Joe Dante, director of the Gremlins films (1984 and 1990), is convinced that Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) is a rip-off of Gizmo. (Watch clips of the two characters above and below.)
"I think the longevity of (the Gremlins films) is really key to this one character (Gizmo), who is essentially like a baby," Dante told the San Francisco Chronicle. "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."
For their part, "The Mandalorian" showrunners have named different inspirations for Grogu than Gizmo, namely "E.T." and the film "Paper Moon," in which a con artist duo play father and child. But fans have noted the resemblance between the two since Grogu debuted.