Jedi dress in robes simply because Obi-Wan did on Tatooine and the look was applied to everyone else surely without much thought just to associate Jedi with Kenobi's appearance in A New Hope. One sensible observation made by Plinkett was about those robes. I use to think the Tatooine stuff in EPISODE ONE could have been shortened and instilled with a sense of urgency had Maul's probe droid or Maul himself found everyone while the podrace was happening. Cut between Anakin racing and Qui-Gon trying to get Padme to safety. The departure from home by Anakin would be more urgent although I never put much thought into how the freeing from slavery and leaving home could have been integrated into that. Change one thing and everything else about Anakin and his living situation has to follow. At the root is Anakin's youth, the time span between I and II, and what makes the Clone Wars clone wars. The whole thing of leaving his mother there and as a slave to never be freed is a big problem. I just wish I had the time and mind I did when I was young and could just get the toys and play out whatever I wanted. Jake Lloyd seems to have been trained to be a loud little happy kid in TV commercials. His acting style fit Jingle All the Way but it appears Lucas sought to choose someone who seemed as unlikely to become the Darth Vader persona as possible.