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Lianachan
2005-Dec-16, 10:41 AM
Has anybody seen the Star Wars Holiday Special (http://www.stomptokyo.com/movies/star-wars-holiday-special.html)? That link sums it up very nicely - it's probably one of the funniest things ever made.

George Lucas more or less refused to acknowledge it's existence for years - although he has said that if he had a sledgehammer and the time, he's smash every copy of it - but there are mounting, if circumstantial, bits of evidence that suggest that it may be released on DVD in 2007.

Highlights include the first ever appearance of Boba Fett, and the hilarious (if uncomfortable) lengthy (and unsubtitled) domestic scene with Chewbacca's family all yawning loudly at each other (well, that's what Wookiee-speak sounds like to me!)

Maksutov
2005-Dec-17, 05:43 AM
Has anybody seen the Star Wars Holiday Special (http://www.stomptokyo.com/movies/star-wars-holiday-special.html)? That link sums it up very nicely - it's probably one of the funniest things ever made.

George Lucas more or less refused to acknowledge it's existence for years - although he has said that if he had a sledgehammer and the time, he's smash every copy of it - but there are mounting, if circumstantial, bits of evidence that suggest that it may be released on DVD in 2007.

Highlights include the first ever appearance of Boba Fett, and the hilarious (if uncomfortable) lengthy (and unsubtitled) domestic scene with Chewbacca's family all yawning loudly at each other (well, that's what Wookiee-speak sounds like to me!)I have it (a dub of an old U-matic tape) and also (unfortunately) have seen it. It's a piece of work, all right!

Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, and Art Carney are completely wasted, and Carrie Fisher looks completely wasted, whereas Mark Hamill was trying to outdo David Bowie re resembling David Bowie.

Then there's Itchy (Chewie's dad, I believe) always growling at Lumpy (Chewie's son). No, I'm not making these names up. At least Itchy is quiet for a time while watching Wookiee porn supplied by Art Carney and performed by Diahann Caroll.

There's more, but I now need to take a couple teaspoons of bicarb.

For those who still have a perverse interest, go here (http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/) for even more lurid details.

Maksutov
2005-Dec-17, 06:09 AM
Ah, that's better.

And...don't...forget...to...FIGHT...THE...FRIZZIES !

(at eleven)

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/4879/iconbiggrin1kg.gif

Hugh Jass
2005-Dec-17, 08:42 AM
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I've been under the impression I was crazy for almost 15 years now.

I have very faint memories of seeing this when it originally aired. Mostly I remember Chewie's family, but just vaguely. Well in my dorm freshman year of college I started a discussion with my suite mates 5 or 6 of them, maybe some of our neighbors as well. Somehow I was the only one who either saw or remembered seeing it. Since I was alone in memory and they were so vague they convinced me I was remembering a childhood dream as reality. Not like I could have googled it then. Since I was thoroughly pounded for my statements about this show I had pretty much put it out of my mind and tried very hard not to think about it accepting the dream theory as it were.
Boy sounds like I don't want to go trying to find it to see it however, the slight memories I do have are sure to be better than reality.

John M. Dollan
2005-Dec-17, 09:40 AM
This is hilarious. I *just* aquired the first half of the special, and it brought back a ton of memories. Like most, I vaguely remembering seeing it, having been only 8 at the time, and for the most part I was always curious about those memories, but never enough to really pursue them. After all, I have much clearer memories of the Ewok specials, and those were traumatic enough!

So, having always been under the impression that everything published was Star Wars canon ATF (And That's Final), what I want to know is if I buy the Great Big Book of Star Wars Characters, Official Edition, will I find Lumpy and Itchy? Can even Lucas pull away something like this and escape the label of Revisionist?

I'm joking, of course.... But still, there are some interesting points. Kashyyk looks much better here than it did in the last SW film, even with the rather crappy mat-paintings (as far as I could tell; my copy is probably a 50th generation VHS dub, and that was *before* being converted into a low quality avi file). Apparently the relatively low budget of the first movie didn't shoot upward much, even after Star Wars' success, since all of the space-fight scenes look like they were ripped from the movie.

On the other hand, they did manage to get all of the original actors... and I wonder if those actors thought this was a big prank someone was playing of Lucas. Or maybe they were all desperate for money. Or perhaps Lucas finally swore off egg-nog after he saw the thing on TV...

