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‘Yoda Literally Came 4 Years Before Gremlins’: Fans Blast Gremlins Creator Joe Dante Claiming Baby Yoda Is a Gizmo Copycat, Claim He Just Wants Cheap Publicity

History can never be false, for it has witnesses alive to disprove the false. This is exactly what happened when Joe Dante, the director of Gremlins recently said some things about the Star Wars Guru “Baby Yoda” that didn’t sit quite well with the early historians of the franchise. In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Joe Dante said that the character of Yoda was copied from his character Gizmo…shamelessly.

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Gizmo (left) and Baby Yoda (right).
Gizmo (left) and Baby Yoda (right).

Is Baby Yoda a copy of the Gizmo from the Gremlins?

Baby Yoda/Grogu as seen in The Mandalorian.
Baby Yoda/Grogu as seen in The Mandalorian.

Two adorable little creatures with big eyes and extraordinary powers paved their way to the hearts of people. During a recent interview, Joe Dante (the creator of Gremlins and essentially Gizmo) stated the following:

“I think the longevity of [the films] is really key to this one character [Gizmo], who is essentially like a baby. This 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.” said the Gremlins’ director.

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History has it that the character of Yoda predates that of Gizmo by approximately 4 years difference! Yoda was created in the mind of George Lucas in the year 1980 when Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released to theaters worldwide. The Joe Dante-directed movie Gremlins was released 4 years after the aforementioned year i.e., 1984. This contradicts the statements said recently by him and Yoda is (as always) the true Guru.

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Fans blast Joe Dante with claims of attention gaining

Gizmo as seen in Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.
Gizmo as seen in Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.

Fans took to Twitter and tweeted about this being a stunt for Joe Dante to attain some attention. Some of the tweets are as followed below:

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Baby Yoda was last seen in The Book of Boba Fett when Luke Skywalker presents Baby Yoda with a choice. Whether to receive the Beskar chainmail Din Djarin bought as a gift or receive Yoda’s lightsaber and continue the training. The episode ends with Baby Yoda’s choice taking place.

Source: Deadline

Written by Visarg Acharya