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Happy 30th Anniversary Holiday Special!

Posted By Mike on December 3, 2008

Happy anniversary to the Star Wars Holiday Special which aired 30 years ago today.

In honor of this, um, special occasion, one of our TFN readers Shawn sent us the following musical tribute that would be sung to the tune of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band."


"It was 30 years ago today
We didn't have a VCR to play
George had given in to CBS
Who tried to do Star Wars with less

But it didn't take too long to see
What a horror it would come to be
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad

Wookiees talking with a Shriiwook* sound
No subtitles to be found
Everything was going awfully wrong
Bea Arthur singing cantina songs

But that night they introduced you to
A bounty hunter in green and blue
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad

Malla cooking with a Bantha stew
Art Carney brought a gift or two
Itchy fantasies to kids' dismay
Diahann Carroll where are you today

Lumpy watching animated Fett
Harvey Korman took one in the head
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad

Now Chewie made it home in time
For a Life Day chorus line
And people, if we've learned a thing,
Don't let Carrie Fisher sing

Thank the Force that you will never see
Lucasfilm release a DVD
Holiday Special, aww, you were so bad

(* Shriiwook being the language of the Wookiees.)"




Happy Life Day to one and all!!!



Thanks Shawn!



UPDATE: Starwars.com will be bringing us a weeks worth of coverage on the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Special. Click here for the first installment.




UPDATE #2: In their continuing celebration of the Holiday Special 30th anniversary, the main site has posted an old interview with the writer and directors as well as take a look at some exclusive Topps cards.




UPDATE #3: The main site highlights Holiday Special collecting.




UPDATE #4: More from the Holiday Special week at the main site:

Star Wars artist Cynthia Cummens-Narcisi shows you how to draw Chewbacca and his family.

Check out an interview with Pat Maloney, the voice of Lumpy, from 1998 in Filmfax Magazine.

There's also a Holiday Special animatic reel.


Last but not least for today's update, head on over to Nerve.com for their "Video of the Day: The Five-Minute "Star Wars" Holiday Special." (Thanks Billy)




UPDATE #5: Holiday Special week at Starwars.com concludes with...

"Holiday Special Artists: McQuarrie and Others"
"Holiday Special: A Site for Sore Eyes"
"Holiday Special: What Has Survived?"





UPDATE #6: Holiday Special week at the main site may have concluded, but Den of Geek has a couple features; one an overview and the other highlighting the special's musical numbers.


Thanks Cameron!




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