stars wars holiday special (1978)

[18] It was written by Lucas and produced by Toronto animation firm Nelvana Ltd., which later produced Droids and Ewoks, two Saturday-morning series based on the franchise in 1985 on ABC. Art Carney has a more integral role in the story, playing a trader named Saun Dann on Kashyyyk who is a member of the rebellion and helps Chewie's family. [44], The official Star Wars site states that the special "delivered mixed results" and states that its highlight was the Boba Fett animated segment.

[13] The special features four songs: Harvey Korman provides comedy in three of the special's skits, including the cantina skit with Bea Arthur where he plays a love-struck barfly who drinks through a hole in the top of his head.

Toronto CTV station CFTO-TV aired the program at 7 pm, an hour earlier than seen on the nearest American outlet, WIVB-TV in Buffalo, New York. [43] In reaction to the 2020 presidential debate on September 29, Hamill said it was the worst thing he had ever seen, comparing it to the special. The first, David Acomba, was brought in through an attempt to "make us different in variety shows", according to Lippincott. Han and Chewbacca arrive. "[46] The official site also refers to the Boba Fett animated segment as "a cult classic".[47].

Acomba, a classmate of George Lucas at USC film school, was unfamiliar with a multiple-camera setup, which caused some problems. In a May 2005 interview, Lucas was asked if the film had soured him on working in television. Fett and Chewie go into Panna City to get the cure. The so-called "Platinum Edition" DVD mentioned in a review by Lawrence Person on Locus Online was an April Fools hoax. [15], The special was broadcast in its entirety in the United States only once, on Friday, November 17, 1978 (the week before Thanksgiving), on the television network CBS from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST), pre-empting Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk. They run into Boba Fett, who saves Luke from a giant monster and claims to want to help the Rebels. The article mistakenly lists Fett as appearing in, Previously, a Lucasfilm-licensed magazine inaccurately listed Fett's voice as being provided by, "Holiday Specials Gone Bad; The 'Star Wars Holiday Special' Flop Lives On", "Remembering that infamously bad 'Star Wars' holiday special, 40 years later", "Star Wars: Empire's End Confirms Chewbacca Is a Father In New Canon", "The Dark Side: An Oral History of The Star Wars Holiday Special", "Tooning Out the "Holiday Special": Nelvana Studios", "The Star Wars Holiday Special and the Debut of Boba Fett", "38 Years Ago Today, Boba Fett Was Spotted for the First Time", "The Vintage Vault: Exploring Kenner's Droids and Ewoks Toys", "The Star Wars Holiday Special Was the Worst Thing on Television", "In Praise of The Ominous Star Wars Holiday Special", "20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe", "Did Lucas Want to Destroy All Copies of the Star Wars Holiday Special? It soon became a cult classic among Star Wars fans. The danger averted, the family prepares to go to the festival at the great Tree of Life. [40] Saun quickly responds that the trooper stole supplies and deserted. [42] In 2020, he jokingly asked U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon it. Segments of that cartoon appear in the 2002 Attack of the Clones web documentary "Bucket Head" and Jeremy Bulloch, who portrayed Fett in the original films, introduces the segment as coming from the Holiday Special. [7], Malla's mask was repurposed from a Chewbacca mask from the original film. Jon Favreau continues his fascination with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special in The Mandalorian. George Lucas did not have significant involvement with the film's production[d] and was reportedly unhappy with the results. To do so, he first must watch the manual for the device, being presented by a malfunctioning, incompetent robot (also played by Korman). While the Imperials are searching downstairs, the living room viewscreen activates, announcing that Tatooine is being put under curfew by the Empire because of "subversive forces". I can't remember what network it was on, but it was a thing that they did. After Lucasfilm was acquired by The Walt Disney Company, the Holocron was retired. Meanwhile, on Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's family is preparing for his return. Back on the Falcon, Chewbacca and Han have just come out of hyperspace not far from Kashyyyk. Evading the Imperials, Fett and Chewie return to the Falcon with the cure. The most notable segment is an animated cartoon featuring the onscreen debut of Boba Fett. This page was last edited on 25 October 2020, at 09:49. The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie 1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [3] Shepard Smith, a news anchor for the Fox News Channel, referred to it as a "'70s train wreck, combining the worst of Star Wars with the utter worst of variety television. An officer orders a search for Chewbacca. President Donald Trump granted 11 lucky Americans clemency through the use of his presidential pardon earlier this week. The latest Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer appears to bring a much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special character in the official canon. Chewie protects Lumpy as Han kills the stormtrooper. Chee stated that elements not subsequently referred to were given the next lowest rank. Jon Kasdan wanted to make sure the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special from the 70s got some recognition in Solo. Ackmena announces last call, and upon being ignored, sings a farewell song.

