We’ve Hit Peak Baby Yoda With an Edible Grogu Sushi Roll

Baby Yoda Grogu Sushi
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We’ve done it, we have reached peak Baby Yoda! The little guy became a pop culture sensation shortly after his debut in season 1 of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ and went from a must-have toy to just about everything else. And now, The Baby Yoda wave has crested, with his own sushi roll.

The head sushi chef at Wave Asian Bistro and Sushi in Florida came up with the perfect Grogu inspired salmon sushi roll, which The Child himself would approve of. You can watch head sushi chef Alexis Morgan make edible Grogu from start to finish.

Think of where we have been with the Baby Yoda craze. It started when Star Wars fans couldn’t even get their hands on toys, since Disney rolled them out slowly (in an effort to prevent spoilers). That led fans to chopping the heads off angel cookies to make Baby Yoda cookies, and even Ba-Yo cocktails.

Then we got the toys we so richly wanted, including LEGO versions for kids, animatronic versions, and even super expensive high-end toys for collectors. After a second season of “The Mandalorian”, Star Wars fans even got a lot more of The Child’s backstory. Grogu has a name, a dark past, and even a reunion with a Star Wars legend, one that seemingly will take him off the show for a while.

So it stands to reason the Baby Yoda craze will begin to hit the downslope. With less Grogu on TV, there’ll be less demand for the little green guy, and thus wild creations like his own salmon roll are some of the last big hurrahs for the force-wielding youngster.

Animators Create Recap of “The Mandalorian” Without Ever Watching It

Mando Recap by Animators
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The Mandalorian” is the most important thing to happen to Star Wars since the prequels (which opened the door to more Star Wars content). It took an unsettled IP and showed that there was still a lot of life in it and that new Star Wars movies and shows could be really good. And it energized a ton of Star Wars fans who were never satisfied with the prequel or sequel trilogies.

The show’s massive success was instrumental to Disney+’s rollout and opened the door to the 1,000 new Star Wars shows we’re getting. On top of that, it seemed like Baby Yoda was everywhere after the first season, from toys to drinks and anywhere in between. It felt like everyone had seen the show.

But most people, despite it being a hit, still had not! Two of those people felt like they knew enough about it though, just from hearing all the constant internet chatter about the show and its favorite little character, to recap it. So the two, award-winning animators Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera made an animated short recapping the Mandalorian, only based on tweets from their friends.

And honestly, they nail a good chunk of it.

@smallbuanimationWhat I think the Mandolorian is About ##mandolorian ##themandolorian ##StarWars ##babyyoda ##grogu ##animation ##funny ##cute ##parody ##fyp♬ original sound – Smallbu Animation

The duo who have co-created web series and worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, get a LOT of it right. And it’s fun to see someone take a guess at the show’s plot without seeing a single episode. The video got nearly a million views on Tik Tok and hundreds of thousands on Twitter, so it’s safe to say plenty of people enjoyed the recap, and they should continue to recap other Star Wars properties (and any popular shows) they’ve missed out on.

‘The Mandalorian’ Actress Brought Her Star Wars Loving Dad to the Set

Star Wars Dad
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Generations of Star Wars fans have been introduced to the franchise by their dads. I introduced my kids into the Stars world universe, just as my father did before me. Very few people, though, get the chance to pay their dad back by actually bringing them to a galaxy far, far away. That was the case for one person though, an actor on Disney+’s smash hit ‘The Mandalorian.’

Katee Sackhoff plays a Mandalorian badass named Bo-Katan. Her character was a fan-favorite in the animated series, and Sackhoff, who also voices Bo-Katan, got to bring her character to the live-action Star Wars Universe this season (and maybe next, after watching the finale?). And while it was surely amazing for her, what’s even cooler is she was able to bring her Star Wars loving dad to the set. Most dads don’t get to step on an Imperial cruiser.

“As the daughter of a Star Wars fan, this was one of the best moments of my life. My dad gave me my love of all things science fiction and to be able to take him to set was a dream come true…for both of us.

Thank you Disney, Thank you Dave Filoni for creating this fierce woman and thank you both Dave and Jon Favreau for believing I could take her into live action. You’ve made this little girl’s dream come true.”

The Mandalorian recently concluded an EPIC season 2 on Disney+, with the production of Season 3 to begin soon after work on “The Book of Boba Fett” wraps.

Pedro Pascal Teases New Timeline, Crossovers for Mando Season Three

Pedro Teases Mandalorian S3 Details
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After a fantastic second season that culminated in a mind-blowing finale, fans are dying to learn what’s next for The Mandalorian. Not only did the season end with some major changes that could forever alter the show, but the post-credits stinger scene also confused fans by introducing a new story about Boba Fett.

It has since been clarified that The Book of Boba Fett is a standalone spin-off show and that The Mandalorian will be back for a third season. What we don’t yet know is what the third season will be like, now that the driving storyline of the first two installments was seemingly resolved.

