‘The Mandalorian‘ Showrunner Jon Favreau Says it’s Fine to Call Grogu “Baby Yoda” Still. There is no denying the star power that is Grogu from The Mandalorian. Instantly, “The Child” took the internet by storm and earned the affectionate nickname “Baby Yoda” from Star Wars fans who had no idea what to call the little guy after the series premiere. Initially, reports from those close to production staff shared that the creative team was not a fan of the new nickname, but it seems Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and the rest of the team are singing a different tune this year and have been won over by fans.
Disney CEO Bob Iger previously shared that in early emails regarding the series, showrunner Jon Favreau clearly stated that Grogu was called “The Child” or “The Asset” and not “Baby Yoda” and joked about getting “slapped on the wrist” initially when he first reference Grogu as “Baby Yoda”. Now it seems Favreau has relaxed on the idea and even shared it’s perfectly fine to call him “Baby Yoda”, but really, he (The Child) actually prefers being called Grogu now.
Favreau shared on Good Morning America, “I had written it in the script from very early on, and we finally revealed it in the show. But of course, everybody knows Grogu as ‘Baby Yoda.’ Which, by the way, is fine with all of us. We still call him Baby Yoda too, but he prefers to be called ‘Grogu,’ if you notice in the show. He perks up a lot when you say his name.”
Several new trends hit this holiday season as merchandise was not readily available during the series premiere last year, and shared he loves the ingenuity of Star Wars fans, especially the trend of Grogu decorating the Christmas Tree using “The Force”.
“The Christmas tree thing, that’s a bit of a new one. But I love that,” Favreau shared. “I think it’s because when we first showed Baby Yoda … there was no merchandise for the whole first year. So people had to have ingenuity. So on Etsy, online, on social media, you would see people making their own Baby Yoda stuff. So this kind of keeps in that tradition.”
Now that Favreau has shared it’s okay to call Grogu “Baby Yoda” some fans may want to relax in the comment sections of “Baby Yoda” posts. 😉 (Don’t worry, we still love you guys and your passion for Star Wars!) Currently, both seasons of The Mandalorian are available to stream exclusively on Disney+.
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