To say that Baby Yoda (a.k.a. “The Child”) has been a cultural phenomenon ever since appearing on The Mandalorian is a bit of an understatement. The little guy has been all over merchandise, from plushes, to clothing, and even a new cereal!
But, according to a new episode of the Disney+ series Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda almost looked completely different!
Early designs showed in the episode reveal that Baby Yoda was once a wrinkly, chubby character with pointed teeth and strange bits of hair on his elongated ears — a far cry from the big-eyed baby we all know and love today!
“We all had a vision for what a bad version of it was, and what was written in there was that it was a little baby of Yoda’s species,” director John Favreau explained in Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian‘s fifth episode.
“We got lots and lots of drawings. Some of them were too cute, some of them were too ugly, some of them were the wrong proportions,” he continued .
After some trial and error, The Mandalorian team eventually landed on the big-eyed, big-eared Baby Yoda wrapped in a little brown blanket that we all know and love today!
To find out more about the design of Baby Yoda and how the runaway Disney+ hit The Mandalorian came to be, be sure to check out Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian. It’s fascinating viewing for any Star Wars fan!
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