With all the new Star Wars shows coming down the pike for Disney+, it might be a while before we see Mando again, and if recent comments by Pedro Pascal are accurate, some time may pass for the character as well…

Pascal gave an interview to IndieWire in which he discussed his monumental 2020, which not only featured The Mandalorian but also a role in Robert Rodriguez’s Netflix movie We Can Be Heroes, and a villainous turn in Wonder Woman 1984.

During the interview, the actor dropped a few hints about the future of his Star Wars show, which may include shifting timelines and cross-overs into other worlds.

“I am told what’s happening and what the plan is,” said Pascal, “but I can’t share it. They are in the expansion of this world, where there are so many unexpected surprises and timelines that are going to be dealt with. If the character were to cross over into these worlds, it will be utilized in a way that isn’t meant to be expected. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise of whether or not characters from the show we already know are crossing over.”

There’s both a lot of info in there and very little. It definitely makes sense that after season two, The Mandalorian will stretch its wings a bit and broaden the scope of his adventures. Exactly how “crossing over” into different worlds will work is yet to be seen, but Pascal seems hesitant to say much more.

One of the main storylines fans are hoping to see is the battle for Mandalore, which includes Mando’s ownership of the dark saber, putting him at odds with Bo-Katan. Not sure how his comments line up with that, which seems like a more expected continuation of the series. There definitely seems to be hinting at something less conventional.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon, as Disney+ moves forward with its plans. Until then, may the force be with you.

I mean, this is the way.

Pedro Pascal’s Helmet Makes Meeting Mandalorian Fans Awkward AF

Mando No Helmet Bill Burr
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The Mandalorian is a sensation. The Disney+ Star Wars show has captivated audiences with its tale of a badass bounty hunter and the baby Yoda he’s trying to protect.

Its exploration of the hidden corners of that galaxy far far away, complete with introductions to new characters, live-action versions of fan favorites from the cartoons and expanded universe, and appearances from some of the most legendary characters from the original trilogy has made the show a huge water-cooler hit.

On a normal show, this would make the lead character a major star, and while Pedro Pascal, the man who plays Mando, aka Din Djarin, has his share of fame, the fact that he’s almost always wearing a helmet keeps him a bit anonymous.

This can make for some tricky fan encounters, as Pascal explained in an interview with Stir Crazy.

The actor explained that it’s not always easy to impress his young fans when he’s without his Beskar armor or the adorable “child” by his side, and he’s often left with little more than his voice. Which brings its own complications…

“I always feel bad. A parent that I meet, they have their kid, and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to impress my child so much. I’m introducing them to the Mandalorian. But then it’s like my face, and I don’t have The Child with me; I’m not wearing a helmet,” the actor explained while doing press for Wonder Woman 1984, in which he plays “messed up loser guy” Maxwell Lord. “And they look and they’re like, ‘Who’s this guy?’And then, if I’m going to speak to them in a Mando voice, it’s kind of strangely like a bedroom voice. Totally inappropriate. So it’s kind of just like, [awkward sounds].”

Check out the full interview:

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

Grogu Pains Mandalorian Sitcom
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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
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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.

Check it out:

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

Hamill Thankful for The Mandalorian
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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!

RUMORED: Disney+ Has a Luke Skywalker Series in the Works

Luke Skywalker Series
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I hope you watched The Mandalorian‘s season two finale over the weekend because if you haven’t been spoiled yet, you’re about to be.

The explosive conclusion to Disney+’s show not only teased a new spin-off series about Boba Fett, and not only seemed to wrap up Mando’s, aka Din Djarin, quest to find safety for Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, it also brought us Jedi Luke Skywalker, as the pure, unadulterated bad-ass we’ve always imagined but never quite got to see.

It seems we’re about to see a whole lot more of him.

Don’t get it twisted: we knew Luke was a badass in Return of the Jedi, striding into Jabba’s palace (now Boba’s!) to fight off a rancor and free his friend, but with the sequel trilogy picking up 30 years later, with a disillusioned Luke having cut himself off from the force, we never really saw his flex his lightsaber the way we wanted to. Not until he showed up to save the day and rescue Baby Yoda from Moff Gideon, in a green-lit tour-de-force reminiscent of his dad’s explosive appearance at the end of Rogue One.

Fans went wild for Luke’s return – did you see him force crush that dark trooper?! – and will continue to go wild as they rewatch the second half of the episode over and over again. Ease up off that rewind button, because soon we may be able to see a lot more of Luke, the galaxy’s most powerful Jedi because rumor has it that Disney+ is moving forward with a Luke Skywalker series.

The CGI de-aged Luke was a closely guarded secret – even Hamill himself, who loves to have fun on social media, kept quiet (until after it aired!) – but that cameo wasn’t the only new Luke content Disney has in store.

According to Fandom Wire, a new Luke Skywalker show, set around the same time as The Mandalorian, is in development. Nothing is certain at this stage – many projects get developed without coming to fruition – but it’s hard to believe this one won’t make it to air.

Despite using CGI to bring a younger Hamill to the screen, the current buzz points toward recasting, with Marvel’s Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), who looks remarkably like a young Hamill, one candidate to step into Luke’s cloak.

