Wish you could own your very own life-size Baby Yoda? Think again–it was just revealed how much the puppet cost Lucasfilm to create.
By now, only those making their residence beneath rocks (think the trolls in Frozen perhaps) haven’t heard of an adorable little green creature endearingly called “Baby Yoda” by fans (for now, Lucasfilm still says he’s known as “The Child,” though).
The miniature swamp-green-skinned creature initially broke the internet on November 12 and there have been subsequent internet breakages related to the adorable creature since that day–the day Disney+ rolled out and the first episode of The Mandalorian debuted, introducing the world to “The Child,” as he is formally referred to in the storyline, at the very end of the episode.
It’s no surprise that writer and creator Jon Favreau could dream up such a character–one who seems to have stolen a bit of the glory from even Mando. And Favreau exhibited great self-control and even sheer genius in keeping the mini-Yoda hidden in all of the show’s pre-debut marketing and advertising.
We thought Mandalorian-themed merch would take e-shopping by storm, but it’s the green face and big black eyes of “The Child” that we see on caps, bags, shirts, car decals, stickers, socks and more. And any day of the week, you’re nearly guaranteed to find reference to “The Child” somewhere on the world wide web.
But you might not have known this little tidbit yet: we’ve just learned, thanks to actor Adam Pally, how many Ben Franklins were spent in the making of “The Child.”
How about 50,000 of them?
At the Television’s Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour being held in Pasadena, California, Pally, who plays the second bike scout in the eighth episode of the smash Disney+ series, said that Jon Favreau himself told Pally how much Baby Yoda set them back.
Pally was the actor charged with punching the adorable creature in the face during Season One’s final episode, which dropped on Decembe 27, and says that as soon as he hit the puppet’s face during one of many takes, Favreau, who was watching filming monitors upstairs and off-set, rushed down the stairs and approached Pally saying, “I just want you to know that this . . . Yoda cost, like, five million dollars.”
Favreau reportedly asked Pally to keep the cost in the back of his mind during the takes when the actor had to smack the tiny Force-wielder.
Wow. No pressure.
On the contrary, Pally says he was so nervous, that he threw punches and missed three times before actually making contact with the Yoda-esque puppet.
Werner Herzog, who plays “The Client” in the breakout series, referred to the creature as “a phenomenal technological achievement,” and perhaps the astronomical cost of the Baby Yoda puppet is best explained away by its mechanics. It requires two different technicians to create its movements and expressions–one tech for its eyes and mouth and another tech for its facial expressions.
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