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LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special - DisneyPlus

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If you love Star Wars then you will love this family-friendly holiday special from DisneyPlus! In this episode of Podflix & Chill, Andrew talks about his favorite moments, the forgettable 1978 Holiday Special and the genius marketing campaign from Disney/Star Wars/LEGO. Be sure to subscribe to stay tuned for new episodes every Thursday!

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...stories of the Life Day celebration itself online. It was originally celebrated every three years and then it became an annual tradition, but the general consensus is that it is essentially the wookie version of Christmas. Now they do have these like weird red life day robes, which I guess you could equate to either like our ugly Christmas sweaters or like matching family pajamas. But outside of that it's very Christmas ee. The original special received a lot, a lot of bad press over the past forty two years and having watched it in preparation for the Lego special, I have to agree with every bad thing that's been said about it. It was entirely cheesy, entirely can't be and you can find it for free on Youtube. It's an hour and a half. So if you if you've got an hour and a half to kill and you want to like get your mind sucked out through your through your nose or your eyeballs or whatever, watch it. That said, it did introduce the character of Boba Fette to the Star Wars Universe, so that was fun and outside of that it really didn't do anything productive for Star Wars. It takes place between episode four and episode five. We see Leia sing a life day themed song over the Star Wars theme song, which was an odd choice to me, but I digress. So the Lego Star Wars holiday special a lot more fun, a lot more engaging. It is a family friendly thing and it's only forty seven minutes, so it's half the run time of the original special. That said, there aren't a lot of references to the special other than the release date and the fact that they're returning to Kashik to celebrate life day and they're waiting...

...for CHEWBACCA's family. Now, while they don't reference Chewbacca's family by name, when the Lego characters appear, for those who have seen in the nineteen seventy eight special, you'll recognize chewy's wife Mala, his father itchy and his son lumpy. They are all they all look like their original characters from the nineteen seventy eight special. So I thought that was cool. But again, outside of that there's no real references to the original special. Now what we do see is that this takes place after the rise of skywalker. Everybody's gathered together. Poe is way too excited about life day celebrations. He's got his bb a ugly Christmas sweater on. He's like super pumped about decorations and cooking and all this other stuffy like wants to have the best life day ever. Ray, on the other hand, is getting really frustrated because she feels that she is not being a good teacher. To fin she just can't figure out how to be a good Jedi master. She's read all the ancient texts and she just doesn't get it. So she goes off on an adventure to it nearby gentle Jedi temple to figure out how to become a better teacher. While they're she discovers a key that sends her back in time or forward in time to a bunch of different star wars moments throughout history. So did Disney just confirmed time travel is possible in the Star Wars Universe because, as we know, they say everything after their acquisition of Lucas Film in two thousand and fourteen is cannon, and this is very obviously after two thousand and fourteen. So are we going to start seeing time travel in Star Wars? I don't know. What do you guys think? Let me know. So anyway, she goes through all these different these different times in Star Wars history and it's a lot,...

...a lot of fun. I have a breakdown of pretty much everywhere she goes. And what's really cool about the key itself is when she uses it she has to spin it in sort of this like circular motion and it opens up a portal and it looks so much like Doctor Strange's slang rings. So if you're familiar with the avengers or doctor strange, you'll know what I'm talking about, and I'm sure it was done intentionally because Disney owns both marvel and Lucasfilm, so it was probably intentional. But any WHO, here's a breakdown, a very quick breakdown, of the different places that we see ray travel. She first travels to Dagaba, where Yoda is training. Luke from empire strikes back. Then we see her jump into phantom menace right before OBI WAN and Quigon Jin are gassed at the beginning of the film, and I actually that was one of my top scenes from the movie because we see Obi Wan sort of banging his head against the table, going boring, boring, boring. Who Cares about trade disputes, right? And if that just doesn't sum up everybody's feelings about the phantom menace in the first five minutes, then I don't know what does. But from there she jumps into an elevator scene somewhere in revenge of the sith. Then she jumps into the death start attack run from a new hope right into Luke's cockpit in red five. So that's fun. From there we see your jump into return of the Jedi right before Darth vader heads down to collect luke from the enddoor moon. Now this scene becomes sort of the climax of the film because Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine see the portal and emperor palpatine sort of throws Darth vader into go after ray and a whole battle scene between ray and darth vader takes place Spanning Star Wars history. So again quick rundown of those scenes we've got. They visit the battle of...

