Here's the exclusive sneak peek at the latest adorable toy take on "Star Wars" fan favorite.
One reveal left "Star Wars" fans picking their jaws up off the floor. Meanwhile, new surprise spinoff is announced.
As hit show sets up blockbuster battle for Baby Yoda in the season finale, Disney unveils slate of "Star Wars" projects that includes a new film and two "Mandalorian" spinoff series.
A week after the double-whammy reveals of a live-action Ahsoka and the true name of Baby Yoda, a fan-favorite character officially returns in an episode that sets up a possible new film franchise.
(Spoilers ahead for the “Chapter 13” episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian”)I’m gonna be totally honest here. I never really wondered what Baby Yoda’s real name was. It’s almost as though “Baby Yoda” was his real name. It was cute enough that it seemed fitting, and unless his name was gonna be Yoda Jr it didn’t seem like it would be a big deal. And it wasn’t! We learned his name this week, and that name is totally incidental. Except for the fact that the name is disgusting to both hear and say and doesn’t fit the mood at all. Grogu. Ugh.The “Star Wars” nerds seem to have liked this episode overall, given Rosario Dawson’s first appearance as Ahsoka Tano and all the other references — and implied references — to the “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” shows. But I have a hard time even thinking about all that stuff right now as I try to wrestle with Baby Yoda’s name actually, truly, for real being “Grogu.”Also Read: For a Hefty Price, You Can Also Share Baby Yoda's MacaronsThis revelation might have completely destroyed the appeal of Baby Yoda for me. This season had already been unkind to Baby Yoda. He’s barely been present in most of the episodes — Mando literally dropped him off at school for an entire episode since he’s almost never actually helpful in any way, and when he has been around, he just does stuff like eat that frog lady’s eggs.And now we have to deal with the fact that he has a decidedly uncute name that’s just so unpleasant to say. Grogu. Disgusting.It’s going to be pretty hard to look at Baby Yoda the same after this, especially if all the characters are just going to constantly refer to him as Grogu now. Every time Ahsoka or Mando called him that this week, I couldn’t help but shutter and say the name in exasperation. Grogu. Ugh.Also Read: Why Are 'The Mandalorian' Episodes So Short?Giving Baby Yoda that name is as severe a crime against “Star Wars” as anything that happened in “The Rise of Skywalker,” which has been reviled by fans and received the worst critical reception of the entire movie franchise. It’s the kind of thing that retroactively makes the whole show worse. If I were to watch “The Mandalorian” from the beginning, I think I’d enjoy Baby Yoda less just knowing that Grogu is a thing.It’s just astonishing, honestly. That name isn’t cute. It doesn’t sound good when anyone says it. It’s often felt to me like actors on “The Mandalorian” struggle to convincingly to say some of the goofier “Star Wars” terms — and now they’re being saddled with a word that no one could sell.Maybe Grogu wouldn’t be so upsetting if we’d known about it from the start. If they’d introduced that word at the beginning, before Baby Yoda became such a thing — remember, he didn’t show up until the very end of the first episode — I would feel differently. If Mando had been told he had to find an alien named Grogu at the start of his mission, it would have been funny to learn that such a gross name belonged to such a precious little fella.Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': Who Was That Guy at the End of the Season 2 Premiere?But that’s not how it went. And now we’re stuck with a name that I think will change my entire perception of Baby Yoda. Every time somebody calls him Grogu I’m gonna cringe. It’s just that bad.We’ve been through so much in 2020 with the pandemic and a remarkably intense presidential election cycle. And now we have to deal with Grogu too.Read original story Did ‘The Mandalorian’ Just Ruin Baby Yoda? At TheWrap
Actress's character Cara Dune makes her Season 2 debut amid backlash over her divisive social media posts on the election, trans rights, COVID restrictions and cancel culture, as #FireGinaCarano trends.
'Battlestar Galactica' alum reprises her 'Clone Wars' role in latest episode of Disney+ series, sending Twitter into a frenzy.
Disney+'s signature series returns for second season and picks up the action with Mando and the Child encountering new characters and a major "Star Wars" Easter egg.
'This is the way': Celebrate season 2 with awesome new Mandalorian and The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) gear.
"Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely," 5-year-old Carver wrote in a note with the cuddly "Star Wars" character.
Yahoo has teamed with Funko and Lucasfilm for the world's first augmented-reality reveals of Pop! collectibles. The Child (with pendant) and Luke (Jedi-training) arrive ahead of New York Comic Con.
Here's your first look at Disney's new masks that will benefit families in vulnerable communities.
“It was like one of the weirdest and best things that ever happened with Werner,” Deborah Chow says.
This is the way…. to learn more about The Mandalorian. Disney+ has announced that on Star Wars Day aka May 4 (as in "May the Fourth be with you"), it will premiere Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an eight-episode docuseries in which executive producer Jon Favreau invites the cast and crew to share an unprecedented look […]
The force was strong with Baby Yoda at Toy Fair 2020, the toy industry’s annual preview of the must-have merchandise hitting shelves over the rest of the year. The pint-sized star of the Disney+ series, "The Mandalorian," attracted oohs and ahhs wherever he popped up... and he popped up a lot.
The galaxy's newest and cutest character, "the Child," sometimes referred to as "Baby Yoda," is featured on a number of newly revealed toys.
The Force remains strong for toys based on Baby Yoda, the breakout star of Disney Plus original series "The Mandalorian." Less than a day after becoming available for pre-order, Hasbro's new $59.99 Baby Yoda animatronic toy is no longer available on Disney's official online store: As of Friday morning, Shop Disney listed it as "sold […]
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Adam Pally is a lifelong “Star Wars” fan who got the chance of a lifetime when he was cast to play a Scout Trooper on “The Mandalorian.” What he didn’t know at the time is that he would do something that would make his character more hated than Jar Jar: he had to punch Baby Yoda.Pally appeared in the Disney+ show’s season finale alongside Jason Sudekis as a pair of scouts tasked with delivering the powerfully Force sensitive Baby Yoda to Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Pally’s scout, curious about why the alien child was so wanted, stuck his finger out at Baby Yoda, who bit it. In response, Pally gives Baby Yoda a hard jab.According to Entertainment Weekly, Pally was asked about the scene at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour on Saturday, where he was promoting the upcoming NBC comedy “Indebted.” Pally said that his friend and “Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau offered the cameo role to him simply by telling him that he “needed somebody to do something special.”Also Read: Why 'The Mandalorian' Saved 'Star Wars': Starlight Runner CEO on Building Buzz Around a StoryAnd while it was a dream come true for Pally to put on the Scout Trooper’s helmet, he got very nervous after he did the first take of the punch when Favreau told him that the Baby Yoda puppet he was decking “costs, like, $5 million.”“‘So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that,'” Pally recalled Favreau telling him. “I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”Also Read: Whose Voices Were Those at the End of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'?But the little green monster had it coming. “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” Pally quipped. “He’s constantly vaping.”Pally will appear on “Indebted” when it premieres on NBC on Feb. 6. Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” is set for release on Disney+ this fall.Read original story ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda At TheWrap
“Alita: Battle Angel,” “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4” lead all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 18th annual VES Awards, which were announced on Tuesday morning. Those three films received five nominations each in the 25 categories encompassing film, television and special projects.But two television shows, “Game of Thrones” and “The Mandalorian,” received six nominations each to lead all projects. Three of the nominations for “The Mandalorian” were for the character of “The Child,” better known to fans of the show as Baby Yoda, or for the episode that bears his name.In the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category, the VES category that corresponds most closely to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, the nominees were “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Gemini Man,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “The Lion King.” All five of those films are on the Oscars shortlist for visual effects.Also Read: Baby Yoda Movie? Bob Iger Says Disney+ 'Star Wars' TV Shows Could Become FilmsTwo other films on that shortlist, “1917” and “The Irishman,” were nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Photoreal Feature category. Another two films shortlisted by the Academy, “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Captain Marvel,” received single VES nominations.The final shortlisted film, “Cats,” was not nominated by the VES.In addition to “The Mandalorian” and the final season of “Game of Thrones,” television shows with multiple nominations included “Stranger Things,” “Lost in Space” and “Lady and the Tramp.”Last year, four of the five nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category went on to receive Oscar nominations.The one that did not, “First Man,” was nominated by the VES for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, and went on to win the Oscar.