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The Mandalorian Gets Reimagined as 1990s Sitcom and We Want Full Episodes Please

Grogu Pains Mandalorian Sitcom
(YouTube/Nerdist)

The Mandalorian is a lot of things. It’s a Star Wars story, it’s a Western, it’s a touching tale of fatherhood, it’s even occasionally about a psychopath who eats babies. What it is not is a family sitcom from the 90s.

But what if it were?

The good people over at Nerdist decided to see what that would look like. They chopped up a bunch of clips from the popular Disney+ show and re-engineered them into the opening titles to a sitcom called “Grogu Pains,” complete with cheesy character intros and funny action shots, and the results are hilarious.

My favorite part has got to be “Robert Fett” but Grogury St. John is pretty solid too. The only thing missing is the use of the actual Growing Pains theme song!

Check it out:

Geniuses Troll The Mandalorian by Adding Lyrics To Theme Song

Mandalorian Lyrics
(YouTube/The Warp Zone)

Admit it: you make up songs sometimes.

Sometimes you pull a Weird Al and create new lyrics for an existing song, sometimes you turn everyday phrases into little jingles, and sometimes you’re inspired by a tune and decide to create a little ditty of your own.

We’ve all done it, but when we do it, it doesn’t usually get hundreds and thousands of likes. Of course, it helps when the song you made up uses the instrumental theme of an incredibly popular TV show.

Which is what the people over The Warp Zone did, when they decided to add some lyrics to the theme song Disney+’s The Mandalorian.

The instrumental theme song is pretty awesome on its own, but when you add these lyrics, it gets pretty hilarious too, using them to describe the show and lay out some of its influences.

Here’s the official description:

IF THE MANDALORIAN THEME SONG HAD LYRICS
Din Djarin sings along to the epic music of the Mandalorian theme by Ludwig Goransson. Along the way, he gives some honest feedback on the Disney Plus show and some of its heavy usage of western and sci-fi movie references.

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Mark Hamill Leads Chorus of Fans Thanking Favreau and Filoni For The Mandalorian

Hamill Thankful for The Mandalorian
(Disney+ Twitter/lorelaisrory)

It’s always fun to learn that a celebrity is a fan of something you also enjoy. Especially if they are actually a part of that thing.

Over the last 45 years, Mark Hamill has been an integral part of the Star Wars universe. Even when he wasn’t an active participant – in the 90s and 2000s, when the prequels were being made and the star of the original trilogy was seemingly a bit out in the cold, Hamill was a large part of fan culture, either via his genial interaction within Star Wars fans online, secret roles, and off or via his voice-acting roles in various other popular universes.

Now that Hamill was brought back into the fold with the newer trilogy, and Disney+ has helped further awaken the original Star Wars fanbase with the phenomenal Mandalorian series, Hamill is once again front and center, the way
his Luke Skywalker was back in the 70s and 80s. But then it seemed like he might be gone forever when he wrote a touching farewell letter.

But with The Mandalorian’s second season finale, the spotlight was all on Luke, and, like everyone else, he loved every minute of it.

The Mandalorian has brought almost nothing but praise from fans and critics, and Star Wars fans everywhere are thanking Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni for creating and elevating the series to be a worthy companion to the original trilogy.

Just before the new year, Hamill himself joined the chorus of praise, thanking the men behind Luke Skywalker’s triumphant and unexpected return last month, adding the “#ThankYouJonandDave” hashtag to a tweet about his appearance:

Fans followed Hamill’s lead, highlighting moments they loved, like Mando and Grogu’s goodbye:

And the live-action appearances of favorite characters:

And for simply resurrecting the thrills they felt when being introduced to Star Wars for the first time:

Happy New Year! Like Mark Hamill and all the other fans out there, we can’t wait to see what Star Wars has in store for us in 2021!

The Mandalorian Season 2 Documentary Special Drops on Christmas Day

Mandalorian Xmas Special
(Disney)

2020 has been a rough year, but as we approach 2021, there are signs of hope. And it looks like we’ll be able to close out this year from hell with some solid entertainment.

