History YMMV / TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial

29th Jan '16 7:21:40 AM dsneybuf
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* {{Squick}}: Elderly Wookiee Itchy looks like he's masturbating to holographic alien porn, which is completely wrong and disgusting no matter how far away your galaxy is. He's also watching it ''in the middle of his living room'', in front of his daughter-in-law and '''[[HarmfulToMinors grandson]]'''. Worse yet, this is apparently a common enough occurrence that they don't even bother commenting on it. ** Even worse... this is exactly how the writers and producer ''wanted'' it to come across. [[SarcasmMode Merry Christmas, children!]] And they would have made it more explicit if not for one of the few necessary instances of ExecutiveMeddling.
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* {{Squick}}: Elderly Wookiee Itchy looks like he's masturbating to holographic alien porn, which is completely wrong and disgusting no matter how far away your galaxy is. He's also watching it ''in the middle of his living room'', in front of his daughter-in-law and '''[[HarmfulToMinors grandson]]'''. Worse yet, this is apparently a common enough occurrence that they don't even bother commenting on it. ** it. Even worse... this is exactly how the writers and producer ''wanted'' it to come across. [[SarcasmMode Merry Christmas, children!]] And they would have made it more explicit if not for one of the few necessary instances of ExecutiveMeddling.
29th Jan '16 7:21:22 AM dsneybuf
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* BizarroEpisode: The special is this, mostly, in the larger context of the ''Star Wars'' canon. Also to George Lucas and other cast members, who do their best to pretend this never happened. ** On the bright side, though, it's not canon anymore since Disney's ruling on the Expanded Universe.
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* BizarroEpisode: The special is this, mostly, in the larger context of the ''Star Wars'' canon. Also to George Lucas and other cast members, who do their best to pretend this never happened. ** happened. On the bright side, though, it's not canon anymore since Disney's ruling on the Expanded Universe.

* EnsembleDarkHorse: The animated segment served as the introduction of Boba Fett, the biggest ensemble darkhorse of ''Franchise/StarWars'' in general.
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* EnsembleDarkHorse: EnsembleDarkHorse: ** The animated segment served as the introduction of Boba Fett, the biggest ensemble darkhorse of ''Franchise/StarWars'' in general.

* FanonDiscontinuity: If there's one thing all fans and creators of ''Star Wars'' can agree on, it's that this thing ''never fucking happened''. Of all the things that Lucas himself declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]], well before The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm, ''Holiday Special'' was the only one that didn't contradict the "big three" films[[note]]Technically it was listed as "Secondary canon", which despite the name was the fourth level of canonicity, as low as you could go without being outright non-canon. "Secondary canon" is to be "used or ignored as suits the author". Basically the ''Holiday Special'' was adopted as canon by way of BroadStrokes, where Luke, Han, and Leia all came to visit Chewie's family on Life Day, but they most certainly ''did not take part in a crappy variety show as they did so!''[[/note]]. It was also very deliberately excluded from the Disney canon despite George Lucas directing part of it.
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* FanonDiscontinuity: If there's one thing all fans and creators of ''Star Wars'' can agree on, it's that this thing ''never fucking happened''. Of all the things that Lucas himself declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]], well before The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm, ''Holiday Special'' was the only one that didn't contradict the "big three" films[[note]]Technically Original Trilogy[[note]]Technically it was listed as "Secondary canon", which despite the name was the fourth level of canonicity, as low as you could go without being outright non-canon. "Secondary canon" is to be "used or ignored as suits the author". Basically the ''Holiday Special'' was adopted as canon by way of BroadStrokes, where Luke, Han, and Leia all came to visit Chewie's family on Life Day, but they most certainly ''did not take part in a crappy variety show as they did so!''[[/note]]. It was also very deliberately excluded from the Disney canon despite George Lucas directing part of it.

* JustHereForGodzilla: People who watch the special unironically watch it for the animated sequence.
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* JustHereForGodzilla: People who watch the special unironically un-ironically watch it for the animated sequence.

* MemeticMutation: "Fighting the frizzies at 11."
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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation: ** "Fighting the frizzies at 11."

* {{Misblamed}}: Some fans blame Creator/GeorgeLucas for the quality of this, but in reality he had very little involvement due to filming ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' at the time. In fact, Lucas had one of his trusted former USC classmates installed as the initial director in order to make sure that the special would be at least somewhat faithful to the original film. Unfortunately, Lucas' favored director quit after disagreements with the producers and Creator/{{CBS}} replaced him with the guy that would go on to produce ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''. The results speak for themselves. ** According to writer Bruce Vilanch, however, the idea of the special focusing on Chewie's family, and ''not'' including subtitles, was all on Lucas. ** According to Pat Proft, Lucas signed off on ''everything'', which is believable due to Lucas being a ControlFreak.
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* {{Misblamed}}: Some fans blame Creator/GeorgeLucas for the quality of this, but in reality he had very little involvement due to filming ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' at the time. In fact, Lucas had one of his trusted former USC classmates installed as the initial director in order to make sure that the special would be at least somewhat faithful to the original film. Unfortunately, Lucas' favored director quit after disagreements with the producers and Creator/{{CBS}} replaced him with the guy that would go on to produce ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''. The results speak for themselves. ** themselves. According to writer Bruce Vilanch, however, the idea of the special focusing on Chewie's family, and ''not'' including subtitles, was all on Lucas. ** Lucas. According to Pat Proft, Lucas signed off on ''everything'', which is believable due to Lucas being a ControlFreak.

* OneSceneWonder: While the premise was as silly as the rest of it, Bea Arthur's performance as the cantina owner is actually a bit moving. Sadly, it doesn't save the rest of the thing's horribleness.
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* OneSceneWonder: OneSceneWonder: ** While the premise was as silly as the rest of it, Bea Arthur's performance as the cantina owner is actually a bit moving. Sadly, it doesn't save the rest of the thing's horribleness.
14th Jan '16 3:21:03 AM KhlavKalash
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** "It's not the end, friend, if you're a friend, friend, then you'll come back to me soon...."
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** "It's not the end, friend, if you're a friend, friend, then you'll come back to me soon....soon..."

** Mark Hamil was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example. The make-up needed to cover his scars made him look like a [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Ken]] Doll.
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** Mark Hamil Creator/MarkHamill was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example. The make-up needed to cover his scars made him look like a [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Ken]] Doll.
9th Jan '16 5:34:37 PM mlsmithca
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TRS voted to axe Parvum Opus.
* ParvumOpus: Of the entire ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise; it's the only part of it, apart from maybe the Ewok cartoon, to be exiled from canon prior to Creator/{{Disney}} taking control of the franchise; it's also the ParvumOpus of the entries in ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' due to landing in that book's #1 slot, being deemed "The worst two hours of television".
9th Jan '16 3:37:41 PM Josef5678
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** Mark Hamil was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example. The make-up needed to cover his scars made him look like a Ken Doll.
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** Mark Hamil was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example. The make-up needed to cover his scars made him look like a Ken [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Ken]] Doll.
9th Jan '16 7:55:56 AM AdamC
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* EarWorm: "Stir-whip, stir-whip, whip-whip-stir!"
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* EarWorm: EarWorm: ** "Stir-whip, stir-whip, whip-whip-stir!"whip-whip-stir!" ** "It's not the end, friend, if you're a friend, friend, then you'll come back to me soon...."

** Mark Hamil was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example.
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** Mark Hamil was still recovering from a car accident that required extensive facial surgery, so he ends up a rare live-action human actor example. The make-up needed to cover his scars made him look like a Ken Doll.
7th Jan '16 5:03:47 AM Redmess
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Yes, that sequence was actually meant to be softcore porn that could pass the radar... This is why Lucas wants to forget
* MemeticMolester: Itchy has been reinterpreted as a particularly disturbing DirtyOldMan thanks to that odd porn-esque video he watches.
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* MemeticMolester: Itchy has been reinterpreted as a particularly disturbing DirtyOldMan thanks to that odd porn-esque soft-core porn video he watches.
6th Jan '16 9:08:14 PM Pren
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* HilariousInHindsight: One of the few things that isn't hilarious ''[[SoBadItsGood anyway]]'' Itchy's "Holographic ''Wow''" features a "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} proton pack]]". Yep, you might say "[[ADateWithRosiePalms bustin' makes him feel good]]."
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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight: ** One of the few things that isn't hilarious ''[[SoBadItsGood anyway]]'' Itchy's "Holographic ''Wow''" features a "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} proton pack]]". Yep, you might say "[[ADateWithRosiePalms bustin' makes him feel good]]."" ** Han's infamous stretched face in the animated segment became even funnier when in the sequel trilogy [[spoiler:his son was played by the long-faced Adam Driver.]]
2nd Jan '16 5:51:29 PM jameygamer
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* FanonDiscontinuity: If there's one thing all fans and creators of ''Star Wars'' can agree on, it's that this thing ''never fucking happened''. Of all the things that Lucas himself declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]], ''Holiday Special'' was the only one that didn't contradict the "big three" films[[note]]Technically it was listed as "Secondary canon", which despite the name was the fourth level of canonicity, as low as you could go without being outright non-canon. "Secondary canon" is to be "used or ignored as suits the author". Basically the ''Holiday Special'' was adopted as canon by way of BroadStrokes, where Luke, Han, and Leia all came to visit Chewie's family on Life Day, but they most certainly ''did not take part in a crappy variety show as they did so!''[[/note]]. It was also very deliberately excluded from the Disney canon despite George Lucas directing part of it.
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* FanonDiscontinuity: If there's one thing all fans and creators of ''Star Wars'' can agree on, it's that this thing ''never fucking happened''. Of all the things that Lucas himself declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]], well before The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm, ''Holiday Special'' was the only one that didn't contradict the "big three" films[[note]]Technically it was listed as "Secondary canon", which despite the name was the fourth level of canonicity, as low as you could go without being outright non-canon. "Secondary canon" is to be "used or ignored as suits the author". Basically the ''Holiday Special'' was adopted as canon by way of BroadStrokes, where Luke, Han, and Leia all came to visit Chewie's family on Life Day, but they most certainly ''did not take part in a crappy variety show as they did so!''[[/note]]. It was also very deliberately excluded from the Disney canon despite George Lucas directing part of it.
1st Jan '16 4:38:42 PM Tuckerscreator
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* UncannyValley: Han Solo's cartoon representation. He almost looks like Mick Jagger. ** ''Melting'' Mick Jagger to be exact.
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* UncannyValley: UncannyValley: ** Han Solo's cartoon representation. He almost looks like Mick Jagger. ** Jagger. ''Melting'' Mick Jagger to be exact.
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