Classics Happy 35th Anniversary To The Star Wars Holiday Special

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by Narutakikun, Nov 22, 2012.

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  1. Narutakikun Force Ghost

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    Broadcast for the first and only time on November 17th, 1978 - 35 years ago this week.

    So everybody sit back with some Wookiee-ookies, put on some Jefferson Starship, and have a happy Life Day! And if you've never seen the SWHS, do be sure to watch it sometime - with or without the Rifftrax.
  2. Team Padme Force Ghost

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    I watched bits and peaces of it but it was so boring.
  3. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    My favorite TV special, of all time... just because G. Walton hates it. :)
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  4. QuangoFett Force Ghost

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    Happy anniversary to the Holiday Special.

    My gift to it is some much needed solitude, away from my prying eyes.
  5. DarthRelaxus Chosen One

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    I can't bear the thought of watching it, but if Disney releases it on DVD/Bluray I know I'll buy it.

    And so will you.
  6. CaptainHamYoyo Jedi Grand Master

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    It's only 34 years.
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  7. Darth_Foo Force Ghost

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    Me and my brothers try to watch this every Christmas for the past few years. Its like a game to see who can get through the whole thing.
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  8. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    How much are you guys wagering?:p
  9. mattman8907 Jedi Grand Master

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    i watched it the other day and i nearly wanted to put a bullet in my head.
  10. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    Suicide? While watching a Celebration of Life-Day?

    Sidious would probably find some irony in that.
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  11. Darth_Foo Force Ghost

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    Respect. MST3K is a fav show for most of my family so our sanity is wrecked enough that something so horrid as The Holiday Special is considered "fun". After Manos: The Hands of Fate, Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, Future War, and The Beast of Yucca Flats THS isn't that bad 8-}
  12. BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost

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    Once you get into / get over the wacky animation style, the Boba Fett bit is actually somewhat decent. It's like an oasis in a desert of suck. That and seeing Han and Chewie at the Falcon cockpit still looks cool even if Harrison Ford seems more confused than usual at the whole Star Wars thing.

    Anyway, even though Lucas hate it, this story is still canon, right?
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  13. BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost

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  14. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    If not, it should be...
  15. Llew Jedi Padawan

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    I love the Holiday Special. I've made almost all of my friends sit through it at least once. It really hope Disney kicks LFL into gear with getting this out on some kind of format.
  16. Iron_lord Chosen One

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    Information based on the story is- like the names of Chewie's family. Michael Kube-McDowell wanted to do his own thing with Wookiees- like have them as polygamous- but LFL insisted he stick to the outlines established in the Holiday Special.
  17. Dan_Grievous_Tikkes_Fan Force Ghost

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    It shows how bad it is if the guy who approved the Ewoks and Jar Jar and Howard the Duck hates it.
  18. tal0nkarrde Force Ghost

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    ROTFL! This special was absolutely horrible, but I was obsessed with getting my hands on a copy of it for years. I could barely remember it a decade after watching it as a kid and thought that I had imagined it until someone mentioned to me that The Star Wars Holiday Special was the first time we really got to see Boba Fett. "Aha!" I thought, "It does exist!" Thus began my journey to get my hands on a copy of the special which finally ended when I found a decent version on ebay complete with commercials that allowed me to reminisce about the toys, food, etc of that era. Most of the special was bloody horrible with too much make-up on Mark Hamill to cover the accident scars, a very high Princess Leia, some funkadelic segments and Wookie's constantly grunting and groaning at each other with no subtitles for explanation. Yet, I cherish my copy of the special and will never part with it.
  19. LawgSkrak Force Ghost

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    Couldn't they "Special Edition" the heck out of this and at least make it watchable?

    You know, fix the video quality (obviously), add some new special effects, put in subtitles for the Wookiee scenes, stuff like that? Maybe edit out the whole Jefferson Starship part and put it in Special Features.
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  20. Narutakikun Force Ghost

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    Making it "better" wouldn't really make it better. The charm of the SWHS is the wonderful, cheesy, horrible 70s-ness of it all. "Correcting" that would be like paying Weta to redo the goblin effects in Troll 2, or to CGI in some better birds in Birdemic. The WTF-inducing badness of it is what makes it worth watching.
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  21. Blur Force Ghost

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    I saw the SW Holiday Special as a kid (when it first came out), but remember nothing about it at all, not even the cartoon. I've subsequently tried watching it on Youtube & the quality is so poor that, IMHO, it's unwatchable.

    If they ever release Droids & Ewoks cartoons on DVD/Blu-ray, I would like to see the Boba Fett animated section added to these DVD's as a Special Feature - this would make perfect sense since the animation company that did this Boba Fett sequence was also responsible for the Droids/Ewoks cartoons (Nelvana).
  22. LordMortis315 Jedi Grand Master

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    I feel proud to say that I have never seen this. :D
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