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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld 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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R2-D2 (as R2-D2)
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Darth Vader (voice)
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Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)
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Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Storyline

It is Life Day, a holiday that is celebrated on Chewbacca's home planet Kashyyyk. Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get to the planet where Chewie's family is waiting for him, but the Empire is out searching for the rebels, giving everyone a hard time. While we are waiting we get a look at the everyday life of a Wookiee family. We meet all the familiar characters from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and we are introduced to Boba Fett during a short cartoon. We also pay a visit to the Cantina and meet all the monsters again. Written by Kynde

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Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year! See more »


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17 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Star Wars Holiday Special  »

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Trivia

The special has never been released on video, but bootleg videos have been circulating for years, and are now all over the internet. George Lucas remarked at an Australian convention that "if I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every bootlegged copy of that program and smash it." See more »

Goofs

The flight deck of the Millennium Falcon is quite obviously not the same as the one used in the original film. In the original film the flight deck had room for five people to all be in the same shot together, a back panel of flashing lights, and a distinctive round blue VDU display behind and high above Chewbacca's left shoulder. The flight deck shown here is much smaller than in the original film and the backdrop is quite obviously just a painted wall. This was because this television special was filmed on a soundstage in Burbank, Hollywood (on video tape) whilst the original Millennium Falcon set footage was filmed on 35mm film at Elstree film studios in England. See more »

Quotes

[while under attack by Star destroyers]
Han Solo: Why do I always think gettin' you home for Life Day is gonna be easy?
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A Day To Celebrate
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Performed by Carrie Fisher
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Now I know how Belloq Felt!
27 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

As many other posters stated, I had been warned. And the legends are true! And like the Nazis, once you remove the cover to the Ark, you have to deal with the consequences. I paid 13 bucks for it, and it is a pile of crap. For the stouthearted who choose to soldier on, I have two recommendations:

1. Do not watch this alone! Like any other emotional trauma, the support of friends is crucial to survival. By the end, you will either want to climb a steeple with a rifle, or go into the garage and start the car.

2. Do not operate while unimpaired. An altered level of consciousness can cushion your psyche. I tried it straight, but within ten minutes I was forced to seek the companionship of my foamy 12 ounce friends.

At any rate, this helping of dog goo brings to light painful questions about Chewbacca and his people long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Questions probably better left unasked. Such as, despite the treetop setting, why does their dwelling place resemble a 70's ski lodge with an Astroturf floor?

Why does the local trader wear black plastic Earth glasses? How were the Wookies able to convert an ordinary cassette player into a Holograph projector? And, regarding said projector, why is the youth Lumpy (who is probably yelling "Franks and Beans!" in Wookie), so fascinated with the freakish flailings of a poor man's Cirque de Soleil? Finally, why in God's name does the patriarch of the clan, Itchy, get so aroused over a pseudo Irene Cara performing a sickening disco song and dance? It was highly disturbing.

Those are the questions that torment me. The other posters have done a far better job than myself covering the horrid sequences with Starship, Bea Arthur (shudder), Harvey Korman and Art Carney. But I must add this: I thought the animated sequence sucked. The story with decent artists probably would have been a cool comic book, but the animation and artwork was terrible. Too cartoony. Artoo physically jumping, his rigid metallic body curving about. And something about Han's head looking like it had been run over by a truck, all squashed...

Like Lot's wife, you have been warned...


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