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    ‘Gremlins’ Director Joe Dante Claims That “Baby Yoda” Was Stolen From His Movie’s Gizmo Character

    Filmmaker Joe Dante has made headlines lately after he expressed his anger over Disney’s Star Wars character Baby Yoda. The director is known for his comedy horror films from the 1980s. He alleged that the character was “completely stolen” from the Gizmo character that appeared in his ‘Gremlins’ series of films.

    As people were anticipating legal action from Dante’s side over copyright issues, the director has said that he is not thinking about suing Disney.

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    Joe Dante Alleges Baby Yoda Was “Completely Stolen” From Gremlins

    Gizmo and Baby Yoda
    Gizmo and Baby Yoda

    Joe Dante is known for making comedy horror films like ‘Piranha‘, ‘The Howling‘ and the successful ‘Gremlins‘ franchise in the 1980s and 90s. He recently expressed his disdain for a popular Star Wars character.

    In a recent interview with The San Fransico Chronicles, he said: “I think the longevity of (the films) is really key to this one character (Gizmo), who is essentially like a baby. He further added, “Which brings me, of course, to the subject of Baby Yoda, who is completely stolen and is just out-and-out copied. Shamelessly, I would think.”

    Gizmo is a cute little character that appeared in two of Dante’s Gremlins films. The first one was released in 1984, and its sequel ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch.’ It would spawn bizarre little creatures after coming in contact with water or if he eats something after midnight. HBO Max has announced an animated series titled ‘Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.’

    The character of Baby Yoda first appeared in the maiden season of the Disney+ tv series ‘The Mandalorian‘. He is simply known as the “child” in the live-action Star Wars series. While the facial features like the big eyes and small hands might be similar, the Yoda character predates Gremlins. The old and impish swamp creature first appeared in George Luca’s 1980 film ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’

    The showrunner of ‘The Mandalorian’ Jon Favreau had earlier said that he was thinking more about E.T. than Gizmo while baby Yoda was conceived. He said, “Dave [Filoni] had done a sketch of kind of a Michelangelo/E.T. moment, and that was a source of inspiration.”

    The Mandalorian Director Shares Updates On Season 3

    Carl Weathers
    Carl Weathers

    Actor-director Carl Weathers recently talked about the third season of ‘The Mandalorian.’ He stated that it will be going to have “a bit more [action].” He also said that the new season will be more complex than the previous ones due to “many, many different stories within the story.”

    The third season of ‘The Mandalorian’ is slated to hit Disney+ around February 2023.

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