The Empire Strikes Back is the better remembered Star Wars sequel, but it actually came after the television one-off Star Wars Holiday Special. The kitschy variety musical sci-fi hybrid starring Chewbacca’s family debuted on November 17, 1978 but disappointed Star Wars creator George Lucas and hasn’t aired since.
Taking inspiration from that infamous piece of Star Wars lore, The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special will debut on Disney+ on November 17. The animated special will hopefully have a less sedate pace than the original, as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron celebrate Life Day.
“We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original,” executive producer Josh Rimes told USA Today. As well as being a homage to the original, it is inspired by classic Christmas movies It’s a Wonderful Life, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Christmas Vacation.
Here is the synopsis shared in the article:
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.
The LEGO Star Wars animated specials and series are known for their tongue-in-cheek humour, which will be mined as different characters from different eras of the saga come together. “Life Day was an easy sell with Lego and ‘Star Wars’ because it gives you the license to be a little more playful and comedic,” Rimes said.