Currently serving as co-showrunner on the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” Jon Favreau has taken some time out from production on that show’s second season this week to discuss its impact.
While reaction to the series has been positive overall, there’s some definite division amongst fans. One thing that everyone seems to have fallen in love with though, even if they don’t watch the show, is ‘Baby Yoda’.
Dubbed ‘The Child’, the creature is adorable enough to yield countless memes and endless whining over the lack of tie-in merchandise. One thing that creature has proven to be though is an excellent example of how to combine puppetry and CG well. Speaking with THR, Favreau confirms the creature is mostly a puppet.
At the times when it’s not though they make sure the CG creations obeys the same physical laws a puppet would – so no “Revenge of the Sith”-esque wild jumping and flipping:
“He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow the character to keep the same identity and charm.”
The character remains mysterious, deliberately so says Favreau who confirms we’ll learn more about him over the course of the season:
“I think what’s great about what George [Lucas] created is that Yoda proper, the character that we grew up watching, was always shrouded in mystery, and that was what made him so archetypal and so mythic. We know who he is based on his behavior and what he stands for, but we don’t know a lot of details about where he comes from or his species. I think that’s why people are so curious about this little one of the same species.”
Favreau also talks about how the franchise, with the Skywalker saga ending, is moving towards TV titles in the near future while the films will move into areas of the “Star Wars” universe previously not seen.
Two of the upcoming series, the Cassian Andor show and the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, both see film characters making the jump to the small screen. Favreau says it’s highly likely the opposite will happen and original Disney+ series characters appear in films:
“There’s definitely the opportunity to explore these characters beyond what we’ve presented on the show. There’s a very fluid line between what’s in the movie theaters and what’s on the screen at home. It’s very exciting for me because I get to tell stories over the course of several hours and not just within the footprint of one theatergoing experience. I think it’s only a matter of time before we cross paths the other way.”
“The Mandalorian” just aired its fifth of eight episodes with the finale to premiere on December 27th.