The infamous ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ is getting its own documentary
Coming December 5th, just in time for the holiday season Turmoil In The Force. It is a documentary about the pariahs Star wars Holiday special.
The film features behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the special, which must have been a joy for all involved. The documentary premiered at South By Southwest earlier this year, and will be released on Digital and Blu-ray at the beginning of December. The news was officially announced on “Life Day”, a device made Star wars a holiday for Wookiees that was first introduced A special holiday Star Wars game. The film will also play in select theaters in the US, UK and Australia.
For some background, after the massive release of Star wars (known to us now New Hop), the Hollywood machine had to do anything to make extra money off the larger-than-life franchise. So, it was decided that the only thing to do was to create a special television holiday that the whole family could enjoy.
The special follows Han Solo and Chewie to the Wookiee planet of Kashyyk to celebrate Life Day. When he escapes from the empire and settles in, Han meets some of Chewbacca’s family.
Most of the rest of the main Star wars cast appears, among dance numbers, cartoons, and other strange sequences. Check out the trailer for the documentary below:
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The Star wars holiday special aired on November 17, 1978, and then quickly disappeared from history as well as Lucasfilm’s potential. They made sure there were no official releases, and if you wanted to see it past that date, you either knew someone with a home-recorded copy or managed to buy a bootleg. Amazingly enough, the film had an animated segment that introduced Boba Fett, who became a very important character in history Star wars.
If you want more information about the special program, the doc is definitely worth checking out. Look for it in December.
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