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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)

Collection of short mockumentaries detailing R2-D2's "career", from his English upbringing to his daring bungee jump.

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Don Bies, Spencer Susser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hesse Bob Hesse ... Narrator (voice)
Robbie Edwards Robbie Edwards ... Robbie Dillingham
Elizabeth Tulloch ... Bitsie Tullock (as Bitsie Tulloch)
Jennifer Weil ... Claudia Dillingham-West
Dave Murphy Dave Murphy ... Artoo's Buddy (at age 45)
Morgan Hamilton-Lee Morgan Hamilton-Lee ... Artoo's Buddy (at age 10)
Bernie Hamilton-Lee Bernie Hamilton-Lee ... School Principal
Mary Jo Hamilton-Lee Mary Jo Hamilton-Lee ... School Teacher
Cecilia Hamilton-Lee Cecilia Hamilton-Lee ... School Kid
Phyllis Eblan Phyllis Eblan ... School Mom
Brittany Eblan Brittany Eblan ... School Kid
Benjamin Bies Benjamin Bies ... Cute Kid
Anna Bies Anna Bies ... Emergency Room Technician
Kara Glieden Kara Glieden ... Emergency Room Technician
Wendi Thomas Wendi Thomas ... Emergency Room Technician
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Collection of short mockumentaries detailing R2-D2's "career", from his English upbringing to his daring bungee jump.

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Hero. Legend. Hardware. See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Artoo's bungee jump was performed three times at a real bungee jump attraction located at Fox Studios, Sydney, Australia. The first two times a bungee cord was used, but was not on the third try, which is the footage in the documentary. A special R2 was created for this scene, and was completely destroyed. The emergency room follow-up scene was shot seven months later at Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, California. See more »

Quotes

George Lucas: The original script described R2-D2 as a trash can on wheels. So when I first saw him, I said "Ahh. This guy's perfect. I hope he speaks English."
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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A gem!
22 April 2009 | by iffershorttSee all my reviews

Anyone who is a fan of Star Wars (and especially someone whose favorite character is R-2) should love this three-part film. Its loving, if stern, treatment of the tempestuous robot gives "the trashcan on wheels" great dimension. There are biographical surprises, such as his family history, that must endear the little guy to anyone but his enemies. This well-written paean to one of filmdom's unique and fascinating characters deserves to be seen as a feature on the big screen, or at least as a television special. I wish there were more installments. Everything from the performances on camera to the narration is professional. Hats off to the creators, to Don Bies, in particular, for his inspiration. Beneath the Dome is witty, funny, absurd, and--amazingly--quite touching. In fact, it is as clever a mockumentary as I've seen.


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