‘The Child’ on The Mandalorian Was Almost Replaced with CGI

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Fans of the Mandalorian were delighted by an addition to the show that they were not expecting, but have now fully embraced. Baby Yoda. Also referred to as The Child, this adorable little creature has really captured our hearts. Did you know, though; that Baby Yoda is a puppet? Not CGI. But, it was almost replaced by CGI during the filming process. The decision to keep it as a puppet is due to Werner Herzog’s strong opinion against the idea of CGI. When the German filmmaker saw that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni were going to remove the puppet in favor of a blank slate during one of Herzog’s scenes, Herzog demanded:

“You are cowards. Leave it.”

Baby Yoda has really made an impact – not just on fans, but actors as well. Gina Carano will premiere in this week’s upcoming episode as former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune. Carano describes working with this character and the warmth it brings to a character normally known for his “coolness”:

“That was such a powerful thing that was added to the story. That was our precious. Our precious is this being that we all end up taking care of in some way…That just raises the emotional level and the stakes,” Carano said. “The Mandalorian and that being’s relationship is really cool to watch.”

The director of episode three of The Mandalorian, Deborah Chow; describes Herzog’s interaction with The Child:

“I had a day with one of the weirdest moments I’ve ever had directing,” she told Vanity Fair. “I was directing Werner with the puppet, and Werner had just fallen in love with the baby. Werner, I think, had forgotten it wasn’t actually a live creature, and started sort of…directing the baby.”

She continued:

“Werner is talking to the baby as if it was a real thing. And I’m trying to direct Werner,” Chow said. “And I’m just like, How did I get here? How did my life end up like this?”

Chow found herself directing the puppet as if it was real:

“It was pretty magical. I worked with the puppeteers and the visual effects [artists], and just worked with it like it was an actor. They’re the ones who gave it humanity, who gave it life.”

She continued:

“You could feel it on set. You have everybody from Werner Herzog to grips and gaffers getting moved by it. Every time we brought it on set, people would be melting.”

How have you been enjoying The Mandalorian and are you also in love with Baby Yoda?

Source: Vanity Fair