I’m writing this in the off chance that you haven’t seen THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. Everyone has by now, right?
THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL aired on CBS at 8 PM, Friday November 17, 1978. It would air only once.
The premise had Han Solo bringing Chewbacca home to see his family for “Life Day”. Yes, we meet an entire family of Wookies, including his son “Lumpy”.
All of the STAR WARS cast returned, along with guest stars such as Harvey Korman, Art Carney, Bea Arthur, Diahann Carroll, and Jefferson Starship.
The highlight of the special, that even those who dislike the show admire, was an animated cartoon featuring Boba Fett, his first appearance in the STAR WARS universe.
George Lucas, who had little to do with the making of it, hates it. He doesn’t want it shown. Yet, it is more fun than the prequels, in a “I can’t believe I am watching this” sort of way.
Like this clip, Princess Leia sings.
Not available on DVD, never released on VHS, it is one of the most popular bootlegs out there. You can probably find it at any record convention. I see it is even on Ebay.
And, there are plenty of clips on Youtube. In fact, all 12 parts are available.
I honestly believe that if George Lucas were to release this on DVD that, not only would it sell quite well, but those who disowned him after his tampering with the originals might cut him some slack. They might say “Hey, this guy has a sense of humor. Maybe he isn’t so bad after all”.
Happy Life Day everyone.
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EDIT (12-22-08): VANITY FAIR has an excellent story about THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL here.