Little-known sci-fi fact: Mickey Mouse in Empire Strikes Back?

Hidden Mickeys abound in the world, and they're a fun thing to spot in all the Disney Parks.  Here's one that may have gone overlooked for 33 years in the frames of The Empire Strikes Back.  Clearly visible in the background as Luke is dueling with Darth Vader are the iconic three circles forming Mickey's head.  Sure, it could just be an astonishing coincidence, but knowing Lucas' love of Disney, it's more likely it was intentionally arranged in the shot to be part of Cloud City's computerized machinery.  

Lucas and his family were in attendance that storied Sunday when Uncle Walt opened the gates of Disneyland in July of 1955, and that magical day stayed with the Star Wars king until Disney's historic purchase of his galaxy.  Take a look and wonder how you could ever have missed it!

 

What do you think?  Is this a premonition of the real evil empire or a playful salute to Lucas' favorite mouse?

(Via Geek Tyrant)

 

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