Without a doubt, Baby Yoda is the breakout star of The Mandalorian. Of course, a large part of that is because of his adorable appearance coupled with some otherworldly features. However, he wasn’t initially meant to look that way, with a couple of earlier designs showing a bit more grotesque version of the beloved creature.
In the fifth and latest episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, the focus is on the creation of The Child. Early on, it was decided that Baby Yoda should have giant ears and expressive eyes, inspired by VR project Gnomes & Goblins.
“We got lots and lots of drawings," series creator Jon Favreau revealed. "Some of them were too cute, some of them were too ugly, some of them were the wrong proportions.”
It is understandable that creating a young version of Yoda’s species was challenging. However, the team eventually landed on the pieces by artist Christian Alzmann, which is essentially the closest one to what they wanted to achieve. You can check it out below!
While Favreau thought the Child’s eyes “were a little weird” and that there was “something a little off” with it, he found the design “charming” enough that it became the “rallying image.”
With the early designs showing a little less on the cute side, it seems to be quite appropriate since Favreau revealed in a previous interview that he wanted to make Baby Yoda less “cutesy.” He and the team tried to look at how much they could “ugly up all the different features” of The Child. Ultimately, they landed on Alzmann’s design, which is undeniably adorable.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 arrives on Disney+ this October.