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Entertainment Why You Can’t Help But Love Baby Yoda

20:26  11 december  2019
20:26  11 december  2019 Source:   vulture.com

If Baby Yoda can’t save the universe then no one can

  If Baby Yoda can’t save the universe then no one can Marie-Danielle Smith: Disney has achieved peak cute with an infant—okay, 50-year-old—member of the beloved Jedi master's speciesIt is true on a spiritual level. On every level.

a close up of a stuffed toy on a table: Resistance is futile. Oh wait, wrong franchise. Disney+© Disney+ Resistance is futile. Oh wait, wrong franchise. Disney+

Humanity is helpless in the face of Baby Yoda. Those saucer-size eyes, X-wing ears, and three-digit mitts are adorable enough to melt any heart, even one hiding behind Beskar armor. But when watching The Mandalorian, you don’t even have much choice in the matter: Science says we’re all programmed to react a certain way when we see the little green guy.

“Little Baby Yoda is not a natural animal,” says Alan Beck, a professor of animal ecology at Purdue University. “He was selected. He, basically, was more than even domesticated for the traits that we hold dear.”

Things We Saw Today: The First Official Baby Yoda Merchandise Is Not Great

  Things We Saw Today: The First Official Baby Yoda Merchandise Is Not Great Unfortunately for our hearts and wallet, the first official Baby Yoda offerings from Star Wars and our Disney overlords reek of a rush job. Disney was clearly caught off-guard by the demand to own a piece of Baby Yoda all our own. The character was kept top-secret, which means that toys were not planned in advance, presumably to prevent leaks (which can often come in toy form). This is understandable. However, it seems clear from the merch finally put on offer today via an announcement on StarWars.com that Disney really just had no idea Baby Yoda was going to take off the way it did.

There’s been an abundance of research on the power of cuteness over the years, going at least as far back as the 1940s. That’s when ethologist and zoologist Konrad Lorenz proposed the existence of “baby schema,” a cluster of physical characteristics that inspires caregiving. Among the attributes? A large round head and wide eyes. Baby Yoda certainly matches that description, and it’s hard to believe that’s just a coincidence. “They know what they’re doing,” says Daniel Blumstein, a professor with UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Of course, no one involved with The Mandalorian has explicitly said that the show’s creative team engineered Baby Yoda for internet domination, but this is Disney we’re talking about. Back in 1980, the now-late paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould wrote about how the company transformed Mickey Mouse to make the mascot more childlike and appealing with a bigger head and eyes, thicker snout and limbs.

Baby Yoda is out-trending Democratic presidential candidates

  Baby Yoda is out-trending Democratic presidential candidates The data is with him.

“We are sort of hardwired to respond to these sorts of features,” Blumstein says. “Oh, isn’t that cute, we say when we see a Baby Yoda, or when we see a puppy, or when we see a baby of any other species, where we might not have that same feeling when we see an adult of another species.”

Even if the House of Mouse isn’t deliberately playing with baby schema, it is tapping into it and other scientific concepts, notes Samuel Levin, an evolutionary biologist and senior research associate at Oxford University. “Star Wars is set in a galaxy long, long ago and far, far away. As long as it’s in our universe, we know that the rules of evolutionary biology apply,” he says.

For instance, a recent study suggests that baby humans hit maximum cuteness at 6 months old, a finding that might have to do with infant mortality rates. Levin supposes that a similar theory could apply to 50-year-old Baby Yoda and his mysterious species. “He’s clearly at optimal cuteness,” Levin says. “Maybe this tells us that species have high mortality rates in ages 0 to 30, or something. But around age 50 is when [there’s] low mortality rates, they’ve made it through some threshold of dying.”

Baby Yoda Takes Over Kermit For Most Loved GIF

  Baby Yoda Takes Over Kermit For Most Loved GIF Sorry Kermit, there is a new favourite in town. For almost as long as GIFs have been around, Kermit sipping tea has been a favourite and goes for pretty much everything, particularly juicy gossip which Twitter is never short of. RELATED: ‘The Mandalorian’ Tops ‘Stranger Things’ As The Most-Streamed Show Yet with Baby Yoda starringFor almost as long as GIFs have been around, Kermit sipping tea has been a favourite and goes for pretty much everything, particularly juicy gossip which Twitter is never short of.

The sight of Baby Yoda doesn’t only bring out purely nurturing feelings, though. Bryce Dallas Howard — who directed the fourth episode of The Mandalorian — herself had an intense reaction when she first saw the robed puppet. She told Vulture recently that it was similar to the feeling of wanting to “smush” something because it’s so cute, a sensation that scientists call “cute aggression.” According to a study published in 2018, it’s possible that the nonthreatening impulse to squeeze or bite something adorable (like, say, an alien frog) is a coping mechanism, a way to balance overwhelming positive emotions.

However people respond to The Mandalorian’s breakout star — by screaming, crying, or just giving him a polite nod at an NBA game — one thing is indisputable. “I think the scientific community can officially rule,” Levin says, “that Baby Yoda is cute.”

This Rescue Kitten Looks Like Baby Yoda, and the Internet Has Fallen In Love .
This Rescue Kitten Looks Like Baby Yoda, and the Internet Has Fallen In LoveThe cat, whose actual name is Joy (which seems befitting), was found by a volunteer at the Humane Society of Rowan County on December 15th, and in pretty rough shape. “She had sores on her neck, bad sores all around her neck, an upper respiratory infection, fleas, you name it," Humane Society volunteer Nancy Rominger told BuzzFeed News. Which means that Baby Yoda Cat, err, Joy, isn’t available for adoption quite yet—though the organization has already heard from plenty of interested parties.

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