by Beth Keating
November 9, 2020
The Star Wars crew will be celebrating Life Day in an upcoming holiday special… and somewhere in the universe, George Lucas just broke out in a sweat. Fear not, George, it’s not the dreaded and embarrassing 1970s holiday special that you’ve tried to bury so deep that no one can ever see it again (though if you try really hard, you can sometimes find it on YouTube…just sayin’.) Either way, I’m guessing George “has a bad feeling about this,” seeing the words Star Wars and Holiday Special linked in the same sentence.
This time around, it’s a LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, set to debut on Disney+ on November 17. Ironically, it’s the same date that the original special aired in 1978, and the good folks at LEGO and Disney+ certainly give a wink and a nod to their predecessor. (For those who may not be familiar with it, Life Day is the Star Wars’ version of a winter holiday celebration, originally celebrated on the Wookiees’ home planet of Kashyyyk.)
Star Wars fans of the live action, Lego and animated varieties will have a lot to unpack. The new trailer alone is crammed full of Easter Eggs from all generations of the movies, the new Mandalorian series, the Clone Wars animated show, and more. Oh, and it’s all enacted by pint-sized LEGO characters, with their usual humor and quirkiness, and enough crossovers to keep the action interesting. (And you thought Avengers: Endgame was the crossover to end all crossovers…)
Disney tells us, “‘The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special’ reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day. Rey sets off on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious Jedi Temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history, coming into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan and other iconic heroes and villains from all nine Skywalker saga films. But will she make it back in time for the Life Day feast and learn the true meaning of holiday spirit?”
If you are a fan of the LEGO brand of tongue-in-cheek storytelling, pour yourself a glass of blue milk, round up some holiday cookies, and gather the family. This might just become an annual tradition.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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