Star Wars: The Mandalorian Had Multiple Versions of Baby Yoda

There might only be one Baby Yoda in the Star Wars franchise, but it seems like the creative team behind Star Wars: The Mandalorian actually had several versions of The Child for production.

Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter,The Mandalorian VFX supervisor Richard Bluff shared details behind the development of the hit Star Wars series' break-out character.

Part of the lead VFX house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Bluff was part of the team that brought Baby Yoda to life, and according to the VFX supervisor, the production actually used several versions of the adorable, doe-eyed Child so that they could choose which one would get the best results during filming.

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According to Bluff, bringing Baby Yoda to life on the small screen started out with a puppet meant to give actors a reference point while filming. As principal photography went on, the team developed a fully animatronic puppet used to show the character moving in the final scenes of the series.

"We had two versions," Bluff explained. "One was animatronic and required up to five puppeteers if we had to move the eyes, head, and arms."

The second version of Baby Yoda was a "stuffy" one that the team could hold in the background when it was out of focus.

That's not all, of course. The creative team also added a fully CG version of Baby Yoda, one that could match the puppet exactly. It was used for "the rare occasion that we needed CG for the performance."

We can only wonder whether there will be additional versions of Baby Yoda in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Let's wait and see.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 1 is available for streaming on Disney+.

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