What?! How could she? After all, she shared the screen with the Porgs, the little frowning birds from Ahch-To, in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, and it appears they will be back in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. How could she just jump on the Baby Yoda bandwagon? Well, as she explained:
“We worked for six months on The Last Jedi and in every interview, ‘What about the porgs?’ I was like, ‘The porgs were there for a day! I was there every day for six months! We worked hard.’”
John Boyega has also expressed his dislike of the Porgs, which as he pointed out, are really just creepy blinking puppets.
“Baby Yoda” isn’t actually Yoda, but Yoda’s race has never been given a name, so fans have simply begun calling this 50-year-old toddler “Baby Yoda” to make it easier. On ‘The Mandalorian’, he is simply referred to as “The Child” or “The Kid.” Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) identified him as male.
After debuting at the end of the first episode of ‘The Mandalorian’, the usually spoiler-respectful ‘Star Wars’ fandom went nuts on the internet, gushing about this adorable new creature and sharing memes. Forget about the fact that most of the rest of the world doesn’t even have Disney+ yet and Baby Yoda’s reveal was a surprise twist!
Of course, the cynical have dismissed both the Porgs and Baby Yoda as marketing ploys to sell toys and other merchandising. But fans don’t care and are antsy that there isn’t more Baby Yoda merch to throw their money at. And even though he’s basically a McGuffin, Baby Yoda still plays a pretty major role in the storyline of ‘The Mandalorian’. The Porgs really didn’t do anything except make Chewbacca consider becoming a vegetarian.
You can watch all of Ridley’s interview on the ‘Tonight Show’ below:
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ opens in theaters on December 20, 2019. New episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’ are released every Friday, with the exception of the seventh, which will be released on Wednesday, December 18, two days before ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ opens.