We've been massively speculating about the recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, and how that might play out for "Star Wars Episode VII" and beyond. Well, the first fruit of that collaboration is showing up this week... But it's not where you'd expect. Not a new Star Wars movie, or comic, or book... It's C-3P0 and R2-D2 showing up on Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm":
In the episode, which broadcasts November 2nd, the gang ends up heading to Skywalker Ranch to get George Lucas' autograph, only to run smack into the galaxy's most famous Droids. Here's a sneak peak clip from the episode, followed by some more info!
In case you're wondering, Lucas himself - spoiler - doesn't appear in the episode... And it isn't confirmed whether Anthony Daniels or Kenny Baker/Ben Burtt show up in their iconic roles. But Threepio and Artoo are pretty authentic, as they're replicas - made from the masters - and rented from a LA area prop master and hobbyist. Here's the official info on where to watch all the Star Wars/Disney action. Coming up next week, Shake It Up guest stars the Trade Federation! Kidding.
Master replicas of Star Wars favorites including R2D2 and C3PO – rented from a Los Angeles prop master and hobbyist – appear in an episode of Disney Channel’s comedy series “A.N.T. Farm” coincidentally premiering this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).
The series is set in San Francisco. In the storyline, Principal Skidmore sends students in the Advanced Natural Talents (A.N.T.) program on an educational scavenger hunt culminating at Skywalker Ranch where they attempt to get an autograph from George Lucas (unseen).
In the clip, the A.N.T. students are played by China Anne McClain, Sierra McCormick and Carlon Jeffrey. Not seen is Principal Skidmore who is played by Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”).
Friday, November 2
Original Series – Episode Premiere
A.N.T. Farm "scavANTger hunt"
(8:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET/PT)
Guest Stars: R2D2 and C3PO
With half the school out sick, Principal Skidmore sends the A.N.T.s on an educational scavenger hunt around San Francisco, where Chyna and Lexi lead two teams onto Skywalker Ranch to get George Lucas’ autograph. Chaos ensues and the gang winds up meeting R2D2 and C3PO.