Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 2 A 31 Day Challenge... a long time ago a Holiday Special that was....

Back in 1978, 20th Century Fox and Lucas Films Ltd released a Holiday special that most people have forgotten.  Well most people but me, I am still haunted by Carrie Fishers' attempt at singing.  Can not make that image go away, and it is 44 years later.

The holiday special was aptly titled "THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL", it was as much a promotional piece for the Kenner STAR WARS action figures being released that Christmas, as it was a promotion for STAR WARS.

However, it was not all bad, in retrospect there are some good moments to the television special.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to post the whole Special, because 20th Century Fox has pulled sections from Youtube.

However here is the near complete STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.  Please have ear plugs when Carrie Fisher sings at the end.

Yes, that really is Mark Hammil as Luke Skywalker.  Looks a little high here.  Actually, looks a little like Carol Channing.  Scarry.
This is one of the stranger parts of the whole special.
Another strange segment, but not too bad overall.
Now 20th Century Fox, for what ever reason blocked Parts 10 and 11 so we jump now to Part 12
Not a bad segment, Bea Arthur actually fits rather well in the Cantina and this sequence reminds me a lot of Cabaret in some ways.  
Again another jump, to Part 14.
Warning, warning! Danger Will Robinson!  Sorry that was from another galaxy.  However now would be a good time for you to  please find your ear plugs, yes yes, need them you will.
The end has arrived. You will notice filler and commercials here.  The commercials are funny, because it shows how little things have changed in some ways. 

It has been 44 years since I last saw this special, at the time I was 18 and really didn't like this.  I wanted more space battles and less story line, and I hated all the musical segments.

I have grown quite a bit, I wish that this was commercially available, it would be nice to see the whole special intact.  Maybe Disney will air it this season.

Have a wonderful day, and may the force be with you... always.

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