"Gremlins" director Joe Dante said Baby Yoda from the "Star Wars" Disney+ TV series, "The Mandalorian," was "completely stolen" from the Gizmo character featured in the movie he directed, Gremlins.
The director is not planning on suing Disney or Lucasfilm, but says the Star Wars series "copied" the character from the 1984 movie.
"I think the longevity of [the films] is really key to this one character [Gizmo], who is essentially like a baby," Dante told the San Francisco Chronicle in a recent interview. "Which brings me, of course, to the subject of Baby Yoda, who is completely stolen and is just out-and-out copied. Shamelessly, I would think."
Gizmo is the main character in the movie "Gremlins," and its sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch," which premiered in 1990.