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Ahmed Best Believes That Kids Have Been ‘Left Out’ of the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

Ahmed Best, most notably recognized as the actor for Star Wars character, Jar Jar Binks, Best recently garnered the fandom’s attention by making some polarizing statements regarding the future of the Star Wars franchise in an interview with YouTube personality, Jamie Stangroom.

“There isn’t very much for the kids anymore in Star Wars.”

Ahmed Best

Back in 2017, George Lucas reiterated that Star Wars is a “film for 12-year-olds.” To see a Star Wars film these days, children who are under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult due to the PG-13 rating. However, one must remember that Lucas does tend to not be consistent with his opinions, because the last Star Wars film he made, Revenge of the Sith, was PG-13 and possibly not a film you’d want your child watching alone without some adult supervision.

With that said, indeed that Star Wars films these days haven’t been very kid-centric when it comes to film ratings. Disney’s broader appeal to the masses may come at a cost, but let me play devil’s advocate here for a moment. Who’s to say that even The Phantom Menace wasn’t appropriate for younglings? If my memory serves me well, it was the very first Star Wars film that showed an entire body get sliced in half. But, I digress. Best continued by getting into more detail about the franchise’s wider target audience.

“It’s very much for the millennials and gen-Xers like myself … Kids are kind of left out of these, and the kids have to go to the animated series in order to get their dose of Star Wars, or they do like Phantom MenacePhantom Menace is very much a kid’s movie.”

Ahmed Best

Best believes that the Star Wars franchise has fallen away from the original vision that George Lucas had entailed. Like George Lucas, Best reiterates that losing young fans could damage the Star Wars franchise.

“The new iterations of Star Wars are not really skewed towards kids, which is not something that George ever really wanted to do. George was always about the kids, and he used to say that if you get the kids, you have fans for the next 20 years. He was very much about kids. This idea that the movies are for adults is a very new thing, to be honest.”

Ahmed Best

His opinion is well-taken and personally, I wholeheartedly agree with him. Staying true to the roots of Star Wars is vital to preserving it for future generations. And with Best hosting the new Disney+ Star Wars kids show, Jedi Temple Challenge, it appears that he wholeheartedly believes that kids will continue to be the future of the Star Wars franchise.

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