Baby Yoda’s cute voice created by kinkajous and big-eared foxes – CNET
, officially called The Child, is , with a cute voice to match. But how did Lucasfilm create that voice?
When Twitter user CarlosCrits tweeted the question, “Who should they pick to do the voice of baby Yoda?” Star Wars fans responded with their favorite picks:, , Fran Drescher, Gilbert Gottfried and .
But the real answer of how Lucasfilm created Baby Yoda’s voice is even more fun.
“Baby Yoda is voiced by a combination of baby samples, bat-eared foxes and kinkajous,” according to a tweet from Lucasfilm sound designer Matt Wood.
Wood said fellow Lucasfilm sound designer Dave Acord also contributed to Baby Yoda’s voice. Acord also voiced Jabba the Hutt’s baby Rotta the Huttlet for.
Acord got in on the Twitter discussion about Baby Yoda’s voice. “As Matt Wood has noted, the animal component to The Mandalorian Baby Yoda’s voice is part kinkajou,” Acord tweeted.
A kinkajou is a furry tropical rainforest mammal with a prehensile (gripping) tail it uses much like another arm. While kinkajous might behave a bit like monkeys, they are actually related to raccoons.
“The other animal component to the Baby Yoda voice is a bat-eared fox,” Acord tweeted. A bat-eared fox is a small African fox known for its enormous ears, which can grow to be over 5 inches (13 centimeters) tall.
It’s good to know cute animals voiced Baby Yoda, but I’d still love to see Pee-wee Herman take a shot.