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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get home to Chewie's family to celebrate Life Day, which includes various forms of entertainment.

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Cast

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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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Saun Dann
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

The 'Star Wars' Christmas Special  »

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Trivia

This special aired in Canada one hour before it aired in the U.S. See more »

Quotes

Han Solo: You're like... family... to me
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Crazy Credits

R2-D2 as R2-D2 See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Light the Sky on Fire
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Performed by Jefferson Starship
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in the name of all that is holy please watch this pile of crap!
20 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always been a big fan of star wars and I thought I knew a lot about it until my boy friend and his best friend asked me if I have ever seen the holiday special. I didn't even know one existed and I had actually seen both Ewok movies, go figure.

Well as a joke I suppose our friend gave us the movie last night for xmas and we popped it in. It is by far the most heinous piece of crap I have ever seen. I was warned it was bad but, WOW it was terrible. I lost an hour and a half of my life and really nothing happened during that time other than losing any shred of respect I may have had for George Lucas.

The effects are so bad they are hilarious and there seems to be some type of odd porn scene involving Chewbaca's father and some 70's Disco Queen. I watched most of the program with my mouth hanging wide open in utter disbelief. The rest of the time I was laughing at just how awful the whole thing really is.

I still recommend watching the film if only to say that you have. Especially if you claim to be a Star Wars geek. Just make sure you have plenty of alcohol on hand and some friends with an excellent sense of humor.


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