R2-D2 (phonetically spelled Artoo-Detoo, and called “Artoo” for short), is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. An astromech droid, R2-D2 is a major character throughout all six Star Wars films. He joins or supports Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi (portrayed by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor), and R2-D2’s droid companion C-3PO (played by Anthony Daniels) in various points in the saga. R2-D2 was played by Kenny Baker. The original R2-D2 was designed by John Stears and specially created by Australian firm Petric Engineering and English firm C&L Developments. Many scenes also made use of radio controlled and CGI versions of the character. Both the original props of R2-D2 and C-3PO used in filming are used as audio-animatronics in the queue area of Disneyland‘s Star Tours ride.
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28th Feb 2011