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I know the first Mogwai, Gizmo was bought in a pet shop. Other Gremlins were created out of him after water was spilt onto him.

My question is, is there any information on the origin of the Mogwai/Gremlins?

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Gizmo is a Mogwai, not a Gremlin... –  Izkata Feb 22 at 21:30
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According to the novelization by George Gipes, the Mogwai were genetically engineered by an alien called Mogturmen. The gremlin-izing effect was a genetic flaw. There's more info at the gremlin wiki: gremlins.wikia.com/wiki/Mogturmen –  Lew Delport Feb 22 at 21:43
    
The answer is asia, the drunkard who was a pilot and fought against either vietnam or korea recognozed them as gremlins, the old man who advised the father againt taking and refused to sell is from the orient and claims it is from his home –  giacomo casanova Feb 23 at 3:59
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Within the film universe, no origin is offered for the genesis of the Mogwai or their malevolent counterparts; the Gremlins.

In the novelisation "Gremlins : The Movie", we are advised that the Mogwai are the result of alien genetic engineering gone awry. They're a species engineered long ago on the planet Enz by a being named Morgturmen;

"... the galactic powers ordered the Mogwai sent to every inhabitable planet in the universe, their purpose being to inspire alien beings with their peaceful spirit and intelligence and to instruct them in the ways of living without violence and possible extinction. Among the planets selected for early Mogwai population were Kelm-6 in the Poraisti Range, Clinpf-A of the Beehive Pollux, and the third satellite of MinorSun#67672, a small but fertile body called Earth by its inhabitants."

Mogwai Dance

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that gif...I am not certain it invokes a peaceful spirit in me. –  flq Feb 22 at 23:23
    
@flq - I chose it because the one above is a bit gruesome... –  Richard Feb 23 at 9:12
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