Jar Jar Binks was the beginning and the end of “Star Wars” for most. It was the clearest sign that George Lucas had lost his damned mind, and the pandering to kids that began with the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi” (which was fine when I was a kid), had spiraled out of control. And it wasn’t just the fans that thought this.
According to Wikipedia:
Additionally, Rob Coleman, who was the lead on the Industrial Light & Magic animation team, warned Lucas that there was concern among the team that the character of Jar Jar was coming across poorly for the team and how the character was to be projected. Lucas told him that he especially put Jar Jar in the film to appeal to small children. After that, the issue was dropped.
So after all is said and done – why would I choose to defend Jar Jar? As he is, I can say nothing. But of what he could have been – I have to say this.
I believe in George Lucas’ out-of-touch brain, he had grander plans for Jar Jar, besides having him be at fault for giving Palpatine power in Episode II (heaven help me for writing this… all of this.) I think it was the fan backlash that shrunk Jar Jar’s role.
Even if he didn’t have better intentions for Jar Jar, I believe the series would have benefited from having a permanent sidekick for Anakin. Jar Jar, the simple creature he was, could have been used to contrast how far into darkness Anakin decended. Jar Jar could have been his confidant when he Obi-Wan pissed him off. Jar Jar could have ran interference to distract others when Anakin was hooking up with Amidala. Then, when the moment arrived where Anakin had chosen his destiny… when he wiped out all those little Jedi kids… how much more powerful would it have been for Anakin’s best bud to walk in and catch him doing such horrible things? Anakin, realizing how far he has fallen, would then lash out and destroy the mirror of his lost innocence – Jar Jar.
Especially after what Jar Jar would probably have said: “Ani, whatsa yooza doin?”
(If you’re brave enough, there’s a pic of the hotness that is me after jump…)