On November 17, 1978, a special so special that it became the “tradition that won’t die” aired on CBS (in the US). The Star Wars Holiday Special is notorious for its odd sketches, awkward acting, and all-around WTF moments (Diahann Carroll’s musical seduction of Chewbacca’s father is a permanent resident in my head). But it is also where one of the most popular Star Wars characters, Boba Fett, was introduced. The animated short, “The Story of the Faithful Wookie” is one of the few bright spots in the special and is the only segment available on Disney Plus. And with Boba Fett getting his own series on Disney Plus this December, a lot more attention will be paid to the short.
There is another thing from the Star Wars Holiday Special that has become increasingly present in Star Wars content: Life Day. A generic Star Wars universe holiday that can be projected on any Winter holiday in our world, Life Day has been a true gift to Disney. And what started out as a cringe-inducing television special sparked a holiday mine that Disney is exploiting to its full potential.