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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 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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Short | Comedy

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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 »

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Lucasfilm See more »
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Stereo

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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 »

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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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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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A pleasant surprise
20 February 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee 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.

7/10


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