The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

TV Movie   |    |  Adventure, Family, Musical


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Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, but are impeded by an Imperial blockade. Chewie's family passes the time with various forms of entertainment.


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Cast & Crew

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Directors:

Steve Binder , David Acomba

Writers:

Rod Warren, Bruce Vilanch, Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Mitzie Welch

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16 December 2001 | Mr. Pulse
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| One word: Misguided
I don't know whose idea this thing was, but it was a bad one. The "Star Wars Holiday Special" took place in between the two movies, and is famous amongst Star Wars fans for featuring the first appearance of Boba Fett, and completely forgotten by everyone else. Why so forgotten? Because, simply, the show is absolutely terrible.

The "special" (and I use that term as loosely as possible) is about Chewbacca's family, who await his return for the celebration of the holiday "Life Day." Far as I can gather, the holiday involves Christmas ornament-like globes and wearing red robes and being Wookies. The special is basically two hours of waiting, and along the way there are cameos by all the major stars of the original film (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, etc.) It's shocking they appear at all, I have to believe the mob was involved for them to show up. They don't do much, and look thoroughly ashamed of themselves. And they should be; after all, all the action is given to Art Carney (Don't ask me), who plays a trader who's friends with the, uh, Baccas. Action hero Art Carney, ladies and gentlemen.

The show has more asides than a Shakespearian play. There is no plot, there are only little goofy tidbits. None of it is very Star Warsish. Harvey Korman plays a few roles, including an alien version of Julia Childs, and a robot explaining how to set up a communication device. Bea Arthur works in the infamous Cantina, which on a tv budget looks a lot like a diner with some guys with alien masks. She gets a very lengthy musical number and so do Jefferson Starship, and others.

Why would you make a Star Wars special that had nothing to do with Star Wars? It's mostly musical numbers, third rate celebrities (Way older than Star Wars' target audience I should mention), and Wookies who can't speak English. There's a good twenty minute period where no English is spoken since it's just the three Wookies goofing off. If this is genius stuff, then so's "Freddy Got Fingered."

The important Boba Fett apperanace is also one of the few truly entertaining moments of the show; a cartoon about Luke and co. meeting Boba for the first time. It's exciting and well voiced and animated. It's also just a little doo-dad that Lumpy (Yes, when you're named Chewie you name your son Lumpy) watches on a little video screen while waiting for his dad to come home.

It's funny to watch, and painful to watch, and annoying to watch, and mind-boggling to watch. It has to be seen to be believed, but do you really even want to?

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Forty years later, almost all of the surviving cast who appeared in this show are still embarrassed by its existence, C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels said that George Lucas has been known to walk out of interviews when an interviewer starts to ask questions about this show, and has said that the show will never be made available again. In the 1990s, Lucas said that he believed the master tapes no longer existed (this however was proven false as the special's cartoon turned up on the 2011 saga Blu Ray release). Harrison Ford has said that he doesn't remember much about appearing in it, and has never seen it, so there's no point in asking him any questions. Mark Hamill has cleverly dodged most of the questions asked of him about it. Only Carrie Fisher talked about it publicly.


Quotes

C-3PO: It is indeed true that at times like this R2 and I wish we were more than mechanical beings and we were really alive so we could share your feelings with you.


Goofs

In the original film, the Millennium Falcon's flight deck had room for five people to be in the same shot together, a back panel of flashing lights, and a distinctive round blue VDU display high above Chewbacca's left shoulder. The flight deck is much smaller in this show, and the backdrop is obviously just a painted wall. The television special was filmed, on video tape, on a soundstage in Burbank, Hollywood, while the original Millennium Falcon set footage was filmed on 35mm film at Elstree film studios in England.


Crazy Credits

R2-D2 as R2-D2


Soundtracks

A Day To Celebrate
(uncredited)
Performed by
Carrie Fisher

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Genres

Adventure | Family | Musical | Sci-Fi

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