The Mandalorian’s Stellar second season ends this week, but that doesn’t mean there is not more quality stuff to stream over the holidays. Disney+ will be releasing the new Pixar movie Soul on Xmas Day, HBO Max is dropping Wonder Woman 1984 as a Christmas present, and The Mandalorian himself will have some new material when the kids drag you out of bed that morning.

Disney+ is releasing a social one-hour edition of their behind-the-scenes show, Disney Gallery, focusing on the second season of The Mandalorian.

Mandalorian Christmas Special
(Disney)

The official announcement lays it all out:

“From the triumphant return of legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett to the live-action debut of fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, the second season of The Mandalorian is a fun, surprising, emotional thrill-ride which has kept fans excited to see how each new weekly chapter will unfold. Disney+ will bring viewers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking season in a new hour-long Making of Season Two special, premiering December 25 on the streaming service.

In this new installment of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, filmmakers and cast provide unprecedented access to the storytelling decisions and innovations that went into the second season of the Emmy Award-winning series.

Featuring immersive on-set footage that places viewers right in the middle of the filmmaking process, and rare insights from the cast and crew, this special documentary explores the production of all 8 episodes in season two – from early concept art through the groundbreaking technology introduced in the series.”

The episode piggybacks on the original Gallery series that spent 8 episodes going over the making of the show’s first season. This time it’s just a single episode that focuses on season two, clearly to make sure their Mandalorian content doesn’t run dry before the holidays are over.

It’s not new fictional content, but with the third season of the show already in the works, it shouldn’t be all that long before we get new episodes. And with it probably some new behind-the-scenes content as well.

This is the way, and Christmas is the day.

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda Make Their Fortnite Debut in Season 5

Mandalorian and Baby Yoda Fortnite
(Epic Games)

Fortnite’s Chapter 2: Season 5 kicked off this week and with it has arrived one of the most beloved bounty hunter dads in the galaxy.  Sorry, no, it’s not ‘Jeans Guy’ (but maybe he’ll show up at some point).

Disney +’s insanely popular The Mandalorian made his debut and he looks very slick.  The good news is you’ll unlock him immediately with the purchase of the new Zero Point Battle Pass.  The bad news is if you want to unlock The Child (aka Baby Yoda) to follow you around, you’re going to have to hit level 100 in the Battle Pass.  That’s gonna take some time.

With this new bounty hunter themed Fortnite season, there comes an additional six original characters to unlock in the Battle Pass, new areas to explore on the island, weapons to use (like Mandos Sniper Rifle), and quests and bounties to complete for rewards.

My kids and I go through Fortnite “phases” where certain seasons of the game hold our attention while others don’t, but so far we’re having a blast with this new one.  The squad is back together, we’re working on our first Season 5 Victory Royale, and things are looking promising.  If it doesn’t hold their attention for as long as it takes me to unlock that adorable little Yoda lookalike though, well, I’m just gonna have to fly solo as Mando does.  This is the way.

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‘Jeans Guy’ Is The Mandalorian’s New Breakout Character

Jeans Guy
(Twitter/SubCity_Comics)

Baby Yoda was the breakout star of season 1 of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. He took over pop culture, becoming a cocktail and even a cereal, in addition to being a crazily in-demand toy. And now, season 2 of “The Mandalorian” has given us another breakout star: Jeans Guy.

Who is Jeans Guy? Where did he come from? These are stories we don’t have yet, that hopefully the rest of season 2 will fill in. The mysterious new character made his debut in episode 4 of season 2 and was spotted in the background of a shot of our heroes (the titular Mandalorian and his bounty hunting pals) shooting up an old Empire base. The crew member (or mysterious new character???) was spotted in the background of a shot and is clearly something that was missed in editing.

But the internet is having fun with it, as we should. Sub-city comics already turned the character into an action figure, which would probably be the hit of the Christmas season:

It quickly had fans reminiscing about perhaps the most famous editing snafu, the Starbucks cup that made it into an episode of Game of Thrones.

