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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 »

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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

Steven Spielberg: I first met Artoo in 1976. I was visiting George's company at his studio. I was drinking some water and decided to throw my styroform cup away. I went over to the trash can in the corner, but the lid wouldn't come up. So I kicked it a few times. It began to squeak and bleep and make all these noises. I kicked it three or four times and it fell over. And George came over and said "What are you doing to Artoo?" And I said, "Well, I was trying to throw my styroform cup away in this trash can." And...
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Does what everyone Star Wars fan wants from its friends and acquaintances
28 March 2016 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

I never saw the original Star Wars trilogy until I was well into my high school career, but that didn't stop me from having several Star Wars action figures as a young kid. Specifically, I remember three - Mace Windu, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Despite not knowing a single thing about these characters, their origins, or their intricacies, I was drawn to their plastic appearances and their pristine and immaculate detail even as a young child. I didn't need their backstories to have complex, imaginative adventures with them on my ledge overlooking my street. That's the beauty of Star Wars; even if we have no background or knowledge of the characters, most of us can still pick up the toys and create adventures that are just as satisfying to that small candle of childhood nostalgia we still have lit in the back of our minds.

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, a three-part, twenty-minute mockumentary, takes the lid off the character figuratively and literally to explore the interworkings of one of the most fascinating and intricate characters of the Star Wars universe. Told in a style reminiscent of talk show specials answering the much-asked question "where are they now?," with an aesthetic resembling VH1's Behind the Music show, we learn of "Artoo"'s beginning as an actor and a friend of George Lucas, as struggled to obtain more complex and challenging roles in feature films and TV shows. However, all it took was Lucas to have a bit of faith in his robot companion, and following the success of A New Hope in 1977, R2-D2 became a household name and a movie-star overnight.

As with many celebrities, the fame gets to one's head and a downward spiral ensues, which is what parts two and three of this film concern. In addition to "archive footage," we see interviews with people like Lucas and Artoo's co-stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and even his pregnant girlfriend Bitsie Tulloch. As a fun and creative exercise, R2-D2: Beneath the Dome is a real treat for Star Wars fans because it ultimately does what every fan wants out of people who view the movies - to take the events and the characters seriously. When you start subscribing a detailed history and resume for a robotic droid, in addition to giving him a girlfriend, I think it's safe to say that you've taken him about as seriously as you could.

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome is a cute film for its casual humor and the way it personifies a character that was instrumental to so many peoples' lives arguably for just being so simple, yet so immaculate. The result is a lively and spirited, with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek and unwilling to move or displace it.

Directed by: Don Bies and Spencer Susser.


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