Friday, November 23, 2012

10 Memorable Aspects of the Star Wars Holiday Special

This is not meant to be a complete list, just the ten that immediately jump to mind. This isn a real special that aired in 1978.

  1. Chewbecca’s father Itchy having a virtual reality fantasy involving Diahann Carroll
  2. The lengthy sequence near the beginning done in Wookie talk with no sub-titles
  3. Chewbecca’s son Lumpy watching hologram toys with a look that could either be fascination or a desire to smash them
  4. Chewbecca’s wife Malla (played by a guy) wearing an apron and watching a cooking show by a four-armed woman (also a guy – Harvey Korman)
  5. Imperial Forces being distracted by a Jefferson Starship video
  6. Boba Fett’s actual first appearance (so not counting retroactive additions to A New Hope)
  7. Art Carney repeatedly showing up as a family friend to the Wookies
  8. Most major Star Wars characters showing up in pairs for just one scene before reappearing as a group at the end (well, obviously Darth Vader doesn’t hang with the gang at the end)
  9. Beatrice Arthur sending people away from the Cantina singing words to the Cantina Song (despite being in space the Cantina apparently does have a closing time0
  10. Princess Leia singing the Star Wars theme at the end, again with words added just for the special

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