Star Wars Holiday Special Was Like a 'Weird Funeral'

Following the release of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, one of the stars of the infamous 1978 original -- C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels -- reflected on the inspiration for the Disney+ incarnation.

"This thing was meant to be a happy Life Day, then we're in this giant set draped with black, it was just awful," Daniels told EW. "It was like being at a weird funeral, you have to watch it on YouTube for the full horror. Watch the last 10 minutes, and you'll see why [the new show] contrasts rather well and is rather fun. Poor Mark, poor Carrie, poor Harrison – you can see it on their faces! They're gritting their teeth and it shows; they're like hanging onto each other. I think people learn their lesson, and I think we may be on track to make a regular Life Day holiday special, and why not?"

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Released one year after the theatrical debut of A New Hope (then simply known as Star Wars), the Star Wars Holiday Special featured a number of characters from the film reuniting to celebrate Life Day, with Han Solo attempting to bring Chewbacca back to his home planet of Kashyyyk for the festivities. The special was panned by fans and critics alike and was never rebroadcast or released on home video. However, it notably features the first official appearance of Boba Fett, and elements of his debut have since been worked into Dinsey+'s The Mandalorian.

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day. Rey sets off on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious Jedi Temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history, coming into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan and other iconic heroes and villains from all nine Skywalker saga films. But will she make it back in time for the Life Day feast and learn the true meaning of holiday spirit?

Now streaming on Disney+, The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, James Arnold Taylor and Dee Bradley Baker.

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Source: EW

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