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The Holiday Special - A look into Chewbacca's family life

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by YodaJeff, Feb 23, 2003.

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  1. YodaJeff

    YodaJeff Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 18, 2001
    Without the Holiday Special, there is no way that we'd know Chewbacca had a wife named Mala, a white-haired father named Itchy, and a cute little son named Lumpy.

    Did you enjoy this look into what may be a typical family life for Wookiees?

    Personally, I enjoyed it. I never had thought that Chewbacca had a family prior to this. All those times he went on daring missions with Han, he probably was thinking about his family, and he may have argued with Han over whether or not they should take certain assignments. After all, Chewbacca wants to return to his family, and Han has no family (that I know of) to return to. Therefore, Han would probably be more willing to take daring assignements than Chewbacca.

    Is Chewbacca a bad father? It seems like he is away for long periods of time, leaving Mala and Itchy to run the household, and leaving them to raise Lumpy. Sure, it looks like Lumpy is a happy little Wookiee when Chewbacca finally returns, but I can't help but think he has a feeling of disappointment that his father is rarely around.
  2. Exar_Xan

    Exar_Xan Jedi Master star 6

    Dec 29, 2001
    I did like the Holiday Special too.

    More info about it: The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 2-hour long television special that aired on CBS on November 17, 1978. It starred all of the original cast of Star Wars except for Alec Guinness. Excluding commercials, the program ran about 90 minutes.
    The entire show is live-action, but there is an 11 minute animated segment, that is most popular as Boba Fett's first appearance in the Star Wars universe.
    George Lucas wrote the story for the program, but because of preparations for Empire Strikes Back he had hardly any further involvement.
    The program is about Chewbacca trying to fly home to his family on Kashyyyk. His family consists of his father, wife, and son. The show also has several special guest and musical appearances including the Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Harvey Korman.
  3. UK Sullustian

    UK Sullustian Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Nov 18, 1998

    I'm sure if they could have afforded Sir Alec's fee, we'd all now be fawning over his remarkable breakdancing skills.

  4. YodaJeff

    YodaJeff Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 18, 2001
    I wanted this thread to discuss Chewbacca's family life, and not just the Holiday Special in general. :(
  5. Exar_Xan

    Exar_Xan Jedi Master star 6

    Dec 29, 2001
    Oops i am sorry for my previous post then YodaJeff. But maybye is it better to place such a discussion about Chewie and his family in the Expanded Universeforums.
  6. YodaJeff

    YodaJeff Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 18, 2001
    But I just want to discuss what we saw about Chewbacca and his family life based off of what we saw in the Holiday Special! :_|
  7. Exar_Xan

    Exar_Xan Jedi Master star 6

    Dec 29, 2001
    Oke then lets do that, and i will make later one tread were we can discuss the Holiday Special in general.

    I found Lumpy a bit annoying from time to time. It was good to see Itchy, altough i believe they changed him being albino in other eusources. And Malla seemed tto me like a great wife for Chewie.
  8. Maulfly

    Maulfly Moderator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2001
    Was it just me or did Ichy have too much of an attraction to non-wookiee females? He seemed to get a little too excited about that dancer. :p
  9. Latorski

    Latorski Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 14, 2002
    I agree, he was something of a pervert. I wonder if he ever looked under Chewie's bed.
  10. Exar_Xan

    Exar_Xan Jedi Master star 6

    Dec 29, 2001
    [face_laugh] Yeah, remember that line what she said: "Do you feel me, [Itchy]? I am your fantasy."
  11. Maulfly

    Maulfly Moderator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2001
    That was all just soooooo wrong. :p
  12. Spike_Spiegel

    Spike_Spiegel Former FF Administrator Former Saga Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 12, 2002
    I just looove Lumpy! Isn't he cute!
  13. Alabak

    Alabak Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 21, 2001

  14. OwenSkywalker3

    OwenSkywalker3 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Oct 23, 2002
    You know, Lumpy is a character in one of the Black Fleet Crisis EU novels. I think they talk about his upbringing as a Wookie warrior, and goes into the coming of age rituals of Wookie youth, etc. I don't really remember it to well, but you might want to check it out... The novel also talked about Cindel Towani (another SW small screen icon... Kube McDowell loved the stuff, I guess...).

