Jon Favreau, the showrunner of Disney +'s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, posted on Instagram an on-set video of Baby Yoda tilting his head repeatedly while standing in what looks like a cloth bucket or carrier in front of a busy exterior background.
Favreau also shared it with Phil Szostak, the Creative Art Manager of Lucasfilm, encouraging him to use the video in case Thanksgiving celebrations got too agitated, who reposted it on his Twitter account.
“If your Thanksgiving table gets too heated show everyone this video I took on the set of the Mandalorian. #HappyThanksgiving” - Jon Favreau #TheMandalorian #StarWars https://t.co/6lYKoPGSM1 pic.twitter.com/JUFnYI956Y— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) November 28, 2019
Baby Yoda already wields the uncanny power of uniting the Star Wars fandom, and in a matter of weeks, he has become a pervasive (if adorable) meme, bringing news of a Galaxy far, far away even to people that don't usually engage with the Skywalker saga.
Baby Yoda is a toddler of the same unknown species as Master Yoda, who was Luke and Obi-wan's teacher; and just like his predecessor, he is almost entirely portrayed through practical effects. Baby Yoda's body is an animatronic puppet developed by Lucasfilm, slightly smoothed over with CGI.
Up until Ep. 3 Season 1. his main mode of transportation was a floating egg-shaped pram, but that crib was recently destroyed -- so the cloth bucket in the video might be a backpack that allows human-sized characters to carry him around.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The first three episodes are streaming now on Disney+.