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New Video Gives R2-D2 a Very Sassy Voice in the First Star Wars Movie

Nearly 40 years ago, the first Star Wars film hit cinemas and ushered in the age of the blockbuster movie. One of the film’s signature creations, R2-D2, also quickly became a pop culture icon and one of the most popular characters in the saga.

R2’s design was brilliantly realized with unusually emotive gestures that conveyed his meaning even if audiences couldn’t understand the droid’s binary language. But what if R2-D2 could speak just as clearly as C-3PO and the other droids in the franchise? A newly created video has taken that idea and given R2-D2 a much sassier personality than we ever guessed he had.

The video was posted by the Auralnauts YouTube channel, and it features nearly all of R2’s scenes from A New Hope, with voice actor Scheiffer Bates providing all of R2’s lines. One of the first things that becomes clear in the video is that this version of R2 is pretty fed up with C-3PO’s constant nagging and pessimism. Can’t say that we blame him! That’s what makes it so cathartic to see and hear R2 dish out a few choice insults of his own. Even through all of that bickering, the friendship between the droids still shines through.

More impressively, the video uses the audience’s knowledge of the Star Wars prequels to mercilessly mock Obi-Wan Kenobi’s apparent inability to remember ever owning a droid. There’s also a very funny moment in which Artoo mentions his missing jet boosters, which surely would have come in handy when he was stuck on Tatooine. Of course, the real reason for all of these inconsistent aspects is George Lucas’ tendency to retcon important revelations within the saga. Somehow, we doubt a new special edition of the film could handle those logic gaps as well as the parody video did.

What did you think about this video? And would you like to see future videos give R2-D2 dialogue in the rest of the Star Wars movies? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image Credit: Lucasfilm

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