How Much Was “The Mandalorian” “Baby Yoda” Puppet?
In the finale of the Disney+ Original “The Mandalorian”, there is a scene when a Scout Trooper punches the cute and adorable “Baby Yoda”, while he is held captive in a bag. Which resulted in many viewers gasping in disbelief, but the cost of using physical effects is much higher than expected.
During a recent Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour event, actor Adam Pally, told the story about that infamous scene:
“I remember the first take that I did when I punched him. They called ‘Cut!’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, he came down from this office and said, ‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero Yoda [the main prop used for close-ups] and it costs, like, $5 million. So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that.’ Because I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous. Nerves aside, what was it like to work with the little guy? “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva. He’s constantly vaping.”
The “Baby Yoda” puppet was called “a phenomenal technological achievement“ by Werner Herzog and required two technicians to operate, one for the eyes and mouth, and the other for other facial expressions.
Do you think it was money well spent?
Source –Entertainment Weekly