Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams Explains Why The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda Is So Popular

Baby Yoda is desperately cute. We can all agree on that fact. But what is it about him that makes us love the little green guy so much?

Well, J.J. Abrams is on-hand to explain why people love The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda so much.

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director was talking to Esquire about the new Star Wars character, and he opened up on why people have been so taken by it.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

Look, I think that the fun of telling stories in this galaxy is that you get to take things that are familiar and you get to adjust them, augment them, comment on them, continue them. It’s a world that is looking to be expanded… And for me, Star Wars is sort of constantly expanding and sort of ever-expanding. And the ability to choose a character like Yoda and say, ‘What if we created a baby Yoda?’

J.J. Abrams explains our love of Baby Yoda


Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian (Credit: Lucasfilm)

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Abrams also explained that one of the main reasons why people love Baby Yoda so much is due to nostalgia, and the fact that Star Wars fans love to look back on the past.

The reason these things are reasonable to people is because it’s not just nostalgia but it’s taken something that is meaningful, a story that has deep roots and potency and resonates with a human heart, a beating heart. These are the kinds of things that, when they hit, when there’s something that feels like, ‘oomph’, it’s not just cute but it implies a story. It sparks the imagination. That’s the thing, whether it’s bringing back Lando, and wanting to know what’s been going on, to introducing a brand new character, and brand new droid or a brief glimpse of a baby Yoda. All these things are about the possibility, potential, and that’s the very heart of what Star Wars is.

What about you guys? Do you love The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda as much as I do? He’s easily the cutest thing we’ve ever seen in Star Wars. Let us know in the comments below.

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