Happy 20th Anniversary to #starwarsthephantommenace the first episode of the #skywalkersaga and the first chapter in the #starwarsprequels which was set 32 years before #anewhope . • the introduction of #quigonjinn a maverick Jedi whose viewpoints often clash with the principles of the Jedi Order, and the one who discovered the Force potential in a boy.
• #obiwankenobi was depicted as a Jedi Padawan in his mid 20s. He was Knighted at the end of the film.
• the mysterious #darthsidious appeared mostly in hologram form.
• #natalieportman was cast as #padmeamidala teenage Queen of the planet Naboo. She and Keira Knightley who played Padme's decoy looked so alike with makeup, their mothers got them completely mixed up.
• the first CGI character #jarjarbinks became the most hated character, garnering more hate than the Ewoks. His species of the Gungans make their debut here.
• Jake Lloyd starred as preteen #anakinskywalker in his only SW film. Due to constant bullying and several interviews, Jake retired from showbiz in 2001 and blamed the Star Wars franchise for ruining his childhood.
• Anakin revealed to be conceived by #Shmiwalker through the will of the Force, hence the prophecy of The Chosen One. Also the only human to capable of the dangerous sport of podracing.
• the protocol droid #c3po was revealed to be built by Anakin, and he was lacking his outer coverings.
• the astromech droid #r2d2 was revealed to be the only droid to repair the starship's deflector shield. • first appearance of #coruscant where the Jedi Temple and Senate Rotunda were located.
• #sheevpalpatine was revealed to be a Senator from Naboo who gained sympathy votes to be elected as Supreme Chancellor. • Jedi such as #macewindu #kiadimundi #plokoon make their debut as Jedi Councillors alongside the wise #yoda .
• the demon-like #darthmaul made his film debut here, and was the first warrior to wield a double-bladed lightsaber in film. Despite his defeat, Maul returned in #starwarsrebels and also in #soloastarwarsstory .
• during Qui-Gon's funeral, when Yoda and Windu discuss on which of the 2 Sith was destroyed... the camera slowly pans to Palpatine. Thos could be important 😏