A rare species
of small, furry
little creatures with large ears that, according to the Gremlins
novelization, were genetically engineered
and sent to Earth
. Mogwais are cute
and will even sing
for you if they like you, but these little bundles of puff have a dark side
There are three important rules for caring for a mogwai. Never forget them and never violate them. The rules are:
- Keep it out of bright light. Mogwais hate bright light, and sunlight will melt them, leaving behind a stain that's a pain to clean up.
- Don't get them wet. Don't give the mogwai a bath and don't give it a drink. Water causes mogwais to multiply in a painful fashion, and the offspring are never as friendly as the original mogwai.
- And most importantly, whatever you do, never ever feed them after midnight. Doing so will cause your cute little mogwai to undergo a metamorphosis into a nasty killer gremlin.
The novelization of Gremlins
includes a few more facts about the mogwai that aren't seen in the two movies, Gremlins
and Gremlins 2: The New Batch
. One of the most interesting is that mogwais are incapable of outright anger (even though Gizmo
the mogwai exhibits this trait in the films. The book explains that the gremlin
s drove him to anger and that he is the first of his kind to become angry) and are incapable of even swearing
. In fact, the mogwai equivalent of a curse word
is "stinky ice cream
" or "not nice person
". Furthermore, at one point there was an entire mogwai civilization on another planet, but after so many of the mogwais went gremlin
, their creators rounded up the remaining friendly mogwais and shipped them off to other planets.
In the Gremlins movies the voices of the mogwais were performed by Howie Mandel.