  15. YodaJeff

    YodaJeff Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 18, 2001
    Does the EU give any sort of information on how old Lumpy is? Since Chewbacca is supposedly 300 or so, I'm curious as to how old his son is. Same thing with Itchy, does the EU state how old he is?
  16. Darth McClain

    Darth McClain Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 5, 2000
    I'm not sure if Itchy's age is ever specified in any of the EU sources.

    The Holiday Special provided background and introduced characters that would prove to be some of the best in SWEU, in my huble opinion. I really enjoyed AC Crispen's Han Solo Trilogy, expecially the scenes on Kashyyyk (the Wookiee homeworld).
  17. TalonCard

    TalonCard •Author: Slave Pits of Lorrd •TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

    Jan 31, 2001
    Lumpy's about two, three years old at the time of THS. Itchy is 350, and Chewie is 200.

  18. BlarneyTech

    BlarneyTech Jedi Youngling

    Feb 25, 2003
    From the first time I saw the holiday special, I always thought that Itchy was a perve. I mean they try not to make him seem so, but it always looks like he is doing something interesting when he is watching that horrible 1970's show. I mean, what were the directors thinking?! Wookie porn, fosho!
  19. DarthStothe

    DarthStothe Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jun 2, 2002
    I said it once, I'll say it again:

    Lumpy is the biggest brat ever! Jeez! What kind of kid would steal something out of his elderly grandfather's hands! No wonder Chewie never sticks around!
  20. Matthew Trias

    Matthew Trias Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Sep 8, 1999
    I feel sorry for Chewie's porn addicted dad.

    Plus. he's kinda a deviant. He's getting off to human porn. How can he be attracted to another species? :p
  21. LottDodd

    LottDodd Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 4, 2002
    Will Chewie's Family Remain Cannon for Episode III... Will their be A Cameo from the Holliday Special...?
  22. Myaha

    Myaha Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 24, 2002
    Chewbacca will marry Malla about 5 years before ANH... so there's no need to show something of that stuff in Ep3 :p

    okay... you could show Attichitcuk or his future wife Mallatobuck... (she wanted him for a long time after all ;))

    but that's a fictional and never-to-be could...

    hm... I didn't really liked the Holiday Special but it was interesting to see normal Kashyyyk every-day-life on screen and Lumpawarrump is cute...
    but then I find Salacious Crumb cute, too o_O
  23. StoyBoy720

    StoyBoy720 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 26, 2003
    Don't forget Itchy is also in the Chewbacca mini-series of comics.

    The one thing I didn't like about Chewie's family in the Holiday Special, was how the same sound was used for Lumpy over and over again, that sounds like he's pretending to rev an engine, it was just used over and over again...annoying.

    Other than that though, good times.
  24. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Aug 31, 2000
    I [finally saw the] Holiday Special [edited]. Had to see what the fuss was all about.

    YJ edit: Don't mention where illegal copies can be found.
  25. topgoalscorer_no11

    topgoalscorer_no11 Jedi Master star 3

    Jul 23, 2001
    Is it just me, or is Mala a clinical idiot, even for a wookie?

    Just look at the way she's routinely patronised via videophone by the likes of Luke and Leia.

    And her all too intense concentration on that horrible cookery programme.

    Next time you see it, listen out for the way Luke reassures Mala in the most disgustingly patronising way-

    'Have a nice Life Day.' He says.

    But what he's really saying is, 'Mala, you're just being moronic again, next time Chewie arrives back late for dinner, don't bother phoning me you Wookie cretin.'

    The anthropological question is: Why did Chewie choose as a mate someone this idiotic?

    Are all Wookie females genetically imbecilic, or is Chewie afraid of strong, intelligent women (like Leia)?
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