George Lucas wusses out, cuts Jar Jar's lines

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  1. BothofUs Jedi Master

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    Jar Jar has already served his role in the saga. In Episode I he brought the Gungans and the Naboo together. Only together were they able to bring down the Trade Federation.
    In AOTC, while he served little purpose, he was given a small cameo role for continuity purposes. On top of the cameo, GL needed a fall guy to set up the beginnings of Palpatines tight grip on the Republic.
    He has served his purpose as far as I am concerned. It will be nice to see him one last time before the end, but he is no longer needed in the grand scheme of things.


    TPM: Jar Jar did something important.
    AotC: Jar Jar did something important.
    RotS: Jar Jar is seen and not heard.

    I ask you, which one does not belong in a 3-part story?
  2. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    Would somebody please tell me that I'm not the only who doesn't give a rats ass that Jar Jar's lines were cut?
  3. Eternal_Jedi Force Ghost

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    From what I can tell of George Lucas and his vision, Jar Jar's character was used only as a storytelling point to reflect the feel of Prequel trilogy. He is strictly used to show how the PT started out being fun and kiddish(TPM), then mysterious(AotC) and then completely goes to hell(RotS).

    Lucas's sole purpose for Jar Jar's in TPM was to show that life before the Sith came back was very easygoing childlike. Hence, Jar Jar is barely in AotC and not in RotS, because there is nothing fun and childlike about Revenge. I appreciate Jar Jar more in TPM now because I see that he represents a mirror of Anakin's life in the PT. Anakin was once a child and yet he was tricked into becoming a monster.


    I think you hit the nail on the head. Jar Jar takes on the role of an until-then unused (in Star Wars) mythical archetype, The Fool. He bumbles his way along, annoying everybody, but still manages to be unintentionally helpful in the end.

    He served his purposes in TPM. Thematically, he brings a light-hearted feel to the film, and represents innocence and good-naturedness. He serves his purpose in the story, in bringing the Naboo and the Gungans together. In the end, he was accepted back into his society as more-or-less a hero. His story arc could be considered complete at this point.

    From the perspective of the story, I don't really see there being much of a role for him in AOTC. He's no longer an outcast from his people, and doesn't even really have much reason to leave Naboo; he doesn't strike me as the adventuring type. The Gungan represntative of Naboo in the senate is about the only logical role he could fill in AOTC. He had a reason to tag along in TPM -- he was banished from his own people, and he owed a life debt to Qui-Gon.

    I never saw him having much of a substantial role in ROTS; the main story points have been established for a long time, and Jar Jar has no role to play in them. Besides, could you imagine in the outrage if it turned out that Anakin actually decided to let Obi-Wan help him after the duel, but Jar Jar stumbled into Obi-Wan, causing him to push Anakin into a lava pit? ;-)

    I think he should have a couple of lines in ROTS, particularly a reaction to Palpatine declaring himself Emperor, and realizing that it was partly his fault. However, in the Making of ROTS book, Lucas is telling Hayden that upon re-thinking the film after principal photography, he's decided that the film should be summed up in one word: Anakin. Thus, the narrative of the film is focused on Anakin's journey, and parts that were tangental may not be included.

    If Jar Jar had been more popular with moviegoers, then I think Lucas might have gone out of his way to include Jar Jar in ROTS. But I don't think Jar Jar was ever destined for more than a very minor role in ROTS.

  4. Jedi_Master_Grover Jedi Master

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    Jar-Jar: "Yousa Jedi gonna die"
  5. MajorNerd Jedi Master

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    the thread is actually more about WHY jar jar doesn't speak in ROTS than anyone actually caring about him imparticular...
  6. Eternal_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I was trying to read Eternal Jedi's post, but it was taking an eternity to read it.


    Would you like me to read it out to you?
  7. DARTHJADO Jedi Master

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    He may have served his purpose, but so did Solo in ANH, but we found something for HIM to do!
    Why he and Luke (both high in command in the Rebellion) had to place sensors on Hoth, I'll NEVER know!
    And why did the Alliance allow SUCH a command crew on Endor in ROTJ!? They had to find SOMETHING for each of those characters who shared so much screen time in the FIRST beloved movie to do!