Disney+ is about to celebrate the holiday spirit with LEGO and a brand new Star Wars Holiday Special. A brand new LEGO animated special will honor the legacy of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Trump and Biden took the stage in Ohio last night to debate their policies, and Mark Hamill thought it was down right awful. Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln decide to lighten the mood on The Walking Dead Season 7 set with their own Holiday comedy special to celebrate Red Nose Day.

The comedy troupe RiffTrax, which is composed of Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni, has released a satirical running commentary on the special. Directed by Steve Binder, it was the first Star Wars spin-off film, set between the events of the original film and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). After being introduced by the special, the character Boba Fett and the planet Kashyyyk have gone on to play integral roles in the franchise, making their first film appearances in The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith, respectively. Apart from this, more specific references to The Star Wars Holiday Special have been made including: A LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special featuring characters from the sequel trilogy in a Life Day-themed adventure will be released on Disney+ on November 17, 2020[82] (the forty-second anniversary of the special). [53] It aired in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ 2 on Christmas Day 1979.[54].

[19][20] Lucas requested that the visual style be inspired by Moebius. Finally, the Wookiee family sits around a table and bow their heads. [citation needed] These have since been duplicated and reduplicated so that most copies of the special available today are based on second- to sixth-generation VHS dubs. Believing Han and Chewie might be arriving, Malla opens the door, but instead finds two stormtroopers and officers. We let them use the characters and stuff and that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but you learn from those experiences. [50] It was also distributed and seen in Australia and New Zealand. An animated sequel set after the events of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, titled the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, will be released on Disney+ in November 2020. It stars the main cast of the original Star Wars and introduces the character of Boba Fett, who appeared in later films.

It aired in France on January 1, 1979, on TF1, in a shortened 72-minute version, dubbed in French. [13] Stan Winston was hired to design the Wookiee family. The Star Wars Holiday Special was mostly forgotten after its only airing in 1978, until some time in the early-to-mid-1990s when individuals came forward and offered original videotape recordings of the TV airing. He replied: The special from 1978 really didn't have much to do with us, you know.

The plot strings together a series of musical numbers, celebrity cameos and other variety show acts. "[37] [17] The final costume design made a public parade appearance two months before the Holiday Special aired. The Imperials force their way into the house. [38], In 2006, Harrison Ford made an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and claimed to have never seen it. [39] Anthony Daniels, in a documentary promoting the worldwide tour of Star Wars: In Concert, notes with a laugh that the Star Wars universe includes "The horrible Holiday Special that nobody talks about". [2] Online video sites such as YouTube have also hosted clips of the special.

Lucas was busy moving his production company to a new location, which was not heavily involved in the special. Despite the unpopularity of the special, Lucasfilm maintained its status as part of the continuity, placing it halfway between Episodes IV and V.[58] From 1978 to 2014, most elements of Holiday Special fell under the S-canon, a secondary level of canon superseded by other licensed works. [34] In 2008, the Star Wars Holiday Special was selected to be shown at the Paley Center for Media by 59% of voters in an online poll of Christmas specials (which allowed users to vote on five titles), beating A Charlie Brown Christmas (34.6%), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Saun arrives with Life Day gifts for everyone, including a virtual reality fantasy program (featuring Diahann Carroll) for Itchy. While originally shared or sold as a bootleg video at conventions or via outlets such as eBay, peer-to-peer file sharing networks have made the special more widely available to fans curious to see it for themselves. Leia gives a short speech and sings a song in celebration. [citation needed] In 2019, Daniels referred to the special as a "turd" in his autobiography. BB-8 tries to make it home for Droid Day in a spoof of the original 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, and it's just as awful as you'd hope. [29] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Some of these fan-made copies include the original commercials that aired during the show, as well as the news breaks. The cartoon introduces Boba Fett, whose appearance was based on footage of the unpainted costume from The Empire Strikes Back, and according to Nelvana co-founder Clive Smith, their suggestion to "scuff up his costume a little bit" influenced the character's live-action appearance. Anyone who says THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978) is better than the Prequel Trilogy has NOT seen THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. The Chuck Wendig novel Aftermath: Empire's End reveals that Chewbacca's son from the Star Wars Holiday Special is now part of the official canon.

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