‘The Mandalorian’: Werner Herzog Says Baby Yoda Is ‘Heartbreaking,’ Not Cute

The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog explained why he believes Baby Yoda is not cute, but “heartbreaking.”

Lucasfilms’ The Mandalorian introduced viewers to a new infant character who instantly endeared itself towards fans and was given the unofficial name, Baby Yoda. While viewers may have been fans of Baby Yoda, the adorable infant became a source of frustration for the villain played by actor and filmmaker Werner Herzog.

During an interview with The New York Times, Werner Herzog was asked to share his own thoughts on Baby Yoda and it appears he would not use the term “cute” to describe the child. As Werner Herzog explained, he sees the character more as a phenomenal achievement in the world of robotics:

“No, not cute. It was a phenomenal achievement of sculpting mechanically. When I saw this, it was so convincing, it was so unique. And then the producers talked about, Shouldn’t we have a fallback version with green screen and have it be completely digitally created? I said to them: It would be cowardly. You are the trailblazers. Show the world what you can do.”

Werner Herzog added that he believes Baby Yoda is “heartbreaking” as opposed to cute, explaining that it rembles the robots his wife Lena, a visual artist and photographer, has told him about:

“Not cute. It’s heartbreaking. My wife has seen companion robots that are being created: a fluffy creature with big eyes talking to you, reading your facial expressions, putting its head to the side and asking you, “Oh, you don’t trust me?” There’s big stuff coming at us in terms of robotics.”

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Here is the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The Star Wars series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.

Dave Filoni directed the first episode of The Mandalorian and additional episodes of the Star Wars series were helmed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow.

The Mandalorian season one is now available exclusively on Disney Plus.

Source: New York Times

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