The first episode of The Mandalorian aired on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. Since then Baby Yoda has become an internet sensation through memes. A few deem him to be the cutest creature in the universe and Star Wars fans have created a lot of buzz about him lately. The show creator Jon Favreau has shared the original concept art of Yoda on Instagram the was adorable.
Yoda keeps audiences come back for every episode, but the music composer’s job was challenging. Ludwig Goransson avoided going back to old Star Wars music leaving him very less room to think about the music scoring of this series.
It was probably one of the most difficult parts of the musical language because Jon [Favreau] is extremely — I mean he is a genius. And you know the baby is so extremely cute, right? So the first thing you do when you see in it, you refer to it as Baby Yoda, and I would say he’s the character that’s the closest to Star Wars. So early on, my initial thought was to have the music a little bit more in the feel of Star Wars and a little bit more, you know, I can’t… there’s only one John Williams, obviously.
He also spoke about who’s perspective the show had and why cute music for Baby Yoda was avoided.
But, I think early on I was like, okay, well are we tying into the Star Wars universe with Yoda? I think I like my first pass was like a little bit more kind of a Star Wars-y sounding theme for the Baby Yoda character. And Jon kept telling me, ‘Hey, no, no, he is already visually so overly cute. So if we make the music cute as well, it’s going to be too much.’ He was very adamant that the show, musically, is almost always being told from The Mandalorian’s perspective.
That makes sense because the job of Mandalorian is not easy. Bounty hunting is tough and music used for it was very relevant. Seeing Baby Yoda for the first time doesn’t make the Mandalorian feel cute about him logically.
So, what [does] The Mandalorian think the first time he sees this little creature? He’s not like, ‘Oh what is this cute little thing?’ He’s like, ‘Oh shit, this is not what I signed up for. I don’t even know what this is.’ So all the music throughout the show is coming from The Mandalorian’s perspective and it’s what puts his facial expressions on screen because you don’t see his facial expression. He’s wearing a helmet the whole time. So musically I need to tell the audience what his facial expressions are saying.