    It's just that NOBODY (with few exceptions) LIKED Jar Jar Binks. To me, Jar Jar was like wanting to add Roger Rabbit to Terms of Endearment. He RUINED it for me!
    Meesa ANNOYING! Meesa in EVERY FRAME! Meesa all OVER the place! Meesa outplaying REAL actors!
  8. ImperialMarchFace Jedi Master

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    If Jar-Jar IS in the movie, and just isn't actually heard from, then that's fine.
    There is no NEED for Jar-Jar to speak in ROTS. Besides giving a character that we've seen in the past 2 Episodes a line or two, he is useless. He has nothing to do. So put him in the Senate, put him at Padme's funeral, and for the love of all things good in the Star Wars universe don't let him talk.
  9. darth_calvin Jedi Master

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    Wait a minute. Are we now comparing Jar Jar to Han? Han offered valuable skills that were a great asset to the rebellion. It's not hard to see why he would be kept around. What valuable skills would anyone find in Jar Jar?
  10. Jedi_Master_Grover Jedi Master

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    His long tongue.

    Everybody has to have at least one special skill.
  11. EwokThatCried Jedi Master

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    The thing I thought was ridiculous about Jar-Jar in AOTC was that he did not appear on the balcony with Palpatine, Bail and the other delegates at the end as the troops are embarking to war. Tarded.

    I like Jar-Jar. And I like even more the fact that he bothered everyone. That's what he was supposed to do.
  12. Jedidude22 Jedi Youngling

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    why is everyone so mad he cut his lines??? way back whe nmenace came out everyone was b******* about how he was even in the movie and now you are mad they cut his lines???
  13. MANDALORIAN Jedi Master

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    I can't agree with that. Jar Jar wasn't intended to be a fully digital character at the time of writing TPM. Many of Jar Jar's scenes were shot with takes of Ahmed Best in the expensive Jar Jar suit, as they were still considering just doing a head replacement animation for the character. It simply worked out as being no more costly and time-consuming to fully animate the character than to just animate the head and get in synched up with how the body was moving.

    No. In interviews before the script was even written both Lucas and McCallum were boasting how TPM would be the first film to have a fully digital character in a major role. The suit was never good enough to stand up to filming - Best was always going to be replaced.


    The main difference I see between the "old" Lucas and the "new" Lucas is that the new one has a much more flexible and robust set of tools to build what he has imagined. I don't really know where this "CGI above all else" idea keeps coming from. For a lot of things, it's simply the best tool for the job. There are still plently of models and costumes used in making the films. If what you're saying is true, why doesn't he just film the actors wearing blue suits in a blue room, and build all of the sets and costumes in CGI? Why does ILM still have a miniatures department? Heck, why doesn't Lucas just forget about using human actors, and get ILM to work on animated human characters that surpass those of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within?

    Its getting pretty close. In the vast majority of scenes the actor is the only physical element. BTS pictures show seas of blue and green screen and very little else. In ROTS there was NO location filming because Lucas wanted it all done on computer. In TPM and AOTC the battles are as animated as anything Pixar does - it all looks too cartoony.
    As for animating human characters - Lucas has said that this is his ambition.

    Almost all the sets are CGI. He makes up characters JUST so they can be CGI - Dex, Kamino people, Seperatists, Gungans, Geonosians.

    Lucas even makes the Clonetroopers CGI ! Rather than pay an Extra $50 a day to run around in a costume he would rather spend thousands on computer animation. The result? Technically impressive but still 'off'. Look at the Jedi strolling through the temple with a CG gait. Look at the pointlessness of Anakin riding the Space Flea thing. And what is the point in CGI fruit?
    Listen to DVD commentaries. All about effects.
    Lucas claims he waited years for technology to allow him to make these films but there was never anything in the backstory that required such effects. None of the CGI is important to the story - it is simply digital masturbation.
    And for all the CGI craziness, the OT is still much more popular. Must drive Lucas mad.


    Seriously, if that were the case, it would be simpler just to create a totally animated film, like what Pixar does.

    As I said, its not far off.


    And again, the relationship between Anakin and Palpatine is hinted at in one of TPM's final scenes. TPM doesn't need to show this relationship; the main story arc occuring behind-the-scenes in TPM is the story of how Senator Palpatine comes into power, and puts the pieces in place for him to declare himself Emperor. Anakin doesn't come into the picture, for Palpatine, until after the board is set up, and he's ready to start making his moves.

    I am well aware of the story. But more needed to be done. The Anakin-Palpatine scene was put in at the last minute at someone elses suggestion. Perhaps Lucas was too busy thinking Gungans and Battle Droids.

    It is intentional that we don't see a hint of the Dark Side of Anakin in TPM. That was the whole point of his character being the way he was. He was supposed to be an innocent, good-natured kid. The point of the story of the prequels is how a child such as this, totally untouched by evil, can become the monster that we know as Darth Vader.

    But we haven't seen that. We jump forward ten years to a whiny obnoxious teen and then jump forwar
  14. YARN Jedi Knight

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    Mandalorian, you are correct
  15. Panakas_Dawg Force Ghost

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    Luke: We could buy our own ship for that much.

