HBO series features several voice actors, including Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, and James Hong.

“People of my generation who loved movies love them because they saw them with an audience,” said Dante, vindicating the experiences in the cinema of gremlins it’s what made the film the cult classic it is today. “I have seen these movies over the years many times all over the world, and they always work well in a crowded theater.”

Dante said that every time he presents projections of gremlins either gremlins 2: The New Batch, always poll the audience on who has seen the movies in the past.

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“There’s always about a third of the audience, usually young people, who haven’t seen the movies,” he said. “They are somewhat different from the ordinary film. They’re unconventional in a way that I think is one of the reasons they remain popular.”

The first episode of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai it premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June. Grogu is ready to return in the mandalorian Season 3, although Disney+ has not announced a release date.

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