The Star Wars Holiday Special

1978

Steve Binder
Director

Han tries to reunite Chewie with his family for the Wookie celebration of Life Day...The Imperials beg to differ.

Absolutely dreadful, although I have found one or two misguided individuals who seem to have fond memories of the thing. Amazingly the saga survived even this.

A cantina scene features many of the costumes/masks from the original film and are credited to Stuart Freeborn and Rick Baker.

An animated segment features the debut of beloved bounty hunter, Boba Fett.

-The Sloth

To be fair, I think much of the blame for this atrocity lies not with George Lucas, but with certain producers, who shall go unnamed here but were veterans of producing 70s variety show dreck such as Barry Manilow specials, who came in and seem to have taken over production and caused discord with the creative types. A good caution to retain direct control of your franchise, something which Lucas unfortunately took to an extreme in later years. Don't forget to fight the frizzies.

-Dave W



17th November 1978
TVM



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Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Voice: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
Han Solo
Harrison Ford
Voice: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher
Voice: Princess Leia
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
Anthony Daniels
Voice: C-3PO
Peter Mayhew
Chewbacca
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
James Earl Jones
Darth Vader (Voice)
Mickey Morton
Malla
(Mallatobuck)
Paul Gale
Itchy
(Attichitcuk)
Patty Maloney
Lumpy
(Lumpawaroo)
Bea Arthur
Ackmena
Art Carney
Saun Dann
Diahann Carroll
Mermeia Holographic Wow
The Jefferson Starship
Harvey Korman
Gormaanda
Harvey Korman
Amorphian Instructor
Harvey Korman
Krelman
Jack Rader
Imperial Guard Officer
Stephanie Stromer
The Great Zorbak (Holographic Gymnast)
Michael Potter
Imperial Guard Officer
Wazzan Troupe
Holographic Tumblers (as The Wazzan Troupe)
Yûichi Sugiyama
Holographic Ringmaster
Mum Brothers
The Reeko Brothers (as The Mum Brothers)
Claude Woolman
Imperial Officer (wallscreen)
Lev Mailer
Imperial Guard #1
Big John McLaughlin
Imperial Stormtrooper #1
Don Francks
Voice: Boba Fett
Alec Guinness
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (archive footage)
Mary Ann Hay
Dancer
Linda Hoxit
Teenage 'Wookie'
Art James
Voice: Announcer
Larry Mollin
Voice: Pilot
Marcus Powell
Rycar Ryjerd (archive footage)
David Prowse
Darth Vader (archive footage)
Arthur Rowton
Zutton Zutmore
Leslie Schofield
Unnamed Chief Bast Lookalike
(archive footage, re-dubbed)
Marty Balin
Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
Craig Chaquico
Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
David Freiberg
Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
Paul Kantner
Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Thorp
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Pons “Brainiac” Limbic
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Caldera Righim
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Bludlow
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Tork
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Helpmus
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Rungs
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Sosio Kakra