Things you need to know about R2-D2
R2-D2 or Artoo-Detoo (called "R2" for short) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. An astromech droid (referred to in the novel as a 'thermocapsulary dehousing assister'), R2-D2 is a major character in allStar Wars films, and is also the first character to appear in the franchise. Along with his protocol droid companion C-3PO, he joins or supports Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Padmé Amidala, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga.
Who plays R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies?
English Actor Kenny Baker has played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, all three prequels, and was a consultant for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first installment of the sequel trilogy. Actor Jimmy Vee will take over the role from Baker starting with 2017's Episode VIII. R2-D2 is one of just two characters, along with C-3PO (portrayed by Anthony Daniels), to appear in all seven films.
Who designed R2-D2?
R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie and co-developed by John Stears but actually built by Tony Dyson (1947–2016), who ran his own studio called "The White Horse Toy Company" in the UK. Many scenes made use of radio controlled and CGI versions of the character. Original props of R2-D2 and C-3PO are used as Audio-Animatronics in the queue area of Disneyland's Star Tours–The Adventures Continue attraction.
Which Star War movies had R2-D2 appeared in?
The Empire Strikes back
Return of the jedi
Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the sith
Stars Wars: The forces Awakens
Star Wars: Episode VII
Who created the sound effects for R2-D2?
The sound effects for R2-D2's "voice" were created by sound designer Ben Burtt, using an ARP 2600 analog synthesizer, as well as his own vocalizations processed through other effects
When was R2-D2 inducted into the Robot hall of fame?
R2-D2 was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2003.