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Jar Jar Binks
Position General in the Gungan Grand Army, Representative of the Gungan race, Senator of Chommell Sector (substituting for Padmé Amidala)
Homeworld Naboo
Species Gungan
Gender Male
Affiliation Gungan Grand Army, Galactic Republic, Galactic Senate, Delegation of 2000, Galactic Empire, Imperial Senate, New Republic
Portrayed by Ahmed Best (voice, motion capture, some body close-ups)

Jar Jar Binks is a fictional character from the Star Wars films The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[1] His primary role was to provide comic relief. Jar Jar was voiced by Ahmed Best, and was almost completely computer generated.




Jar Jar Binks first appears in The Phantom Menace as a bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo. After his tribe banishes him for his clumsiness, he is nearly killed by a federation transport, only to be saved at the last minute by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The Jedi persuade Jar-Jar's tribe to release him to their custody as a guide. He later goes with the Jedi and Queen Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) to the planet Tatooine, where he meets and befriends Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd).

Jar-Jar later appears in the film's climactic battle scene, where he joins his fellow Gungans in defeating the evil Trade Federation. For his heroics, he is made a general in the Gungan army, and Padmé gives him a ceremonial medal.

Jar-Jar's role in Attack of the Clones is much smaller, but his actions are significant. Ten years after helping to save his planet, he is a delegate for the Galactic Senate, and as such plays a role in bringing his old friends Obi-Wan and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) back to Coruscant, where he greets them with enthusiasm. Later, he gives a speech to the assembled Senate in favor of granting Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) vast emergency powers.

He appears in only one scene in Revenge of the Sith, as part of Padmé's funeral procession. He has no dialogue in this scene.

Clone Wars

Jar-Jar Binks is a supporting character in the animated series The Clone Wars, once again voiced by Best. In this series, he is a Senate representative who accompanies the main characters — Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé — on their adventures. Jar jar is also seen returning to his Gungan home in Naboo in the deleted extra scenes of the movie.


Upon the release of The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks became the subject of a great deal of media and popular attention, though not in the way his creators intended. Binks became symbolic of what many reviewers such as Brent Staples (New York Times),[2] David Edelstein (Slate),[3] and Eric Harrison (Los Angeles Times)[4][5] considered to be inherent creative flaws of the film. The character was widely rejected and often ridiculed by sections of the series' fanbase,[6] who felt that Jar Jar was clearly included in the film solely to appeal to children. One fan, Mike J. Nichols, created and distributed, free of charge, a modified version of the film, entitled The Phantom Edit, which cut out scenes featuring Jar Jar Binks. The character was also lampooned on an episode of the television show South Park entitled "Jackovasaurus", as well as the parody Star Wars episodes of Robot Chicken, in which Best reprised the role in voice-over form.[7] Along with film critics, many fans have also accused the film's creators of excessive commercialization directed at young children (a criticism first levelled with the introduction of Ewoks in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).[6] Star Wars creator George Lucas stated that he feels there is a section of the fanbase who get upset with aspects of Star Wars because "[t]he movies are for children but they don't want to admit that... There is a small group of fans that do not like comic sidekicks. They want the films to be tough like The Terminator, and they get very upset and opinionated about anything that has anything to do with being childlike."[8]

Additionally, Rob Coleman, who was the lead on the Industrial Light & Magic animation team, warned Lucas that the team thought Jar Jar's character came across poorly. Lucas told him that he specifically put Jar Jar in the film to appeal to small children. After that, the issue was dropped.[9]

Allegations of racial caricature

Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal described the character as a "Rastafarian Stepin Fetchit on platform hoofs, crossed annoyingly with Butterfly McQueen."[10] Patricia J. Williams writes that many aspects of Jar Jar's character are highly reminiscent of the archetypes portrayed in blackface minstrelsy,[11] while others have suggested that the character is a "laid-back clown character" representing a black Caribbean stereotype.[12]


  1. ^ According to Jar Jar's profile, he will appear in The Clone Wars.
  2. ^ Staples, Brent (June 20, 1999), "Shuffling Through Star Wars", New York Times: WK4, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B02EFDF123BF933A15755C0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink 
  3. ^ Edelstein, David (May 19, 1999), "Dark Side Lite", Slate, http://web.archive.org/web/20000306215502/www.slate.com/MovieReview/99-05-19/MovieReview.asp 
  4. ^ Harrison, Eric (June 21, 1999), "Even an Insider Found Jar Jar, Well, Jarring", Los Angeles Times: F6, http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jun/21/entertainment/ca-48611 
  5. ^ Harrison, Eric (May 26, 1999), "A Galaxy Far, Far Off Racial Mark?", Los Angeles Times: F1, http://articles.latimes.com/1999/may/26/entertainment/ca-40965 
  6. ^ a b O'Ehley, James, Jar Jar Binks Must Die!, http://www.scifimoviepage.com/jarjar.html, retrieved 2008-08-09 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020990/
  8. ^ "Star Wars: Lucas strikes back". BBC News. 14 July 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/394542.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  9. ^ Even Some At Lucasfilm Hated Jar Jar, IMDB Studio briefing, 1999-06-21, Retrieved on 2007-03-13.
  10. ^ Morgenstern, Joe (May 19, 1999), "Our Inner Child Meets Young Darth", The Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition): A20 
  11. ^ Patricia J. Williams: "Racial Ventriloquism". The Nation. June 17, 1999. http://www.thenation.com/doc/19990705/williams. Retrieved June 11 2006. 
  12. ^ Ford, Paul J. (2001). "A further analysis of the ethics of representation in virtual reality: Multi-user environments". Ethics and Information Technology (Kluwer Academic Publishers) 3: 113–121. doi:10.1023/A:1011846009390. 

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