I understand where Lucas was coming from in including Jar Jar in TPM, as "the wise fool" or whatever you wanna call him, but he certainly was not wise and he was too much of a fool. He is an annoying character, as executed. I have always thought that he should have had Captain Tarpals' voice, and had less screen time, and have expressed his "foolishness" through dialogue, i.e. saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and things of the like, you know something that was actually witty, instead of bumbling around annoyingly and stepping in crap. I understand, he was there mainly for the kids, and that's fine. However, say what you will about the Ewoks, but their antics weren't nearly as broad as Jar Jar's, and they were there for the kids too. What I'm saying is that there's a way to appeal to children without resorting to silly unimaginative slapstick. I also always thought that Jar Jar shoulda been banished for something a little bit more believable and relevant than "being clumsy." Perhaps he was a thief and was banished for stealing some food for his family, or he worked for Boss Nass's "court" as a Jester or something, and one day during a council meeting he spoke up out of turn, perhaps by suggesting that they try to make peace with the Naboo, and was exiled. I'm not sure as to what a fitting alternative would be, but the reason for his banishment should not have been for being clumsy. Anything woulda sufficed as long as it was a more valid reason. But I digress. I do prefer his diminshed screentime in AOTC, because he was annoying, but mainly because the baton was passed on to the character to which the role of comic relief truly belongs, C3PO. However, I did like how Jar Jar was manipulated into giving Palpatine power, which made his character seem more important. I just wish that he had been toned down a little, so that i could like him more. At any rate, are there any of you out there who DO wish that Jar Jar had a bigger role in AOTC?