Most Star Wars fans prefer to pretend that the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special didn’t actually happen due to the-shall we say… unfavorable- reputation that it has. Many consider it one of the worse things to come out of the Star Wars franchise, so if you’re not up to date with your Star Wars knowledge you can just assume it is bad and cringe-worthy as it can possibly be. Despite this overwhelmingly negative reception, the LEGO Star Wars team has made an animated sequel to the festive flop which will be exclusive to the Disney Plus streaming service.
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special focuses on the new generation of Star Wars heroes– including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Rose Tico alongside old classic characters Chewbacca and C-3PO – celebrating Life Day, the time honoured holiday tradition originating from the Wookiees on their home planet of Kashyyk. Rey gets thrown into a cross-dimensional adventure during the festivities, leading to her meeting the original Star Wars trilogy versions of characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi , Yoda, and more. She also appears to cross over into The Mandalorian Disney Plus series timeline, encountering everyone’s favourite green cutie The Child. She pauses during a fight to remark on his adorableness because she is only human after all. We also see a young and old Han Solo deciding on who gets to shoot Greedo first, Emperor Palpatine politely asking Kylo Ren to put on a shirt, and Rey and young Luke Skywalker teaming up to fight Darth Vader. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special looks like an insanely ridiculous Star Wars fanfiction and quite frankly, I am all for it. Certain characters will have their original actors returning to provide voiceovers, including Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. There are also alumni from The Clone Wars animated series involved in the special, such as Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker and James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special will be streaming on Disney Plus from November 17th, 2020. Check out the trailer below as well as the brilliant poster for the special. If you want to know more about The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, have a read of the interview with James Waugh and Josh Rimes of Lucasfilms here.