    Han: Look, kid. This isn't some half-trugat Bongo we're talking about here.

    Luke: A what?

    Han: Bongo. Transport. Skiff. Jeez - you never have been off this planet, have you?

    Obi Wan: Is she fast?

    Han: Ever seen Royal Naboo Cruisers?

    Obi Wan: Once or twice.

    Han: Faster.
  16. Deeysew Jedi Youngling

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    Meesa ANNOYING! Meesa in EVERY FRAME! Meesa all OVER the place! Meesa outplaying REAL actors!

    This made my day. Thank you so much. LOLx1138348298

    I don't know whether people who want more binks are joking or not, but please tell me you wanted him to grow and mature too and not be the same old cartoony weirdo he was in the first two. We already have a general Grievous and at least he does coool things and uses lightsabers.
  17. dehrian Manager Emeritus

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    I'd rather have people complaining that Jar Jar's cut than that Jar Jar is in the film, myself.
  18. ST-TPM-ASF-TNE Moderator Emeritus

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    I can conclude two things:

    (1) When Lucas leaves Jar Jar in the movies, people complain that he is talentless and is ruining the Prequels.

    (2) When Lucas takes Jar Jar out of the movies, people complain he is a sellout and a wuss.

    Lucas will never be able to make his fans happy, ever.


    I like Jar Jar and miss his presence, but his lack of a role isn't enough to make me call Lucas a hack. And if Lucas did cut Jar Jar because of the fans, I don't blame him. When you have half the world complaining about a character and wishing death to that character, its hard as a creator to ignore that ;)
  19. Jedi_Nath Jedi Grand Master

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    You do know that JarJar survives till the start of "EpisodeIV", when the Emporer has taken care of the senate, its meaning that JarJar has finally been killed slowly and painfuly in a torture chamber which Vader and Palpatine go to often to relieve stress...
    If you believed that, you should savour the thought of JarJar dieing a slow and painful death... :D
  20. Shelley Jedi Youngling

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    Lucas will never be able to make his fans happy, ever.

    Fans my ***.

    These are the same people who think Lucas should listen to every word they say and make his movies according to their every whim?

    "Lucas, you suck! I hate you! All you care about is FX!

    But you should also do this, this and this in the movies, because I say so! Why aren't you listening to me?"
  21. DARTHJADO Jedi Master

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    I don't think Lucas should have listened to EVERY word I say, just... most!!
  22. Guybrush Force Ghost

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    Don't worry, you will get plenty of Jar Jar later on....that's what the T.V. series is all about. The adventures of Jar Jar and friends.
  23. BothofUs Jedi Master

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    I can conclude two things:

    (1) When Lucas leaves Jar Jar in the movies, people complain that he is talentless and is ruining the Prequels.

    (2) When Lucas takes Jar Jar out of the movies, people complain he is a sellout and a wuss.

    Lucas will never be able to make his fans happy, ever.


    You, like everyone else is pointing out the obvious. That is why we ask for a happy medium, like in AotC. Don't tell me people complained that Jar Jar was still in AotC, becuase most people were happy with his role in Ep. 2.
  24. Count_DoodooKuku Force Ghost

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    Severe props to MALADORIAN for this excellent posting:

    "Lucas even makes the Clonetroopers CGI ! Rather than pay an Extra $50 a day to run around in a costume he would rather spend thousands on computer animation. The result? Technically impressive but still 'off'. Look at the Jedi strolling through the temple with a CG gait. Look at the pointlessness of Anakin riding the Space Flea thing. And what is the point in CGI fruit?
    Listen to DVD commentaries. All about effects.
    Lucas claims he waited years for technology to allow him to make these films but there was never anything in the backstory that required such effects. None of the CGI is important to the story - it is simply digital masturbation.
    And for all the CGI craziness, the OT is still much more popular. Must drive Lucas mad."


    I believe Lucas is trying to make a lasting impression on the entertainment industry outside of Star Wars, by being a digital engineering pioneer.

    One thing I will give digital, it looks way better (usually) than stop motion animation.

    I particularly liked your comment "space flea thing"! LOL! [face_laugh] That was a totally annoying scene to me.

    My main problem with CG at this point is (about the only one that I think shows a strong presence) is its lack of proper organic physics. For backgrounds and inorganic things, it looks great. But the living? That's another thing. Typically, gait and jumping moves always look the mostest fakest. I still, for the life of me, can't figure out why they can't improve in these areas.
  25. DarthScubbles Force Ghost

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    Jar Jar was just a gimmick. GL playing with the idea of an all digital major character. Now, nine years later, this is not a big feat. There is no reason for his major role. Plus he took a lot of heat for this character and Jar Jar is not important to this story at all.
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