Here’s a Christmas present to all those who asked me what it’s like to hang out with Baby Yoda on the set of #TheMandalorian #TheTragedy. Check out #DisneyGallery for more behind the scenes! pic.twitter.com/6ShINBxJAN
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) December 25, 2020
Spoiler Warning for the second season of The Mandalorian.
As if that wasn’t enough of a treat, Rodriguez also told the story of how he went to his backyard and filmed his sons and some Star Wars action figures to illustrate his vision for the epic Boba Fett scene from The Tragedy for the team. We even get a short glimpse of the video at the 42:10 mark in the special.
Alongside these wonderful gifts from Rodriguez, The Mandalorian’s crew reveal some very interesting details as they go through each episode, and you can check out some of our favorites below;
- The codename for The Mandalorian TV series is Huckleberry.
- The Volume, which is the groundbreaking wraparound LED screen that is used on set for backgrounds and immersing the actors in the scenes, was 100 feet long and 22 feet tall for this season.
- The Krayt Dragon in the season premiere was originally only designed to be 150ft long, but the team decided it needed to have much more presence and ended up being a 600-foot monster.
- David Choe was brought in to help make the graffiti in the premiere feel authentic. He even got the chance to play an alien this season.
- The ice spiders from the second episode of season 2 were inspired by the work of Star Wars legend Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie is responsible for so much of what makes Star Wars look like Star Wars.
- Misty Rosas played the Frog Lady in season 2. Rosas also played Kuiil in season 1.
- Dave Filoni purposefully didn’t bring Ahsoka Tano into the first season of The Mandalorian because he didn’t want to mess her introduction up and rush into it.
- Ahsoka’s lightsabers went through many iterations as Dave Filoni wanted them to be in a smaller form that was similar to Samurai katanas.
- Ahsoka, who was created by both George Lucas and Dave Filoni for The Clone Wars, was one of the first things Filoni ever drew for the project.
Every Actor and Character in The Mandalorian
- Robert Rodriguez turned that Boba Fett battle scene in The Tragedy from a “3-page battle scene into a 9-minute battle scene.” He also wanted to make Boba Fett into what we all imagined him to be.
- When comparing Boba Fett to The Mandalorian, Rodriguez said that if The Mandalorian is a gunslinger, Boba Fett is a barbarian.
- Boba Fett actor Temuera Morison, who was born in New Zealand, requested that the gaffi stick he wielded take inspiration from Maori culture.
- While pretty much all of the scenes in The Mandalorian are shot in-doors in front of the Volume LED screen, the team had to go to Simi Valley in California to shoot the battle scene in The Tragedy as the indoor set was just too small.
- One of the most difficult parts of filming in Simi Valley was that they couldn’t use explosions due to the risk of causing a fire. The one exception was for the scene where Fennec is running along the rocks as it was far away from anything combustible.
- In The Believer, with the help of The Volume LED screen, we are able to see the interior of Boba Fett’s Slave One rotating during take-off for the first time.
- While many miniatures of ships – like the Razor Crest – in The Mandalorian were scanned in to be used on The Volume, Moff Gideon’s cruiser was built as a 5-foot-long miniature that was filmed using techniques seen in the original films.
- The staff wielded by Bib Fortuna in Jabba’s Palace was taken from his action figure and is the first time it has appeared on screen.
For more on The Mandalorian, check out our full season 2 review, our explainer of the season’s ending and what it means for season 3, and the reveal of The Book of Boba Fett spinoff series.
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