Holiday Special Canon?
In 1978 George Lucas gave CBS the ok to make the Star Wars: Holiday Special. What could go wrong? With stars like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, this holiday special was to be like no other in this galaxy. Well the Holiday Special was like no other and because of its uniqueness Lucasfilm tried to distance themselves as far away from it as they could.
With Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out on digital and Blu-ray this month, it gave us a few sneak peeks into the movie with its special features. Well these features gave the Star Wars: Holiday Special fans the canon tie-in they have been waiting for. We get a look at the Solo script that has a reference to Chewbacca’s father Attichitcuk, from the Holiday Special.
When Chewbacca introduces himself to Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story we only hear him in his native tongue. Well, according to the script, Chewie introduced himself as, “Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuck”. We were first introduced to Chewbacca’s father and family in the Star Wars: Holiday Special. He was also brought up a few times in the Star Wars: Expanded Universe novels.
The plot of the Holiday Special is focused around Chewbacca’s family. They are waiting for him to return home for Life Day. Well of course Chewbacca and Han Solo run into issues and prevent him from getting home in time. Here is the story-line write up on IMDB.
It is Life Day, a holiday that is celebrated on Chewbacca’s home planet of Kashyyyk. Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get to the planet where Chewie’s family is waiting for him, but the Empire is out searching for the rebels, giving everyone a hard time. While we are waiting, we get a look at the everyday life of a Wookiee family. We meet all the familiar characters from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and we are introduced to Boba Fett during a short cartoon. We also pay a visit to the Cantina and meet all the monsters again.
Other canon tie-ins
Despite Lucasfilm trying to forget about the Star Wars: Holiday Special, Attichitcuck wasn’t the first Holiday Special character that has been made into cannon. We were first introduced to Boba Fett in a cartoon clip during the Holiday Special, who then appeared in the Empire Strikes Back. Bartender Ackmena, played by Bea Arthur was also brought into canon. Ackmena was reintroduced in the Star Wars book From A Certain Point Of View.
Who knows what we will get next from the Holiday Special. Maybe one day we will get it released on Blu-ray with an Ackmena Black Series special edition figure. Until then we will have to keep watching it on YouTube or the VHS we recorded it on. What did you think of the Star Wars: Holiday Special? Leave us a comment or hit me up on Twitter @starwarsnerd574 and make sure to use #thathashtagshow in your comment.