The Vegetable Gremlin, 30+ years later
In my opinion, the Vegetable Gremlin might just be the most iconic looking Gremlin design to find its way out of Rick Baker's Cinovation Studio back in 1989-1990. 'Veggie' for short was the brainchild of monster maker Norman Cabrera who also had a hand in the Brain Gremlin design.
The artistry that came out of Rick's studio was always of the highest level, but the detail going on here with The Vegetable Gremlin is nothing short of incredible. From carrots as a chin, peppers as cheeks, and apples and pears for a rounded head- the unbridaled absurdity is just off the charts.
This Vegetable Gremlin prop is believed to be the most frequently used in production, as his whole body was never shown in the movie. It was restored and sealed around 2010-2011 by Brian Penikas, who was on the original Cinovation Creature Team.
Our hero Vegetable Gremlin puppet was used throughout Gremlins 2 and can be seen in many of the screenshots below.
Vegetable Gremlin Storyboards:
One of the more unique scenes in Gremlins 2 is when the Vegetable Gremlin emerges from the Clamp salad bar. This great sequence is captured in storyboard images below.
From the collection of John Hora
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The magical collectibles store that Gizmo calls home has just been destroyed, and the tiny monster finds his way into a newly erected skyscraper. Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) and his bride-to-be, Kate (Phoebe Cates), who have previously dealt with Gremlins run amok, discover that Gizmo and an impish legion of reptilian pals are inhabiting the downtown building. The couple tries to stop the creatures from escaping into New York City, but this new batch of beasts might be uncontrollable.