24 January 2013 8:16 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Turns out, maybe we shouldn't have been so darn bamboozled by Disney picking up Lucasfilm and setting "Star Wars: Episode VII" into motion because as it happens, Mickey Mouse has been an integral part of George Lucas' prized intergalactic franchise for quite some time. Make that more than 30 years.

As scoped out by the force-filled folks at the Star Wars Blog, Lucas honored his life-long love of Disney's friendly rodent by incorporating a teensy, blink-and-you'd-miss-it (and, boy, we did) Easter Egg homage to the chap.

Mhmm. Right there in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader come to blows in Cloud City, there's a crystalline Mickey head in the background, clear as day. How this got over on us for 30-plus years, we still can't wrap our heads around.

Reportedly, George Lucas has been a Disney fan boy since he was actually, »

- Amanda Bell

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