Jar Jar's inspired by Goofy, says Lucas
AFTER years of criticism of Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, the space saga's creator George Lucas surprised fans at a Disney convention on Friday with a major reveal - he was inspired by Goofy.
Lucas made the comment as he was welcomed into the club of "Disney Legends", along with Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp.
Incidentally, Goofy figurines from Disney that feature him as Jar Jar Binks have been sold in stores.
"Not very many people realise that Goofy was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks," Lucas said, sparking laughter in the crowd at the convention centre in Anaheim, California, where the D23 Expo took place.
"I know you'll look at him differently now."
Jar Jar Binks - a computer-generated character that first appears in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - is roundly loathed by most fans, who accused Lucas and others of pandering to younger viewers with a comic sidekick.
"I love Goofy and I love Jar Jar Binks," said Lucas, who is also the brains behind the Indiana Jones franchise, and who sold his Lucasfilm studio to Disney for US$4 billion (S$5.6 billion).
"A lot of what I do" is inspired by Disney, Lucas told the crowd.
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