Gremlins director says Baby Yoda stolen from his films

According to the director of the cult classic Gremlins Disney shamelessly stole the inspiration for Baby Yoda from the film

In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle director Joe Dante credited the popularity of his Gremlin films to pint sized Mogwai Gizmo

Considering this is basically a baby character [Gizmo] the longevity of [the films] is very important said Dante

The subject of Baby Yoda has to do with the fact that he is completely stolen and is just outright copied

A key character in Jon Favreau's Mandalorian series which has been a critical and commercial success for Disney+ is Baby Yoda or Grogu

Pedro Pascal stars as a bounty hunter who goes on the run to protect Grogu in the first episode of the live action Star Wars series

Amazon's Grogu toy is also a hit and a Bloomberg Opinion column argued that Netflix needs a Baby Yoda