The LEGO animation team is hoping to redeem the name “Star Wars Holiday Special” with its era-hopping adventure. The first reviews landed online yesterday, suggesting (on the whole) that it’s managed that near-impossible feat.
The 44-minute animated special involves Rey and BB-8 travelling through time and space, interacting with the Star Wars saga’s most iconic scenes and characters. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Disney+ (or borrow someone’s login! We’re not judging) to catch the full thing.
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special features a top-tier voice cast, including Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, and Kelly Marie Tran – all of whom have reprised their on-screen roles. They’re joined by names that will be familiar to Clone Wars fans, including James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Tom Kane as Yoda and Dee Bradley Baker as the Clone Troopers.
If you need any more convincing to give this Holiday Special a go, Anthony Daniels says it’s ‘negated [his] earlier memories‘ of the original 1978 show. That’s solid praise: the first Star Wars Holiday Special is so poor that George Lucas may or may not have expressed a desire to smash every copy with a hammer.
Rey and droid pal BB-8 head off on a quest to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force, but their visit to a mysterious Jedi Temple sends them careening through time and space. Rey interacts with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and other characters in some of the franchise’s most beloved moments, as they try to return in time for a Life Day feast with her friends on Chewbacca’s Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk.