How the Star Wars Holiday Special has influenced the formal canon
While the Star Wars Holiday Special is infamously famous as a piece of hot garbage derided by most viewers, thanks to its modern availability on the internet, it has become a bit of a cult film.
And it’s Boba Fett
that brings us here today.
features this rifle, and yep, it looks like it was inspired by the one Fett used in the Special.
The show also makes a reference to Life Day.
Did you spy it yet? Yes, the style of that weapon is remarkably similar to that which the Special Edition
Take for example the plot point about Chewbacca. Chewie is returning home to visit his family for Life Day on the planet of Kyshkkk.
You may recognise that name as it was featured in the Revenge of the Sith. Yes, the name of Chewie’s planet was taken from the Holiday Special.
The original designs for the Special featured the Wookie homes in the trees which I think was inspired by the work of concept designer Ralph McQuarrie
. These elements eventually made their way into the Ewok
tree village in Jedi and the Revenge of the Sith.
Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk
The Han Solo movie took things a step further when Chewbacca introduced himself to Han.
Han: “So what’s your name?”
Chewbacca: “Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk”
And where does that name Attichitcuk come from? Yes, it is Chewie’s father in the special.
The influence of the Special also extends to the Clone Wars television series.
In The Mandalore Plot episode of 2010, the elongated Mandalorian helmets are based on Boba Fett’s cartoon version.
The version of C-3PO on the 2001 Star Wars: Clone Wars was animated in a style that paid homage to the animation style of C-3PO in the Special.
The Book of Boba Fett also makes a reference to the Mythosaur Boba rode in the cartoon segment of the Special: