History Trivia / TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial

13th Nov '17 7:15:32 AM DynamiteXI
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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 William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a 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. Not that the other commercials (Union-made underwear! Ma Bell! Fake-wood paneled Mercury station wagons!) are any less dated. The special also aired the same night [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kampiles William Kampiles]] was arrested for espionage and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev admitted the Soviet Union had tested a neutron bomb (in violation of a treaty) but never put it into production.

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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 William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a high-profile case. it. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... 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. Not that the other commercials (Union-made underwear! Ma Bell! Fake-wood paneled Mercury station wagons!) are any less dated. dated.
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The special also aired the same night [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kampiles William Kampiles]] was arrested sentenced for espionage espionage, and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev admitted the Soviet Union had tested a neutron bomb (in violation of a treaty) but never put it into production.
24th Oct '17 3:01:12 PM Josef5678
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24th Oct '17 2:59:54 PM Josef5678
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*** A bit of grim [[TheSeventies 1970s]] Trivia: The {{Jonestown}} mass-murder/suicides in Guyana happened the next day.
24th Oct '17 12:14:38 PM SpukiKitty
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*** A bit of grim 1970s Trivia: The Jonestown mass-murder/suicides in Guyana happened the next day.

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*** A bit of grim 1970s [[TheSeventies 1970s]] Trivia: The Jonestown {{Jonestown}} mass-murder/suicides in Guyana happened the next day.
24th Oct '17 12:10:51 PM SpukiKitty
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*** A bit of grim 1970s Trivia: The Jonestown mass-murder/suicides in Guyana happened the next day.
15th Oct '17 3:19:33 PM ClintEastwood
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The special was called "Stjärnornas krig och fred" ("Star Wars and Peace") when it aired in Sweden.



* PropRecycling: The large white rat suit in the Cantina scene was made for ''The Food of the Gods''.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Creator/BeaArthur claimed she only appeared in this special because her youngest was a big fan of ''Franchise/StarWars''.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The special was supposed to segue into ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but unfortunately the only part of the special that got it right was the animated segment.

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The special was supposed to segue into ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but unfortunately the only part of the special that got it right was the animated segment.segment.
** According to David Acomba, he recommended Creator/RobinWilliams for the special but the producers turned him down.
13th Oct '17 10:09:16 PM BeastC
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** Apparently, Creator/CarrieFisher puts it on when she wants everyone in a party to leave.


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** Creator/MarkHamill is aware of how bad the special is, but thinks it's fascinating enough and worth it to release it on home video.
6th Oct '17 6:49:00 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The special seems to be this for the ''entire'' television network, and in the 39 years since its original broadcast has yet to ever re-air again on public television.

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** The Creator/{{CBS}} themselves also seem to be ashamed of it; they have never rerun the special seems to be this for the ''entire'' television network, and in the 39 years since its original broadcast has yet to ever re-air again on public television. first airing.
27th Sep '17 12:50:11 PM WarioBarker
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* The special landed in the #1 spot in David Hofstede's 2004 book ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory''.
* The uncredited announcer who introduces the cast near the beginning is GameShow host Art James.
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* This infamous TV film landed in the No. 1 spot in David Hofstede's book ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory''.

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* This infamous TV film landed in the No. 1 spot in David Hofstede's book ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory''.
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23rd Sep '17 2:19:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FanNickname: The Imperial guard who takes a groomer away from Saun Dann is known as ''[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Lord Helmet]]'', due to their similar outfits.

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* FanNickname: The Imperial guard who takes a groomer away from Saun Dann is known as ''[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Lord Helmet]]'', Helmet]]", due to their similar outfits.
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