If you’re not an action figure collector, perhaps the Jeans Guy Lego set is more up your alley.

Jeans Guy quickly went viral, and as season 1, The Mandalorian would be served best by embracing it. They are currently working on the production of season 3, so hopefully, they are carving out a much larger role for mysterious Jeans Guy from the weird Empire base lab.

Also, having denim as official Star Wars canon opens up a ton of costume possibilities in future seasons.

And since we can’t see the face of Jeans Guy, it’s a possibility that it’s actually a character we’ve seen before in the Star Wars Universe.

With half of season 2 still ahead, we hoped to learn much more about Jeans Guy and how he fits into the Star Wars Universe. Sadly, it was recently announced that he was edited out of the episode.

RIP Jeans Guy, yet another casualty of 2020.

LEGO Celebrates The Mandalorian Season 2 With Life-Size 14,000 Piece Baby Yoda

LEGO Baby Yoda Big Build
(YouTube/LEGO)

LEGO has given us a huge array of Star Wars sets over the years, ranging from simple to over-the-top elaborate. The LEGO Star Wars partnership began in 1999, but due to the massive success of the iconic collaboration, LEGO has extended the partnership with Lucasfilm multiple times. Fortunately, we get to enjoy the sweet fruits of this match made in Alderaan until at least 2022.

The people at LEGO are extremely good at keeping up with the latest trends, releasing multiple sets based on The Mandalorian in under a year since the hugely successful series’ premiere. However, the first LEGO Mandalorian set was missing one very important character – Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda quickly became the adorable, scrunchy little face of the Disney+ series, so its absence from the set was noticeable. LEGO remedied the situation by giving Baby Yoda its very own set. Though Baby Yoda isn’t actually the younger version of the wise old Yoda we know and love, Mandalorian fans quickly took a liking to The Child – maybe because whatever species these little green guys are, they’re freaking cute.

Over 1,000 pieces to build your very own LEGO Baby Yoda is a pretty sweet tribute – but how does 14,000 LEGO bricks sound? Big, it sounds big. And it is – in fact, LEGO celebrated the release of The Mandalorian season 2 by building a life-size version of The Child (a little over 22 inches tall). If you’re going to bring another Baby Yoda into the world, it’s important to make sure the little guy’s comfortable. Aside from building The Child himself, the LEGO masters built him his very own floating pod.

“Patience you must have,” real Yoda reminded us – and we’re pretty sure he was talking about this. Three master LEGO builders put this set together as a team, and it took a whopping total of 119 hours.

LEGO posted a video of the build on YouTube, but fortunately, they condensed 119 hours down to 55 seconds. The caption read, “‘The Child’ is back in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Watch this video of our master builders creating a scale LEGO model of the galaxy’s cutest co-pilot.”

“Why did we build the cutest co-pilot in the galaxy?” LEGO’s video asked, which is truly an excellent question.

“Because this is the way!” An extremely on-brand answer that’s The Mandalorian equivalent of “because I said so.”

Regardless of the real reason, big Baby Yoda is cool as heck. Don’t forget to watch the Season 2 premiere of The Mandalorian on October 30 on Disney+, and if you’re planning on attempting your very own Big Build, may the force be with you.

The Mandalorian Is Getting a Series of Books and Comics

Star Wars The Mandalorian Books
(Star Wars)

They say the universe never stops expanding, and we believe that’s also the case for the Star Wars universe. From novelizations to lackluster Christmas specials to game shows to high-end furniture to BBQ grills, there will never be a shortage of ways to get your Star Wars fix.

One of the most popular expansions to the Star Wars media empire has been The Mandalorian on Disney+, which is loads of fun and jam-packed with some truly dazzling production design. The series even launched a whole subgenre of memes in the form of Baby Yoda.

Earlier this summer, the official Star Wars website announced that it would continue Mandalorian world-building with a new series of published titles. One of those titles is The Art of The Mandalorian, and the cover art by Lucasfilm illustrator Doug Chiang alone makes it a worthy addition to any fan’s coffee table.

