The Mandalorian gifted the world with the adorable Baby Yoda and Star Wars fans haven’t been the same since. The precious Baby Yoda has stolen the hearts of the internet, though his cuteness has now extended to Disneyland, where he was spotted pointing to a Galaxy’s Edge baby station. Star Wars’ Anthony Daniels is very aware of the power Baby Yoda has and offered a surprising warning for fans of the lovable creature.
C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, who’s appearing next in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was actually one of the fair few around when Yoda was created. Asked for his thoughts on the beloved new creature, Daniels suggested Baby Yoda should be seen as more than just an adorable fad.
Ah, Baby Yoda. It had to happen. It had to happen just before Christmas. Baby Yoda is the thing, maybe the toy of the month, the year, whatever. Yoda is such an adored character created by Frank Oz, and obviously now we are looking back at origins. Do we need a smaller wookiee? I don’t know. I love the inventiveness with Star Wars, the creative inventiveness that Star Wars has fostered over the years, whether it’s with the technicians or with fans. And of course, some of the fans now work on the movies because their abilities are so great. Baby Yoda is cute, gorgeous, but I would warn the public that Baby Yoda is not just for Christmas. It’s a responsibility.
It’s an interesting warning. Anthony Daniels, when speaking to Huffington Post, seems to suggest that Baby Yoda isn’t just a throwaway character and he’s right. The internet’s fascination with the character, which has extended to include a petition to create a Baby Yoda emoji, has become an obsession. The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau even tried to pinpoint the reason for why Star Wars fans were so curious about this sweet, wide-eyed green baby.
Baby Yoda's connection to Star Wars icon Yoda has yet to be made clear on The Mandalorian but Jon Favreau said we'd learn more about the 50-year-old "Child" across the season. There’s no telling if fans will heed Anthony Daniels’ warning that Baby Yoda is not just a cute toy, but at least the character has united Star Wars fans, who briefly took a break from arguing over The Last Jedi. Even Disney CEO Bob Iger is smitten with the creature and went so far as to compare the feeling of seeing Baby Yoda for the first time to the one he had when Leonardo DiCaprio first joined the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains.
Unfortunately, Anthony Daniels’ C-3PO and Baby Yoda don’t occupy the same space, but it’s a safe bet that the actor will keep an eye out for the adorable, soup-sipping creature. The Mandalorian is currently available to stream on Disney+. For more on what to watch, be sure to check out our guide to everything that's coming to the streaming service.