Back, Baby Yoda GIF Files Are

Associated Press
November 26, 2019 - 8:17 pm
Baby Yoda

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NEW YORK (AP) — People can send each other animations of Baby Yoda again.

Giphy, a database of the mini-videos, had been removing animated GIF files of the Star Wars character from the new Disney Plus streaming series "The Mandalorian." That led to speculation that Disney asked for this because of copyright concerns.

But Giphy is blaming "confusion" in a statement. It says it conducted a review, and Baby Yoda GIFs are back and available to share.

Giphy says it's sorry to Disney for any inconvenience.

Giphy declined to elaborate on why it removed the GIFs. Disney referred questions to Giphy.

Baby Yoda
(Disney Plus via AP)

"The Mandalorian" is one of a handful of new series on Disney Plus, which launched two weeks ago and attracted 10 million subscribers on its first day.

Baby Yoda can safely be considered a breakout star of "The Mandalorian." According to Vanity Fair, the creature is an animatronic puppet, not a CGI-derived character. 

"The puppet, the realness of it, is a triumph of design. The inside of his sideways bunny ears is the color of a sunset on your happiest day. His supple green skin is the texture of pistachio pudding, and his bottomless black eyes are so massively dilated they can only see the goodness in us," an article published Tuesday gushes.

Disney is only now beginning to recognize the merchandising opportunities, the magazine says.

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