November 12, 2014 – In an ill-advised attempt to bask in the glow of the original Star Wars film, the creators of the widely panned Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) unleashed upon the public a 98-minute TV special. It was so poorly executed and received that the “special” was televised only once. Years later, Lucas said he wished that all copies could be destroyed. But too late: An editor has reduced the presentation to 15 minutes (still hard to watch), but here is the condensed version if you’ve never witnessed it:
And here is a synopsis from the editor of the video:The basic story goes Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. We are introduced to the ever hungry Star Wars cannon new elements such as the three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy (or Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawaroo, respectively) plus a four armed chef, a trumpet playing goblin in spandex, Beatrice Arthur and umm .. Jefferson Starship. Need we say more? I truly love this crazy thing and hope it can be shared to new generations of innocents who may not have seen it and can now appreciate it for the once in a lifetime television atrocity that it is now preserved forever in the international archives of the internet.
For diehard Star Wars fans and media historians, however, the awful and campy Star Wars Holiday Special evokes more than the usual groan. The T.V. production is a fascinating window into the public’s insatiable appetite for all things Star Wars-related and a look back at some now very famous actors in some very terrible skits and songs.
Here is the Ebay description: “This is the original and complete rainbow script from the Star Wars Holiday Special. It belongs to Miki Herman. She was the Production Consultant on the show…This auction includes everything in the black, heavy-duty binder. The binder itself is is in EXCELLENT condition. The binder and everything in it are over 35 years old. It has all been kept in pristine condition … Miki Herman was George Lucas’s ‘right hand’ in completing Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. It was her responsibility to follow George Lucas around from ILM dailies to the editing room and sound-mixing studio. She wrote down everything he said and was the liaison for the completion of the film. “
The binder includes the rainbow script, call sheets, the shooting schedule, a staff list, handwritten notes, doodles and changes to the script. The binder is approximately 224 pages. To view the Ebay listing or to make a bid, click HERE. The auction ends on Sunday, 16 November, 2014 at 8:22 PM PDT.