Awful Puppets: A NonPro Advent Calendar-December 24th


We are pleased to announce that this year’s advent calendar will feature something near and dear to all of our hearts during this holiday season: Horrible, awful, terrifying puppets and dolls!

We’ve come to the end of our 2011 Advent Calendar – and we’ve saved the worst for last.

Imagine poorly constructed puppets of a multitude of shapes, sizes, and styles. Grown men shoved awkwardly inside full body costumes that just don’t move right. Strange animation pieces cobbled together by confused sweatshop workers. And the simultaneous destruction of both traditional holiday values AND a beloved genre classic and you just might get a sample of what’s in store when you watch the…

…Star Wars Holiday Special

From Wikipedia:

The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American television special set in the Star Wars galaxy. It was one of the first official Star Wars spin-offs, and was directed by Steve Binder. The show was broadcast in its entirety only once, in the United States and Canada, November 17, 1978, on the U.S. television network CBS from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST), and on the Canadian television network CTV from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.

In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy (Later retconned to Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawarrump, respectively)…

And some notes on the special’s reception:

The special is notorious for its negative reception. Anthony Daniels, in a documentary promoting the worldwide tour of Star Wars: In Concert, notes with a laugh that the Star Wars universe includes “The horrible Holiday Special that nobody talks about”. George Lucas did not have significant involvement with the film’s production, and was unhappy with the results. David Acomba, a classmate of Lucas’ at USC film school, had been selected to direct the special, but he chose to leave the project, a decision supported by Lucas.

The Star Wars Holiday Special has never been re-telecast or officially released on home video. It has therefore become something of a cultural legend, due to the “underground” quality of its existence. It has been viewed and distributed in off-air recordings made from its original telecast by fans, which were later adapted to content-sharing websites via the Internet.

Hilariously, there is even a section entitled regrets, were George Lucas spends equal time in the Anger and Denial stages of grief.

Whelp. That’s it. I certainly hope that watching this special doesn’t cause you too much grief in this season of short days and high suicide rates.

Merry Christmas Eve, Happy Holidays, and May the Force Be With You!

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