(Disney)

The series is also getting its own Marvel comic, as well as a coloring and activity book, magazine, and children’s storybook. Fans of Star Wars can expect The Art of the Mandalorian to hit shelves this December, with more releases slated for winter and spring 2021. Here’s what to look forward to:

  • The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) by Phil Szostak; cover by Doug Chiang (Pre-order for 36.00 for delivery on December 1)
  • The Mandalorian: Original Novel (adult novel, Del Rey) by Adam Christopher
  • The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide (DK) by Pablo Hidalgo
  • The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies – Level Two Reader (DLP) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: 8×8 Storybook (title to be revealed later) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: Junior Novelization by Joe Schreiber

And for no reason, here’s Baby Yoda again.

We have spoken.

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This Is the Way: The Mandalorian Snags Seven Emmy Wins

Mandalorian Doc
(Disney+)

Though the Star Wars franchise has undoubtedly had a lot of misses and false starts lately, The Mandalorian has been a saving grace in the Star Wars universe. Set between the fall of the Empire and the arrival of the First Order, the series follows bounty hunter Din Djarin on his various exploits, protecting Baby Yoda at all costs.

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series, an enormous challenge given that it has to compare to the production quality of feature films. Fortunately, Disney+ jumped on the project, and The Mandalorian was a hit. Surpassing Netflix’s extremely popular series “Stranger Things” in audience demand, it was clear from early on that the Star Wars series would leave a mark on pop culture. Season two is already on the way, the trailer was just released, and fans of the show couldn’t be happier.

Night three of the Creative Art Emmys confirmed what we already knew – The Mandalorian is a show well worth celebrating. Since Disney+ has only been available since November of 2019, this is the first year that any Disney+ show has been eligible for an Emmy. Thanks to The Mandalorian’s staggering 15 Emmy nominations, the streaming platform hit the ground running. Walking away with an impressive five Emmy wins in one night, The Mandalorian took home more awards than any other show as of day three.

The Mandalorian took home awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour), Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour), Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour), Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

A brand new show snagging five Emmy wins is incredible, but the Star Wars series wasn’t done. The talented Ludwig Göransson walked away with the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score). The Mandalorian also won an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie. That brings the grand total to seven well-deserved Emmys for this game-changing show, setting the bar high for future seasons.

Among the other winners for this year’s extremely unusual virtual Emmy ceremony were Rick and Morty, taking home their second-ever Outstanding Animated Program Emmy. Watchmen also absolutely nailed it this year, tying with The Mandalorian with seven Emmy wins (and 26 nominations!). Watchmen won the awards for Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie, and several others. Eddie Murphy took home his first-ever primetime Emmy award for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series after hosting SNL, 40 years after first appearing on the show.

A bizarre award ceremony, but definitely an exciting one full of highly-deserving winners. If only we could have given Baby Yoda his very own Emmy for Outstanding Everything, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards would have been absolutely perfect.

This Is the Way To the Trailer for the Mandalorian Season 2

Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer
(YouTube/Star Wars)

Like most of us, Star Wars isn’t having the best year. Rise of Skywalker disappointed all around – which makes sense now that we know they didn’t even know what story they were telling while they were telling it. Former cast member John Boyega has been active on social media, dropping bombs against the franchise every chance he gets.

On the TV front, the highly anticipated Obi-Wan show starring Ewan McGregor was forced to stop production for some rejiggering before the pandemic arrived to halt production completely.

I hate to use this line, but The Mandalorian is our only hope. Thankfully, based on the new footage in the first trailer for season two of the hit Disney+ show, it looks like it’s going to deliver.

There have been some rumors of unrest on the Mando set too, but those rumors are easy to dismiss when the trailer is this good. Mando is back, along with The Child, aka Baby Yoda, 2019’s breakout star, Apollo Creed, UFC’s Gina Carano, plenty of stormtroopers, and even some Jedi.

Picking up after last season’s showdown with Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon (and his legendary dark saber), Mando is off to find the “race of enemy sorcerers” and give Baby Yoda to them. Based on what we see here, it won’t be easy, but it will be badass!