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R2-D2 & C-3PO - The Laurel and Hardy of the robot world featured in the animated TV series DROIDS (1985) and STAR WARS: CLONE WARS (2003).

R2-D2 and C-3PO - STAR WARS

R2-D2  (a.k.a."R2") and C-3PO debuted in the epic sci-fi movie Star Wars (1977) and continued to appear in its subsequent spinoffs, including:

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

In the movies, Kenny Baker played the role of R2-D2, an astromech droid who communicated in high-pitched sound waves and Anthony Daniels played the role of C-3PO, the gold-colored protocol droid with a British accent who was programmed to handle matters such as etiquette, customs and translations.

Like the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, the two droids would always be getting into a series of "fine messes" with C-3PO complaining about various situations.

C-3PO's home planet is Tatooine. He was adopted and rebuilt by a young man named Anakin Skywalker (later to become Darth Vader) who found C-3PO's discarded on a street in Mos Espa. He hoped to use the droid to help his mother Shmi (who later died at the hands of Tusken Raiders).

When C-3PO met R2-D2 (working for the Naboo defense forces) the little droid declared that C-3PO was "naked", which quite upset the prim and proper protocol droid.

The remark came from the fact that when Anakin Skywalker attempted to reconstruct C-3PO he did not have the money to provide his droid with the correct coverings.

Padmé Amidala,  the Queen of Naboo (and the future mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa) put C-3PO's fears to rest when she declared the droid was perfect.

C-3PO and R2D2 - scene from the movie STAR WARS

R2-D2 and C-3PO later teamed up with Princess Leia of Alderaan to deliver a message to retired Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi to help her defeat the dark forces of an evil empire.

R2-D2 carried a holographic message of the Princess inside his little droid frame and projected a tiny version of the princess, who said "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, your my only hope." 

With the assistance of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan, R2-D2 and C-3PO set out to save the galaxy from Darth Vader (Luke's father).

TRIVIA NOTE: The 554 foot skyscraper at 111 Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts (completed in 2002) has been nicknamed the R2-D2 Building because its open domed shape resembles the popular Star Wars Character.

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