Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Werner Herzog against the CGI for Baby Yoda
The minds behind Star Wars: The Mandalorian took a big risk with “Baby Yoda” in the series, a live-action, because their use of visual effects that are not artificial to give life to a character in certain sequences could lead to disappointing results, though Werner Herzog has called the film-makers “cowards” for having shot a few scenes without the puppet in favor of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery).
Herzog is a director and very well known thanks to movies such as Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man, and with his comments he probably intends to inspire the filmmakers, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to adhere to their decision to use a puppet for the character instead of using visual effects alternative.
During an event of the screening, Filoni recalled that when he attempted to remove the Baby Yoda from a scene to allow the use of CGI, Herzog said: “you are a coward,“ and asked: “Leave him alone“.
Another registai of the series, Deborah Chow, has recalled a meeting he was leading Herzog in a scene with the marionette, in which Herzog apparently interacted with Baby Yoda as if it were a living creature:
“I was directing Werner with the puppet and Werner was truly in love with the child. Werner, I think, had forgotten that in reality was not a living creature, and began in some way to ... direct the child“, has revealed the director, continuing: “At a certain point, he literally forgot that he was a living being, and was talking with the child as if it was a creature of real-existing“.
These comments echo the observations that Chow had previously done, explaining the connection he had seen between Herzog and the puppet.
The new episodes of Star Wars: The Mandalorian are transmitted on the Disney + every Friday.
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