11/11/2013

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) Jar Jar Binks dies Source

If you hate Jar Jar Binks, then you'll love this video. Many people object to his portrayal of black stereotypes as the bug-eyed, big-butt, Jamaican patois speaking, Black soulwalking goofball. Others just see him as an annoying attempt to pander to kids.

This video is described as the death of Jar Jar Binks. It's also supposed to be a deleted scene.

Watch it below and I'll give you a few minutes to celebrate:


What's the History of the Clip? 
The clip is first seen in the re-edit of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) known as the "The Phantom Edit" and was originally circulated in Hollywood studios in 2000. It was rumored that Kevin Smith made it, but the editor turned out to be Mike J. Nichols of California. He made numerous changes including removing nearly all scenes featuring Jar Jar Binks and removing what Nichols dubs 'Jar Jar Antics.' Where it came from I don't know. But there are a few things I do know.

The visual effects are finished, so it was supposed to be in the final film. The scene follows when Qui Gon Jinn, Obi Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks in the Gungan Tribubble bongo submarine are attacked by an Opee Sea Killer and a giant Colo Claw Fish before being saved by a Sando Aqua Monster. Apparently this is what happened when they surfaced.

Was Jar Jar Binks Really Supposed to Die?
You can stop rejoicing though, because this wasn't supposed to be his death scene. It was just cut that way by  Nichols. In the original cut, Jar Jar bumbles his way across the tightrope and falls in the water where the others pull him out. Jar Jar wasn't supposed to die, but it's fun to imagine. You can still see a Clonetrooper punch Jar Jar though.

You can watch the whole Star Wars Phantom Edit online.

What do you think of the clip? Are you glad to see Jar Jar Binks die??

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15 comments:

Jay Noel said...

Sigh...Jar Jar is the worst among the bad. He is the epitome of what's wrong with Episode I.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, a thirty minute special of just Jar Jar dying would be a huge hit. Still thought of him as just an annoying character for kids.

lydiak said...

Well, I though Jar Jar was offensive AND annoying. I also think the death scene is a little silly. I mean, he can swim! I'd love to see the Jar Jar-free movie, though. :)

Liesel Hill said...

I never understood why everyone hated Jar-Jar so much. Don't get me wrong, I didn't love him or anything, but he was just kinda there. I was always surprised at the intensity of hatred for him. This made me smile, though.

Anotherdae said...

Nice find, however I don't see Jar Jar going anywhere and kinda expect to see he in the upcoming films as well. How did Kevin Smith get tied to this?

Nicki Elson said...

Hehe, yes. It is fun to imagine.

Nisse Söderström said...

in my mind jar-jar died in that fall. end of story.

MPax said...

Can we spear the Ewoks with him? I really hope they leave the cutsie on the cutting room floor with the new one.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I never HATED him, but it was better off without him.

Maurice Mitchell said...

If I hear one "Yippee" I'm walking out Mary.

Maurice Mitchell said...

You're right Alex! "Kill! Jar Jar" would be a hit

Maurice Mitchell said...

Good for a laugh Nicki!

Tom Badguy said...

"Was Jar Jar Binks supposed to die in star wars?"


GOD I FUCKING HOPE SO.

Tony Laplume said...

I loves me Jar Jar. And he's integral to Palpatine's scheming. Unfortunately.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I love the one where Darth Vader runs into Jar Jar. Hilarious!

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