It’s an embarrassing story, but one that I am willing to share…
I was at a comic convention many years ago (that’s not the embarrassing bit) and it was pre-Internet explosion days. It was pre-Wikipedia and possibly even pre-IMDB (Internet Movie Database).
Off memory it was either when the first Star Wars prequels were being shot in Sydney (principal photography) or maybe when they were out here looking at the location or studio, but whatever the reason it was, some of the production people were on stage answering questions. I raised my hand and was picked to ask a question…
“I remember when I was really young watching a Star Wars television special and off memory it had something to do with Christm…”
Before I could get the word “Christmas” out about two or three hundred nerdy people around me all sang out in chorus…
“Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Can you believe that it is 36 years ago today that it was first shown on television in the US?
With the school holidays exactly one month away tomorrow I am looking at things to do with our eldest on those days when my wife works and the youngest will be at preschool (our preschool doesn’t have a summer holiday break because it’s also a long day care). I was four when I first saw the original Star Wars back in 1978 and I don’t know whether the Star Wars Holiday Special was shown that year or the following year in Australia, but I can distinctively remember sitting on the floor at my family home and watching Chewbacca hanging out with his family.
And now that my first born son is six years old I’m sure that he will be old enough to watch the first six movies with me (I can’t believe we can actually say “first six movies” with the final trilogy of “the trilogy of trilogies” on their way).
According to Wikipedia, the Star Wars Holiday Special has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video and that’s a real shame because I would love to see it again and relive the magic of this with my sons. Maybe one day.
Until then, it’s going to be us watching the originals (Episode IV through to VI) followed by the prequels (Episode I through to III) in anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) which is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015. And fingers crossed that’s the international release date so us Australians don’t have to wait three months after all my overseas friends and family get to see it.