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Jar Jar, E.T., and Draco made our list of worst CG characters

Find out which other computer generated movie stars made our ''best'' list

And a Few of Our Least Favorites...
 
 
FIRST SEEN IN
“Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace” (1999)
 
He talks funny (jive talkin', you might call it); he moves in exaggerated, swinging jerks; and he's such a stereotype that audiences find themselves blushing with embarrassment every time he shows his Rastafarian face. In some circles (Lucasfilm among them), Jar Jar is considered a success -- a CG character blended seamlessly into a human world. But nobody can deny that his clunky pratfalls were annoying enough to launch a ''Star Wars'' backlash.
 
 
AS SEEN IN
“E.T.: 20th Anniversary Edition” (2002)
 
Call it the Curse of the Special Edition Inserts. George Lucas' CG Jabba the Hutt in ''Star Wars: Special Edition'' is a step backwards and the added ''spider walk'' scene in ''The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen'' is laughable -- but they were only precursors to this, the most heinous act of meddling. Twenty years after its initial release, a digitally transformed and superimposed E.T. walks like a drunken duck and sways like he's filled with Jell-O… or maybe he's bloated with 20 years' worth of Reese's Pieces.
 
 
AS SEEN IN
“Dragonheart”
(1996)
 
''Who's the fool now, Connery?'' ''SNL'''s Alex Trebek imitator might ask Scotchman Sean Connery, who voiced this laughable and rather forgettable CG failure. Looking as if he crawled from the reject pile in Jim Henson's workshop, the fiery-tongued Draco could be a quality entry in Conan O'Brien's ''If They Mated'' segment -- think Kermit the Frog and one of the Budweiser lizards. As if talking dragons aren't inherently funny enough, a dragon talking with James Bond's heavily accented bravado surely is.
 

Originally posted Aug 16, 2002
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