Anyway, the memories flowed after I saw this, and to use the old adage, it was like watching a car wreck. I should have turned away in disgust and profound sorrow, but instead I sat through the whole thing. And now I'm blind.

...John...

James_Digriz
2005-Dec-29, 03:07 AM
One of the great dissapointments of my childhood. It looked like Star Wars TV was going to flood the airwaves after this release and what did we get???

chirp chirp chirp

papageno
2005-Dec-29, 10:34 PM
On the other hand, they did manage to get all of the original actors... and I wonder if those actors thought this was a big prank someone was playing of Lucas. Or maybe they were all desperate for money. Or perhaps Lucas finally swore off egg-nog after he saw the thing on TV... Let's not forget the Star Wars Special of the Muppet Show.
Mark Hamil, the droid couple, Chewbacca and Darth Nader! :lol:

Doodler
2005-Dec-30, 01:02 AM
Heh, one of the more fun memories I have of playing Star Wars Galaxies was the wholehearted embrace of Wookiee Life Day as a way of celebrating Christmas.

I played a wookiee character and had a blast running around in a bright red bathrobe with one of those cheesey looking blue sparkly balls.

frenat
2005-Dec-30, 04:27 AM
I recently bought a copy of this on DVD on Ebay. It also includes the Muppet show special as well as some old tv commercials. Got a pretty good price on it too. IIRC, it came out between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back so it wasn't too hard to get all the original actors.

vonmazur
2006-Jan-02, 11:03 PM
"George Lucas in Love" was actually easier to watch, than the Holiday Special, which was bad enough......Maybe the COPS episode of some SW fans homemade video should get the prize......Imperial Storm Troopers doing the "cops" thing with Jawas and stolen droids.... (Whatchu gonna do when they come for you?????)

Dale in Ala

HenrikOlsen
2006-Jan-03, 04:16 AM
You're thinking of Troops (http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/troops/), the people who did that went on to do I.M.P.S. The Relentless (http://impstherelentless.com/) which I think is even better.

novaderrik
2006-Jan-03, 08:31 AM
You're thinking of Troops (http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/troops/)

so THAT's how it all went down.
and to think, they were just looking to find Luke and tell him that his aunt and uncle were dead...

Moose
2006-Jan-03, 11:22 AM
Oh! Hey! Now IMPS I haven't seen before. Thanks for the link! Downloading now!

If you haven't seen Star Wars: Revelations (http://www.panicstruckpro.com/revelations/) yet, do so. The special effects alone are well worth the download (and the acting isn't all that bad. Definitely better than what Lucas managed to inspire out of Portman and Hayden in III.)

Moose
2006-Jan-04, 02:03 AM
You're thinking of Troops (http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/troops/), the people who did that went on to do I.M.P.S. The Relentless (http://impstherelentless.com/) which I think is even better.

I watched it this evening. I thought the scene with the Predators was a nice touch.

I have to say, though, I think I preferred the charm of Troops a bit better. That's not to say I'm not eagerly awaiting Chapter 2, however. :D

ToSeek
2006-Jan-04, 03:54 PM
"George Lucas in Love" was actually easier to watch, than the Holiday Special, which was bad enough.

I thought "GLiL" was hysterical!

Laurie
2006-Jan-07, 07:36 AM
Gods! You mean someone actually found it? Made during those heady "Star Wars everything " craze.

Hilarious!

As for those toys! Sheesh....worth a fortune now!

TheGalaxyTrio
2006-Jan-07, 04:18 PM
Did Peter Chung design the Han Solo character in the animated short? I mean... look at it!

http://www.stomptokyo.com/sings/swholiday/images/animsolo2.jpg

That head would look right at home next to trevor Goodchild.

vonmazur
2006-Jan-07, 09:54 PM
Gods! You mean someone actually found it? Made during those heady "Star Wars everything " craze.

Hilarious!

As for those toys! Sheesh....worth a fortune now!

I saw it on The SciFi channel, (IIRC) and then in a local flea market, some Sci Fi and Comic Book dealer had a copy........." Of Lucas, origins it has...."

I still get worked up over this film, and I have been told that George hates it, I can sympathize with him, but it is still funny...

Dale in Ala