Unfortunately, after getting the green light for their story, management changed hands, and the screenwriters were forced to defend their ridiculous script to the new studio head -- like trying to recount a dream that had made sense while sleeping. Realizing that making a talking cat movie where the cat doesn't talk and the story is geared for adults didn't make sense, the script was rewritten for kids ... half-assedly, it seems. We're gonna go ahead and guess the movie's climax wouldn't involve Mr. Fuzzypants trying to stop his son from committing suicide if it had been intended as kiddie entertainment in the first place.
The Star Wars Holiday Special -- Fainting Actors, Han Solo's Creepy Secret, And Forgetting To Build An Important Set
If you're a Star Wars fan, or have ever celebrated a holiday, you were probably pretty offended by The Star Wars Holiday Special -- the now-legendary clusterfuck which sought to combine the characters of George Lucas' beloved space adventure with whatever 1970s celebrities weren't busy with Hollywood Squares that month. All to remind everyone that Star Wars was still a thing right before the Christmas shopping season.
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What The Hell Happened:
While George Lucas wasn't directly involved with the special, he did have some influence on the story. It was his idea to focus on Chewie returning to his home world of Kashyyyk, where his son is waiting for his deadbeat dad's annual visit. It was also his idea to have the show's opening feature the Wookie family squawking and growling with no subtitles whatsoever. Some of the writers understandably had concerns with that, but Lucas insisted "this is the story I want to tell." He also offered them some insights into his universe, according to one writer: "Lucas told us Han Solo was married to a Wookiee but that we couldn't mention that because it would be controversial." It seems Princess Leia is nothing but a beard.
He never said which Wookie, or that they ever got a divorce.
As for the filming of the special, that also seems to have been spectacularly half-assed. One writer took his child to the Cantina scene, only to find that the actors were passing out because someone forgot they needed to pump oxygen into their death trap costumes.
Being close to Bea Arthur was known to cause shortness of breath, too.
And when it came time for the show's finale, no one told the new director (the first one quit, for obvious reasons) that there was no set built for the climactic Life Day celebration ... and also, they had no money left. Which is why Kashyyyk suddenly goes from a forest planet to a Prince cover band's music video full of candles and dry ice.
But with slightly less backstage fucking.
And why were all the Wookie's wearing weird culty robes, you ask? Why make it look like Life Day's about to sharp left turn into ritual human sacrifice? Since the production had no money for a set, they also had no money for a bunch of Wookie costumes -- so they just stuck them all in robes and bought a crap-ton of Chewbacca Halloween masks. Throw in the fact that Carrie Fisher only agreed to do the show on the condition she got to sing, and it's a wonder Lucas didn't just burn down Skywalker Ranch for the insurance money at that point. Of course, all of this still doesn't explain why the there's a scene wherein Chewie's dad straps on an orgasm machine.
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