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.
Is Baby Yoda a copy of the Gizmo from the Gremlins?
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.
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.
Fans blast Joe Dante with claims of attention gaining
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:
The guy that made gremlins thinks Grogu is a copycat of his gizmo that came out 4 whole years after Yoda in 1980. pic.twitter.com/z0g8QlxpAK
— Ozziepez88 (@Ozziepez88) July 15, 2022
Congrats on garnering lots of free publicity for your new animated series starring Gizmo, Mr Dante 😂 but I am of the opinion that "Baby Yoda" was inspired by someone else. Who was introduced to us several years before Gremlins. Gizmo is VERY cute tho!#grogu #starwars #joedante pic.twitter.com/LG6JmK6DCK
— 💚 I'm kind of obsessed with Grogu 💚 (@love_grogu) July 15, 2022
They’re baby characters, no shit they’re gonna be similar
— NekroUni the Dhampir 🐷 (@comics_uni) July 15, 2022
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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.