“Star Wars Holiday Special” was ridiculous marriage of the future of filmmaking and the past of TV variety shows. As kids we were so excited to get more Star Wars at our own home! Now that I think of it, we went from seeing the movie in theater to watching the seeing the special on a little black and white TV!
Here’s the special and below an oral history and more background.
You’ve been warned.It’s the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. It made us all sad. Watch it here.
Mental Floss has a great oral history of how the special came to be. Very worth reading. Here are a couple of highlights of the special’s low lights…
With a budget of roughly $1 million—the 1977 film cost $11 million—The Star Wars Holiday Special began filming in Burbank, California in the summer of 1978 with a script that had been heavily revised by variety show veterans Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren, and Mitzie Welch to reflect the Smith-Hemion style of bombastic musical numbers and kitsch. Chewbacca was now trying to race home in time for “Life Day,” with his family watching interstellar musical interludes and comedic sketches—like a four-armed Julia Child parody—on a video screen.
Frank Conniff (MST3K) & Eric Szyszka (“We Hate Movies”) join Adam Spiegelman (“Proudly Resents”) join the podcrawl with the third Star Wars prequel. Listen for the action, the humor and the completion!
What is “Podcrawl?” It’s three bad movie podcasts reviewing the three crappy Star Wars prequels in order. Read it and Weep did “Star Wars 1: Getting ready for Disappointment.” The Flop House did “Star Wars 2: Fool me Once…” Now we’re doing “Star Wars 3: Third Time’s a Charm.”
With special appearances from Rob Parvonian, Janine Britto and Keith Malley.
Robert Pritchard star of The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke’em High gives us behind the scenes stories about the making of the classic Troma films. Plus his cameo in the remake of “Return to Nuke’em High.”
Then a BONUS – More from Keith & The Girl. I tell the story of the time I went to Michael Jackson’s estate for Joe Jackson’s birthday.
Listen to an interview with the stars of Return to Nuke’m High.
Listen to an interview with the director Lloyd Kaufman
The King of TV (Paul Goebel) and the VP of Schlock (Adam Spiegelman) talk about movies that became TV shows, great cult shows and other TV related business. I don’t know what else to say. Paul is a great guy and this is a fun episode. Enjoy!
Is announcer Shadoe Stevens the new Rambo? Would George Lucas let a 50 seat theater do a live version of “Star Wars?” First we talk about “Traxx” the comedy/action film that’s on the top of our all time best/worst. Stevens plays a mercenary who just wants to make cookies. Then we talk to director of “Star Wars Live” an authorized stage version of the movie that started it all.
(Look below to see how to see it live!)Jan-Michael Vincent stars in “Alienator” a no budget “Terminator” rip off. J-MV sends a female body builder with a “Phantom Of the Opera” mask and a heavy metal freight wig to Earth to capture an escape space criminal. Cheap lasers, not so special, special effects, bad acting and a certain slurring Airwolf makes this a must see/listen to. “Horrible Movie Night” producer Jon Mathot and “Retro Radio Live” co-host Eric “Danger” Nyenhuis join host Adam Spiegelman.