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' Lands on Oscars Visual Effects Shortlist, 'Bombshell' Leads Makeup & HairstylingOver the first 17 years of the VES Awards, almost 75% of the Oscar nominees have first been nominated in that category by the VES.The 18th annual VES Awards will take place on Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also at the ceremony, director Roland Emmerich will receive the VES Visionary Award, Martin Scorsese will be given the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal will receive the VES Award for Creative Excellence.For the full list of nominated VES artists in each category, check the VES website.The nominees:Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Gemini Man” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “1917” “Ford v Ferrari” “Joker” “The Aeronauts” “The Irishman”Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature “Frozen II” “Klaus” “Missing Link” “The Lego Movie 2” “Toy Story 4”Also Read: 'Missing Link' Team Says Why Creating 'Little Avocado With a Face' Was Most Complicated Thing Laika's DoneOutstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Game of Thrones”: “The Bells” “His Dark Materials”: “The Fight to the Death” “Lady and the Tramp” “Lost in Space”: Episode: Ninety-Seven “Stranger Things”: “Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum” “The Mandalorian”: “The Child”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Chernobyl”: 1:23:45 “Living With Yourself”: “Nice Knowing You” “See”: “Godflame” “The Crown”: “Aberfan” “Vikings”: “What Happens in the Cave”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” “Control” “Gears 5” “Myth: A Frozen Tale” “Vader Immortal: Episode I”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Anthem “Conviction” BMW “Legend” Hennessy: “The Seven Worlds” PlayStation: “Feel The Power of Pro” Purdey’s: “Hummingbird”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project “Avengers: Damage Control” “Jurassic World: The Ride” “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” “Universal Sphere”Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel”: Alita “Avengers: Endgame”: Smart Hulk “Gemini Man”: Junior “The Lion King”: ScarOutstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: The Water Nøkk “Klaus”: Jesper “Missing Link”: Susan “Toy Story 4”: Bo PeepOutstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project “Lady and the Tramp”: Tramp “Stranger Things 3”: Tom/Bruce Monster “The Mandalorian”: The Child; Mudhorn “The Umbrella Academy”: Pilot; PogoOutstanding Animated Character in a Commercial “Apex Legend”: Meltdown; Mirage “Churchill”: Churchie “Cyberpunk 2077”: Dex “John Lewis”: Excitable Edgar; EdgarOutstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature “Aladdin”: Agrabah “Alita: Battle Angel”: Iron City “Motherless Brooklyn”: Penn Station “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”: Pasaana Desert “The Lion King”: The PridelandsOutstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: Giants’ Gorge “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: The Hidden World “Missing Link”: Passage to India Jungle “Toy Story 4”: Antiques MallOutstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza “Lost in Space”: Precipice; The Trench “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: The Endless Forest Tthe Mandalorian”: Nevarro TownOutstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project “Alita: Battle Angel” “The Lion King” “The Mandalorian”: The Prisoner; The Roost “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Lost in Space”: The Resolute “Missing Link”: The Manchuria “The Man in the High Castle”: Rocket Train “The Mandalorian”: The Sin; The RazorcrestOutstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature “Dumbo”: Bubble Elephants “Spider-Man: Far From Home”: Molten Man “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature “Abominable” “Frozen II” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: Water and Waterfalls “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Hennessy: The Seven Worlds” “Lost in Space”: Precipice; Water Planet “Stranger Things 3”: Melting Tom/Bruce “The Mandalorian”: The Child; MudhornOutstanding Compositing in a Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Captain Marvel”: Young Nick Fury “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Irishman”Outstanding Compositing in an Episode “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Game of Thrones”: The Long Night; Dragon Ground Battle “Stranger Things 3”: Starcourt Mall Battle “Watchmen”: Pilot; Looking GlassOutstanding Compositing in a Commercial “BMW Legend” “Feeding America; I Am Hunger in America” “Hennessy; The Seven Worlds” “PlayStation: Feel the Power of Pro”Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Aladdin”: Magic Carpet “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Terminator: Dark Fate” “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: “She Knows All the Secrets”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project “Downfall” “Love and Fifty Megatons” “Oeil Pour Oeil” “The Beauty”Read original story Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda At TheWrap
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