Tuesday, February 21, 2012

R2D2 & C3PO on Sesame Street

Here's weird pop culture mashup: in 1980 the 2 droids from Star Wars appeared on Sesame Street.

This was truly an epic meeting! Big Bird and C3PO together on the same screen! Not since Pacino and De Niro in The Godfather had such a thing been... ah... whatever.

 The show starts off with Big Bird spotting a glowing orb in the sky. Clearly Lucas had nothing to do with the effects here.

I assume one day he will redo this will a CGI spaceship and a motion capture Big Bird.

The episode featured the standard Sesame Street vignettes of the day with an ongoing story of R2D2 delivering a message to Oscar the Grouch.
A full write up can be found here.

A few months later they returned. Since the budget for the year had been used up on the floating orb they arrived in a bus:
 I am pretty sure there is something in Dianetics about robots arriving from outer space in buses. I can only imagine this was put in the show because Snufalupagus is a hard core scientologist.
R2D2 fell in love with a fire hydrant.Yep. He's an sophisticated robot and he thinks fire hydrants are too. Hey look "are too" like R2! Ha!

Yes, I am a sophisticated person and I think "are too" was funny.

You can read about the second episode here

Sadly, the full episode isn't online, but you can see a couple clips below: