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Joe Dante claims Baby Yoda  stolen from his film

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According to Gremlins director Joe Dante, The Mandalorian copied Gizmo "shamelessly" for Baby Yoda.

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“I think the longevity of [the films] is really key to this one character [Gizmo], who is essentially like a baby,” he said this.

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Further, he criticized the Star Wars spinoff series that introduced Baby Yoda, 

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whose real name is Grogu and is often referred to as The Child.

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"Which brings me, of course, to the subject of Baby Yoda, who is completely stolen"

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"and is just out-and-out copied. Shamelessly, I would think.” he said

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In response to Dante's comments, Disney+ and Lucasfilm have not responded yet