Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Celebrating a Holiday Train-Wreck
This year marks the twenty ninth anniversary of George Lucas' epic disaster THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
It was broadcast in its entirety in the United States only once on Friday, November 17, 1978 on CBS-TV from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Though Lucas claims not to have been involved, and not pleased with the end result. He was later responsible for Jar Jar, The Ewoks, and 2 Ewok Movies. You be the Judge.
The film is sprinkled with Cameos, including (Embarassingly enough) most of the leads from the original feature.
Mark Hamill- Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford- Han Solo
Carrie Fishe-r Princess Leia Organa
Anthony Daniels- C-3PO
Kenny Baker- R2-D2
Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca
James Earl Jones- Darth Vader (voice)
Bea Arthur - Ackmena
Art Carney -Trader Saun Dann
Diahann Carroll - Mermeia Holographic Wow
Harvey Korman- Krelman/Chef Gormaanda/Amorphian instructor
Art Carney and Harvey Korman are the only two that seem to understand what a fucked-up piece of bantha shit this whole thing is, and their odd little comedy bits make it almost watchable. Almost. I'm not sure what happened with casting on this, but the Imeprial guards sportin' the stache and the oddly gesticulating Imperial officers make me think no one involved had ever seen Satr Wars. Bea Aruthr's Cantina song and dance routine is one of TV's biggest WTF moments, though Greedo proves to be no Gene Kelly. I had to pause it just to keep the bile down my throat. Incredibly, Carrie Fisher's song at the end makes the whole mess SO worthwhile, but only if you've suffered the entirety of the nearly 2 hr horror. Also of note, is the super seventies animated short that introduces Boba Fett to the world, conveniently located between hr 1 and hr 2.
The Star Wars Holiday Fiasco does not end with the TV horrors. A mostly unbearable Holiday album entitled CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS also made it onto store shelves.
With hits like :
THE ODDS AGAINST CHRISTMAS
WHAT DO YOU GET A WOOKIE FOR CHRISTMAS? (IF HE ALREADY OWNS A COMB)
**Available on LP
BELLS BELLS BELLS
You can sample an audio taste of the acoustically unnerving hell HERE
Happy Life day to all!