Mickey Mouse Cameo In The Empire Strikes Back: He Has Foreseen It

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

When word broke months ago that George Lucas was selling Lucasfilm, and the Star Wars franchise, to Disney, it’s safe to say it caught most of us off guard. Even though, in the aftermath of the prequels and special editions, the honeymoon between Lucas and some fans was officially over, it still seemed inconceivable that anyone but Lucas would ever be officially steering the Star Wars universe, at least until Lucas’ death. Fan chatter about the future of Star Wars is more active now than it has been in years, precisely because it did come out of left field and feels so unprecedented. After all, nobody saw this coming. Except possibly Mickey Mouse, who seems to have lent his unmistakable silhouette to a bit of background set in The Empire Strikes Back. Check it out:


It’s a sign! The image was posted over at the official Star Wars blog, and assuming the thing isn’t outright Photoshopped, it’s a textbook case of pareidolia. I’m sure someone will cobble together a conspiracy theory based solely on a trio of round shapes hidden among a bunch of other different shapes, but it is amusing to think that Mickey’s been playing a long con all these years…Jar Jar Binks does make a lot more sense as a cartoon character, so maybe Mickey’s been foreshadowing things all along…

Now I can’t get the image of George Lucas kneeling before Mickey’s holographic head, asking, “What is thy bidding, my master?”