No….. We are not kidding.
The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American television film set in the Star Wars galaxy. It stars the film’s main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films. It is one of the first official Star Wars spin-offs, and was directed by Steve Binder. The show was broadcast in its entirety only once, in the United States, on Friday, November 17, 1978.
In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. They are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy, though these names were later explained to have been nicknames, their full names being Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawarrump, respectively.
The special is notorious for its extremely negative reception. Anthony Daniels (C3P0), notes with a laugh that the Star Wars universe includes “The horrible Holiday Special that nobody talks about”. Nathan Rabin of the AV Club wrote, “I’m not convinced the special wasn’t ultimately written and directed by a sentient bag of cocaine.” George Lucas did not have significant involvement with the film’s production.
The Star Wars Holiday Special has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video. It has therefore become something of a cultural legend, due to the “underground” quality of its existence.
In honor of the release of STAR WARS: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Rock 101 is pleased to give you The Star Wars Holiday Special in its entirety…….. ENJOY
(Note some music audio has been removed due to copy write, but it still wouldn’t make it good)