Disney already has fans excited with a ton of new Star Wars projects on the docket, including an Obi-Wan series, a young Lando series, and that Boba Fett spin-off teased in The Mandalorian’s post-credits scene. But a “Luke Skywalker in his prime as a Jedi” series would pretty much blow the rest of those out of the water.

Especially if he’s training Baby Yoda, hanging out with young Han and Leia, and eventually gets to meet his new nephew, Ben…

It’s Confirmed, We’re Getting a Boba Fett Spin-off on Disney+

Book of Boba
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By now, we’re far enough past the season finale of The Mandalorian for this to be a spoiler, but Disney+ is finally bringing us a Boba Fett series. This isn’t news to anyone that watches (all of) “The Mandalorian” as the fan-favorite character made his reappearance into the Star Wars Universe midway through the season. Fett has a post-credits scene that ended with the title screen “The Book of Boba Fett, Coming December 2021.”

No one knew exactly what to make of it. Was it the next season of the Mandalorian? A stand-alone movie? Now, we have confirmation, as Mandalorian creator and beloved hero of true Star Wars fans everywhere, Jon Favreau, has confirmed it’s a stand-alone series, set during the same time as The Mandalorian.

The new original series stars Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the prequels and naturally played a revived Boba in The Mandalorian, and Ming-Na Wen, who was introduced in The Mandalorian as an assassin slash bounty hunting badass.

The two had a role to play with our new favorite Mandalorian this season (seriously, watch the whole season if you haven’t yet, it is INCREDIBLE), but the post-credits scene has nothing to do with the season. Fett, now reunited with his armor, returns to Jabba’s palace, taking out a now-ruling Bibb Fortuna, and sitting on Jabba’s throne with Wen’s Fennec Shand at his side.

So, we get the feeling it’s going to be about his return to the criminal underworld of Tatooine and the outer rim. The series is being produced by Favreau and Dave Filoni, the magnificent duo that gave us The Mandalorian, and the show will be run by the incredible director Robert Rodriguez, who directed the episode with Fett’s return in The Mandalorian.

With no confirmation yet on when we will get season 3 of The Mandalorian, the news of the Book of Boba Fett is very welcome to Star Wars fans.

It’s the best Christmas gift from Disney+, ever.

 

Star Wars Actors Pay Tribute to Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett

Boba Fett Tributes
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In a cruel twist of fate, just as the character he helped make famous had re-entered our lives, the actor who originally portrayed him has passed away.

It’s the circle of life, sort of. (The Mandalorian was created by Jon Favreau, who also directed the live-action Lion King, both of which reside on Disney+. So it sort of makes sense?)

The man who first donned Boba Fett‘s iconic Beskar armor and helmet, actor Jeremy Bulloch, passed away earlier this week. He was 75.

He played the silent but deadly bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. While he didn’t get the chance to reprise the role in the prequel trilogy or on The Mandalorian, where Temuera Morrison has taken over post-Sarlacc pit, he did continue to appear in movies like Octopussy, and on TV, in the BBC’s original Dr. Who series.

He had a wife, three sons, 10 grandkids, and countless fans. Many of whom worked alongside him.

As the news made its way around the internet, various colleagues from within the Star Wars universe paid tribute to Bulloch.

Mark Hamill:

Billy Dee Williams:

And the official Star Wars Twitter account:

And even Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones:

 

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It seems the man who played one of the coolest characters in all of that galaxy far far away was also one of the coolest, and kindest men in our own.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Documentary Special Drops on Christmas Day

Mandalorian Xmas Special
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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
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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.

Disney+ Will Be Debuting 10 New Star Wars Shows and 10 New Marvel Shows

The Mandalorian
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Get ready for a lot more exploration of the galaxy far, far away. Disney announced a MASSIVE new slate of content on their investor call Thursday, including the news that Disney+ will be debuting 10 (!) new Star Wars series over the next few years.

This is the way.

Disney also announced they will be debuting 10 (!) new Marvel series on Disney Plus over the next couple of years as well. It’s all part of how media companies are re-imaging streaming and how they cultivate subscribers. This massive commitment to new streaming content is on the heels of the tremendous success of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”, now wrapping up its second season.

The movies are going online, and more specifically, to streaming services. This move is slated to make Disney+ a much more attractive option, as they are looking to double down (and more) on what’s worked for the platform. There will also be 15 new other series (a combo of live-action, animated, and Pixar stuff).

No specific details were unveiled for what the 10 shows will be, but we know a handful of Marvel shows that are slated to debut soon, as well as the Star Wars Obi-Wan miniseries with Ewan McGregor and a Cassian Andor “Rogue One” prequel series.

We are going to get a LOT of new Star Wars streaming content, and if it’s half as good as “The Mandalorian”, this could mark a new focus for the future of the Star Wars universe (let’s face it, Mando was much better than any of the new movies).

The Disney+ Chairman of Media and Entertainment said on the call that “With these Disney+ originals, along with theatrical releases and library titles, we will be adding something new to the service every week.”

Huge news for fans of The Mandalorian, Star Wars, Marvel, and people with kids who were already roped into committing to the new streaming platform.