Relive Some Bizarre Star Wars History with the Star Wars Holiday Special

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 16th, 2011

Words cannot adequately describe just how weird the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special was; it had Bea Arthur, singing princesses, extended Wookie dialog, cartoon interludes, and more. Seeing is believing and we’ve got a copy to share.

The special centers on the adventures of the Star Wars cast surrounding Life Day, the Star Wars version of a Christmas holiday. Rather than describe the plot (which is tenuous at best), we’ll highlight a few of the things you’ll miss by not watching: extended (and painfully un-subtitled) Wookie dialog, a Wookie attempting to cook a meal watching an intergalactic cooking show, Bea Arthur (of the Golden Girl fame) doing a public service announcement for The Empire (including a song and dance) and the first appearance of Boba Fett.

Does it sound too awesome to be contained in one Holiday special? Indeed, it does. Check out the video above to watch the special in all its 1978 bizarre glory (with bonus vintage commercials left intact). Curious to learn more about the show? Hit up the link below.

The Star Wars Holiday Special [Wikipedia]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/16/11
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