...hoth and empire strikes back. Then they visit the battle of Moostafar revenge of the sith. Then they make a special guest appearance at the end of season one of the Mandalorian so we see Mando and the assassin droid ig eighty eight fending off some storm troopers and as ray and Darth vader sort of falling through the sky, they turn they see baby Yoda and they were like Oh oh, that's so cute and then they continue on their fight. So from there they hit the pod racing scene in phantom menace. They hit I can't tell if it's the clone wars animated series or attack of the clones but we see to clone troopers on speeders and they are voiced by the one and only D Bradley Baker, who, if you seen clone wars and you've seen rebels, you know he voices the clones in all those series. So that was cool. From there they go into the rise of skywalker, the very end with the scith fleet being attacked by the the new republic, and then it ends with them landing on tattooing, right at the beginning of new hope, where Luke comes out and he stares at the twin suns. Now I liked this moment because throughout their battle, right throughout ray and Darth vader battling, they seem to be collecting all these star wars figures throughout time and it reminded me very much of bill and Ted's excellent adventure where they're going through and they're collecting all these historical figures for their history report at the end of the film. Right. That's very much what this seemed like. So they land on the desert plains of tattooing and Luke is looking out over the Dune Sea at the twin suns. He's drinking a carton of blue milk and as he pulls it away he's got a blue milk mustache, which apparently is a running gag in...

Lego, but we have in this scene we see like four different Luke skywalkers, we see three OBI Wan Kenobi's, we see two Hans Solos and a darth Maul with no legs. Sorry, I had to put that in there. It's a holiday special, come on. But it was really cool because you get the the two Han soulos arguing over who's going to shoot Grito first, you see the three Obi Wan Kenobe's all going Oh, hello that, and then you have darth Maul yelling canobe. So anyway, epic good versus Evil Battle Continues and Ray and Darth vader continue about their time hopping sort of adventure battle thing. DARTH vader gets his hand on the keys and takes it to emper palpatine from return of the Jedi and they decide to hop into the future. So this is where we get to see Darth vader and number palpatine interact with a shirtless kilo wren who hums his own theme song as he's introduced, which I laughed out loud at because when I first saw the force away in two thousand and fifteen. My Fiance Hannah took me as a birthday gift, so we went. It was the first star wars film she had ever seen and we go and we see it. I'm like in love because you know, Star Wars is back after however many years, and a few months after seeing the film we're walking into target and you know how target has the automated sliding doors. Well, Hannah walks into the target doors pushing her hands open like she's using the force, and as she does so, she starts humming the kilo rent theme song. I'm like, what are you humming? And she's like, are you serious? That's a Kylo rent theme. I'm like what? And I kid you not, like it was the kilo rent...

...theme and she had picked up on it before I had. And I'm like a die hard star wars fan, a diehard like music appreciation fan, and she had caught on to something after watching her first ever star wars film that I hadn't caught on to. So this scene just kind of made me chuckle a little bit more than it should have, but it was still it was fun. But let's jump back to the Millennium Falcon on Kashi because while while rays doing all this stuff, po is still really trying to kick off the Best Life Day party ever and he feels like it's turning into a disaster. So Finnin rose help him set it up by getting all these other star wars characters to show up. So we have Max Rebo who, if you guys are unfamiliar, is the Blue Elephant from job is palace who plays like the keyboards. We have him show up. We have Lando Calrissian, voiced by the one and only Billy D Williams, making his return as Lando. We also have Mas Canada from the new trilogy. And what I thought was really cool was there was such a mixture of like actual actors reprising their roles as well as actual voice actors reprising their roles for this special. So we had de Bradley Baker as the clones, which I had mentioned, we had Billy d Williams as Lando, the actual actress who portrays rose in the new trilogy, Kelly Marie Tran. She voiced rose, and we have the OGE Anthony Daniels, reprising seat three perio yet again. And then we had a bunch of the the animated series cast. So we had clone wars Anakin and clone wars Obiwan reprise their voice roles. So that's Matt Matt lanter and James Arnold Taylor respectively. They came back for the special. The the guy who voices all of the Lego Emperor Palpatine's. He voiced emperor palpatine and the guy who...

