The Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian has gone back in time (in tubular fashion) with a fan-made intro theme that hearkens back to the sitcoms of the 1980's. For a series which has already inspired countless Baby Yoda memes during its short run, this video may be the best offering yet, particularly for fans of a certain age.
Created by Jon Favreau (The Lion King, Iron Man) and starring Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos) as the titular character and series protagonist, The Mandalorian follows the exploits of a lone Mandalorian mercenary in the days after the fall of the Galactic Empire. For the uninitiated, that's after the events of Return of the Jedi, but before Rey, Kylo Ren and the rest of the new trilogy crew came into play with J.J. Abram's series revival/reboot, The Force Awakens. Since its debut on Disney+ last month, The Mandalorian has been praised by critics and fans alike; meanwhile, the show's Baby Yoda character - as it has been dubbed by the internet - has became a sensation on social media.
The 80's-style sitcom intro, which was put together by Gareth Wood and shared on his Facebook page, has gone viral since its posting on Friday, having racked up nearly 450,000 views at the time of this report and tens of thousands more via re-posts on Twitter and other social media hubs. Wood is no stranger to producing Star Wars-inspired video projects with a distinct 80's flair - last year, he released a music video entitled Sunrise on Endor that was based on Return of the Jedi and features synth music and visual effects which would look right at home with the film and television programs of the time. While that video was a hit with fans who stumbled upon it, Wood's retro take on The Mandalorian (embedded below) is already reaching a much wider audience.
80's style intro for The Mandalorian. 😆Posted by Gareth Wood on Friday, November 29, 2019
The theme music used by Wood for the video is "You Can Count on Me," which was performed by Greg Evigan and was the theme song for the late 80's sitcom My Two Dads. In that series, Evigan co-starred with comedian Paul Reiser as former friends tasked with raising the pre-teen daughter of a deceased ex-girlfriend. The arrangement is court-mandated despite the fact it's unknown which of the men is her biological father.
Although Favreau intended The Mandalorian as an homage to the Spaghetti Westerns which came to prominence during the 60's and 70's (and succeeded in doing so) its treatment by Wood as an 80's sitcom feels curiously appropriate, particularly as it is presented here. In recent episodes, the show has featured an increasing focus on the relationship between the lone merc and Baby Yoda, and few narrative devices were given the 80's sitcom treatment as often as forced, impromptu, or step-familial dynamics, as with My Two Dads, Perfect Strangers, Step By Step, etc.