R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hesse ...
Narrator (voice)
Robbie Edwards ...
Robbie Dillingham
Bitsie Tullock
Jennifer Weil ...
Claudia Dillingham-West
Dave Murphy ...
Artoo's Buddy (at age 45)
Morgan Hamilton-Lee ...
Artoo's Buddy (at age 10)
Bernie Hamilton-Lee ...
School Principal
Mary Jo Hamilton-Lee ...
School Teacher
Cecilia Hamilton-Lee ...
School Kid
Phyllis Eblan ...
School Mom
Brittany Eblan ...
School Kid
Benjamin Bies ...
Cute Kid
Anna Bies ...
Emergency Room Technician
Kara Glieden ...
Emergency Room Technician
Wendi Thomas ...
Emergency Room Technician


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 »


Short | Comedy





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25 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Anthony Daniels: When you're crotch-height, it's hard to make a good impression.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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A pleasant surprise
20 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Beneath the Dome" has to be the silliest thing I've seen in a long while, but it's all in good fun. It's like a "Behind the Music" special for R2-D2, and as such it covers everything in Artoo's life from his troubled upbringing (in a human family), his big break with "Star Wars", fall from grace into self-destruction, and fiery rebirth when the prequels were being made. What's surprising is how many people they got to be in on the joke, and it wasn't just whomever they could cobble together from the "Episode II" set: Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss, even Carrie Fisher and Harrison, although Hamill's absence was a bummer). Artoo's fitness training in the gym was a highlight. It topples over into the absurd during his failed bungy stunt, but how else could this have ended? It's a great mockumentary and a good bit of fun.


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