...voiced vader has apparently done it twelve different times for different movies, video games, specials, things like that. So he's probably one of the most prolific voice actors to do Vader, although James Earl Jones is the goat. But I thought that was really cool. They even make a throw a jar jar banks reference and pose worried that the life day party is going to be worse than a jar jar banks Senate speech. So jars are still remains the butt of most of the Star Wars jokes after all these years. What I really liked about the specialty is that it's just good clean family fun, right. So like, obviously ray has this whole battle with Darth vader. They throw in return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker and I believe the last Jedi, Kilo Wren and there's this epic battle scene on the death star. Good triumphs over evil, ray sets everything right again, all is good in the world, and then she realizes that, you know, the the skills that she had to be a good teacher all along were there. She just needs to be a good friend and accept fin and help him rather than try to be his master. So, you know, really cheesy ending there, but that's pretty much the only cheese that we had in the film versus, you know, an hour and a half of it from one thousand nine hundred and seventy eight. So so I'll take this special over the original special any day. In addition to Kylo Ren humming his own theme, one of my favorite moments and of course, the Obiwan trade dispute thing. One of my favorite moments came when ray first goes back to Dagaba and Luke is being trained by Yoda. Yoda tells them to pull the x wing out of the swamp and he's like okay, I'll try, and Yoda's like no, do or do not, there is no try, Luke says, well, you know, isn't?...

Isn't trying kind of like a good thing, like shouldn't? I actually try and Yoda says participation trophies for Jedi there are not, and I may have found that moment funnier than I should have. So I might have cracked up just a little too hard at it, but that was probably one of my favorite moments. So top three, I'm going to go Yoda and participation trophies, obiwan trade dispute and Kylo Ren humming his own theme music. Those are probably my top three moments from this show. But I also really enjoyed the marketing campaign. So if anybody knows who did the marketing campaign for this holiday special, tell me. I want to shake their hand. In addition to the sort of traditional star wars poster that we get with all the characters against the space backdrop, we had three specific holiday themed posters, the first of which was probably my favorite. It was a red backdrop with a Lego hand tied with some ribbon and it said to Luke from your father and wow, like that's something you can only get away with if your lego right, because if it was a live action special that might not have played out so well, but the fact that it's Lego made it work incredibly. I even saw a what I think is a photoshop of that poster on Reddit which featured a Lego hand and Lego legs and it said to Darth vader from your old friend, and very obviously that's a reference to revenge of the side Obi Wan cuts off Anakin's legs and arm. So I chuckled it that. I thought that was funny. I don't think it's an officially sanctioned poster from Disney plus, though I'm going to go ahead and say it's not. But if it is, great, like I loved it. Um the the other, the other holiday theme posters, you know, featured a Lego stormtrooper with a death star...

...ornament and then to Lego lightsabers that kind of looked like Christmas tree lights. But the the hand was definitely my favorite overall. I'm going to give this special for out of five chill points. I would have liked to see more references to the Oge holiday special because I'm a a massochist like that and I really like cheesy can't be references, but I think there were plenty of fun moments, plenty of quality of references. I loved the voice talent on here and I think if you have a young star Wars Fan, this is a great thing to just sort of put on get you into the holiday spirit, and there's a lot of great references for the adults and for the parents who are who are lifetime star wars fans. I'm really excited for the Disney plus original Canobi series as well as the bad batch clone wars spinoff series that we're getting. I'm looking forward to both of those. I don't quite know when they're going to be released yet, though, so if anybody has any further information on that, please hit me up. I'm on Instagram and twitter at pod flicks and chill. That's pod flicks, the letter N and chill. Send me a message, drop me a comment if you know anything about the bad batch series or the CANOBI series. Let me know what you guys thought about this holiday special to and whether or not you think Disney actually just confirmed that time travel is possible in the Star Wars universe. I I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you stay notified for when I post new episodes of the podcast. I will most likely be doing a midway point recap for season two of the MANDALORIAN and I'll probably drop that within the next week or so, so be on the lookout for that if you're a Mandalorian Fan. And, yeah, just if you enjoy the show and if you enjoy the content that I'm putting out, share the...

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