EW declares Jar Jar Binks the #1 worst CG character ever:
...Nobody can deny his clunky pratfalls were annoying enough
to launch a "Star Wars" backlash.
August 16, 2002
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, talk about Binks' racist heritage:
"As many racism jokes as we tried to get in, George
Lucas still floored us (by including) the most racist stuff
ever," sighs Parker. "He does it so much better than
August 16, 2002
Lucas could've toned down the Jar Jar Binks
character a tad, though, as he was often annoying
(what's up with that Jamaican accent?). Kids may
like his catch phrases -- notably "How
Rude" and "Me thinks ..." -- but
his blather sometimes distracted from the rest of
News, May 6
|Three words: Annoying
films too often resort to an irritating, cuddly
alien for comic relief. True to formula, such
creatures don't have a complete grasp of English
-- leading to gags where they inevitably say
Such is the case with Jar
Jar Binks, the alien who wears out his welcome
after 10 minutes of screen time in Star Wars
Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
News, May 12
|Yoda puts in a cameo, but
the film's designated alien is Jar Jar Binks, a
rabbit-eared ambulatory lizard whose pidgin
English degenerates from pseudo-Caribbean patois
to Teletubby gurgle."
Jar Jar and his fellow Gungans suck
the oxygen out of every scene; their human
costars seem understandably asphyxiated.
|After waiting 16 years for the first
prequel to the original trilogy, audiences almost universally
found something to deride in "Phantom Menace," a critical
dud that sacrificed story to special effects and introduced
the loathed buffoon Jar Jar Binks.
MSNBC, May 9
|The Gungan klutz Jar Jar
Binks, who talks (sometimes unintelligibly) like
a Muppet Peter Lorre and walks as if he had
Slinkys for legs, is more annoying than
|The new sidekick, a
computer-birthed frog boy named Jar Jar Binks, is
a vexing, endearing mix of Kipling's Gunga Din
and Tolkien's Gollum, and speaks in a pidgin
English ("Yousa Jedi not all yousa cracked
up to be!") that will be every kid's secret
language this summer...
Reaching Naboo, they are
befriended--hounded, really--by Jar Jar, a
disaster-prone outcast of the Gungan race.
|The Phantom Menace throws
in a rabbit-eared mascot named Jar Jar Binks,
whose goofy tongue-twisting patois renders him a
nuisance within 30 seconds...
Weekly, May 21
|... bizarre alien beings
[such] as Jar Jar Binks, a clumsy amphibious
|For comic relief, we get
the computer-generated Jar Jar Binks, a goofy,
floppy-eared, vest-wearing toy serpent with a
clumsy two-legged lope and an incomprehensible
Caribbean accent. (He's a kind of
extraterrestrial Stepin Fetchit.) Funny not he
is, as Yoda would say.
-- Newsweek, May 17 1999
|Particularly cloying for
adults might be the character of Jar Jar Binks,
an alien created entirely by computers at George
Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. According
to a report published on Wired.com, Jar Jar's got
a Jamaican accent and uses catch phrases like
"How rude!" and "Me thinks."
-- Newsweek, May 7 1999