“Gremlins” Director Talks Gizmo vs. grog

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Gizmo from “Gremlins” and Grogu from “The Mandalorian”. They’re both cuddly creatures with large expressive eyes, big ears, and don’t talk so much as make funny sounds along with boasting mystical powers.

Now famed filmmaker Joe Dante, who directed both “Gremlins” films along with classics like “The Burbs,” “Innerspace,” and “The Howling,” has leveled criticism of the Grogu design in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Speaking about the everlasting appeal of “Gremlins,” Dante said:

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

Of course, the original Yoda, of course, made his debut four years prior to “Gremlins” while “Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau has previously stated in the past that Spielberg’s ET as more of an inspiration for Grogu.

Gizmo is making a comeback of sorts with the animated HBO Max series “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” this Fall – a series that happens to star “The Mandalorian” actress Ming-Na Wen.

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