History Trivia / TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial

17th Jan '16 12:53:13 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CanonDiscontinuity: With Disney's decision regarding the Expanded Universe, it most definitely falls under this category now; [[FanonDiscontinuity Not that anyone would dare acknowledge it anyway.....]]
2nd Jan '16 5:47:17 PM jameygamer
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-------- * This infamous TV film landed in the No. 1 spot in David Hofstede's book ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory''.
30th Dec '15 6:53:48 PM Josef5678
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Creator Backlash was actually an example of Old Shame, and What Were They Thinking The 100 Dumbest Events In Television History is not a trope.
* CreatorBacklash: Even though Creator/GeorgeLucas had no direct involvement with this special, he still hates it. Understandably. ** Carrie Fisher once asked for and received a copy of this special from Lucas sometime down the line as payment for a DVD commentary -- she says she uses it to drive out guests at her parties who overstay their welcome.

** However, it was voted #2 behind ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' for Christmas specials to be exhibited during the holiday season at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC recently.
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** However, it was voted #2 behind ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' for Christmas specials to be exhibited during the holiday season at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC recently.NYC.

* Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory: #1
28th Dec '15 6:54:53 PM AnotherGuy
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** However, it was voted #2 behind ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' for Christmas specials to be exhibited during the holiday season at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC recently.
19th Dec '15 3:32:51 PM dsneybuf
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* Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory: #1
9th Sep '15 10:12:36 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** Because of its infamy, the special has ''never'' been rebroadcast on television ever again.
15th Mar '15 12:25:43 AM Statzkeen
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* FranchiseKiller: Averted... which is kind of amazing considering the result. Let's just say it's a good thing that Lucas was already making ''Empire'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely.
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* FranchiseKiller: Averted... which is kind of amazing considering the result. Let's just say it's a good thing that Lucas was already making ''Empire'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely. It's possible that the Force is real and Lucas pulled a Jedi Mind Trick on the entire viewing audience to convince them it never happened.
10th Feb '15 10:27:04 PM PatPayne
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** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it - and the special aired the same day that Richard Kampiles was arrested for treason for being a spy for Soviet Russia.
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** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it - and the special aired the same day that Richard William Kampiles was arrested sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for treason for being espionage in a spy for Soviet Russia.high-profile case. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... the "Trailtracker" and "Tobor" were probably innovative when they debuted, but to children of today they might as well be old Marx tin toys.
21st Dec '14 1:36:55 PM CorahsUncle
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* ActorAllusion: Art Carney's excessive noodling with a device in exactly the same way Ed Norton did in ''TheHoneymooners'', complete with an Imperial Guard yelling "Will you just ''get on'' with it?!" in the same way as Ralph Kramden.
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* ActingForTwo: More like acting for [[JustForPun too]] ''many'' practically half the characters are played by [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Harvey Korman]]. * ActorAllusion: Art Carney's excessive noodling with a device in exactly the same way Ed Norton did in ''TheHoneymooners'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', complete with an Imperial Guard yelling yelling, "Will you just ''get on'' with it?!" in the same way as Ralph Kramden.

* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally, George Lucas was to be much more involved in the project he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and other hands namely [[PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes. ** A more beneficial example happened (although it's not completely beneficial so much as lesser of two evils): The entire Mind Evaporator sequence was originally intended to be quite explicitly a porn tape. However, it was toned down in order to meet CBS's censorship standards, although the implications of what the Mind Evaporator actually was are still present.
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally, George Lucas was to be much more involved in the project he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and other hands namely [[PoliceAcademy [[Film/PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes. ** A more beneficial benign example happened (although it's not completely beneficial so much as lesser of two evils): The entire Mind Evaporator sequence was originally intended to be quite explicitly a porn tape. However, it was toned down in order to meet CBS's censorship standards, although the implications of what the Mind Evaporator actually was are still present.
20th Dec '14 9:08:14 PM AnotherGuy
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Let's just say this part of the ''StarWars'' saga hasn't aged nearly as well as the original trilogy. Basically, if you ever doubted that ''Star Wars'' began in TheSeventies...this should prove it. Conclusively. ** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it - and the special aired the same day that Richard Kampiles was arrested for treason for being a spy for Soviet Russia.
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