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Would A TRON Holiday Spcial Have Kicked THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL's Ass??


Merrick here...

Longtime STAR WARS fans may recall and revile a particularly dark moment in the franchise's history - THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL - from back in 1978.  

What's going on with Han's hands between 2:03 and 2:13?  Really, now that I think about it, that HOLIDAY SPECIAL kinda portends "The Prequels"  in many ways.  

Anyway, Funny Or Die has posted a TRON-themed riff on the same conceit.  And, as horrendous as a TRON Holiday Special probably would've been had one actually been made, this does make one imagine that the TRON Holiday Special probably might've worked out better than its STAR WARS counterpart.   Or, maybe not.

Thanks to our reader Brad for pointing us towards this...

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  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Star Wars still beats everything else

    by 1997-2011

    there would be no game without star wars

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by Kiera Knightley's Sexy Beanpole


  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Does spell-check not exist in the new AICN...?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by HeikiKyouryu

    Drew at Hitfix posted this ages ago.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    That....that was....

    by templesweeper

    ....I had never seen any of that Star Wars special before. While it was kind of cool seeing our favorite characters again after all these years....Blech.....I wish I hadn't. Did Lucas have anything to do with it? Even just approving it would be bad enough. I need to shower now.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    A Krull Holiday Special..

    by harrys_site_sucks

    would OWN that retched Star Wars one.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    and now some REAL news....

    by vetepalapinga

    I am very happy to inform you that reports of David O Russell casting Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake for the Uncharted movie are FALSE. Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond confirmed this in a recent interview with joystiq.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Why do I still have to re-log in every time I visit the site?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    freakin' amateur hour over here or something

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Nice to see the South Park Moses is still getting work.

    by Mike_D

    nice glowing dradle.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    You have to be redeemed first, redhead...

    by wtriker1701

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    This is old...

    by tensticks

    Saw it a few weeks ago. Still funny though. I hear Rip Taylor will do anything for a dollar. Literally. A dollar.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    YAY! Marky marky is out of uncharted!

    by 1997-2011

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    didnt David Russel punch Clooney in the dick area??

    by 1997-2011

    In three kings? makes sense why Marky Mark is afraid to do anything with that guy

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Tron's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.


  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I've only seen bits of this

    by James_Camera_On

    I' fine it unwatchable after a few minutes. I'm no Star Wars geek but this thing is just a travesty. My understanding is that Lucas was contractually obligated to do this and has over the years tried to destroy all copies and memories of the thing. Too late now. The notion that this anticipates the prequels is a good one. Replace the trader guy with Jar Jar and it might have worked at least as well as the Phantom Menace. I wonder what the 1978 SW holiday special's rating were? Is there a reason the holiday specials - movie tie-ins never caught on? We could have had the Transformers Megan Fox Holiday Special, the Avatar White Guilt Earthday Special, The Inception Dreaming of the Holidays Special. There seems to be no limit to the possibilities. Where did it go wrong?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, noon CST

    CHOPPAH's Top 10 Movies of 2010


    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    bit late but...

    by baronweazle

    This was posted over a week ago I think. But still I have to admit, it's the funniest fod short in quite awhile!!!! "Guys we gotta get the Tron back! Trooon!"

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    whats your top 10 Choppah??

    by 1997-2011

    Inception is there right?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Patton was right

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    You didn't see it? Here, I'll post it again.


    CHOPPAH's Top 10 Movies of 2010: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST



    Damn right. We should have built up the Germany army again and kept on plowing through Europe all way to Russia to knock those Commie bastards on their asses.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Yes, but what of the kiddie Ewok Adventure movies?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Just the thought of those make my teeth curdle...

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Portends The Prequels?

    by darthwaz1

    That's an idiot statement...Lucas didn't have anything to do w/the holiday special. How about ROJ?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Re: templesweeper

    by MrPoop

    Lucas had nothing to do with the SW Holiday Special and I read he told a fan in an autograph signing line that he would track down and destroy every copy of it if he had the time.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    saw that in io9 a month ago

    by jack black

    thank you aicn for being current with the events.jesus.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Kwanzaa >>>>> Tron "Holiday Special"

    by Darkknight37


  • Dec. 29, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Re: mrpoop

    by templesweeper

    That makes me feel a little better.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Late doesn't even enter into it

    by Superturd

    It's not even Christmas anymore, guys, everyone I know has already seen this vid. Upcoming headline: SERVER PROBLEMS FINALLY DE-COOL AINTITCOOL?!!!!

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    happy life day my ass

    by alienindisguise

    That special should be used as an interrogation weapon. Even the Fett 'toon sucks monkey nuts. The Holiday special does seem like it's Lucas directed though and will instill a hatred of Wookiees for anyone foolhardy enough to watch the entire show.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The Holiday Special is Like everything after Empire..

    by Cagliostro

    Made for kids. As a kid in 1978, lusting for anything Star Wars, it was the bomb. It can only be appreciated in that light. Glad that I saw it when it first aired, it'll always have fond memories.

  • Despite how much he Lucas the production, the HS is still canonical in the SW universe. One HS parallel to the prequels is how the droids are split up. 3PO is with Leia as he was with Padme, and R2 is with Luke as he was with Anakin. This is also basically true in TESB, but particularly in the HS we see 3PO working officially as a protocol droid in Leia's office, in his element very much as he was in ROTS. ROTS is also the only film to return to Chewie's planet as seen in the HS, and Ralph McQuarrie's illustrations for the HS were referenced.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Tron Holiday Special

    by bubcus

    got a chuckle out of me.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    cagliostro- all of SW is made for kids...

    by darthwaz1

    SW and Empire no exception... I know we older fans sometimes forget that, but I was born in 77 and my love of star wars comes from loving it as a kid. Star Wars and Empire have some depth but they aren't exactly Hitchcock movies..

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I guess AICN has been busy...

    by Keblar

    Too busy with other matters to have come across that as it's been crammed down our collective throats from facebook posts and every other outlet imaginable for the past 10 days, or at least to have bothered posting before now. I'm not one of the innumerable acerbic smarmy schadenfreudians that are too prolific on this site - REALLY I'm not - but if you miss a story, JUST LEAVE IT. Or at least acknowledge the tardiness and inability to help oneself from posting. Crawling up from behind just feels like lame ass 6 o'clock local news filler.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by web

    That excerpt from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special had me at "Dolly: Saturday at 7"...

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by Lucasblows

    ...better than the prequels.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    The Cartoon Saves the Special...

    by tintab

    Yes it was crap but...the cartoon was the coolest part of the show and it was the first time Boba Fett was shown. I always hoped they would do the Clone Wars idea back then as a cartoon. Show what happened between ANH and TESP.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Watch the Cartoon

    by tintab

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by conspiracy

    I think little more needs to be said about why the SW special exists or why it fucking sucked. Still..I bet they had fun shooting this shit. Getting paid a load of cash and during breaks they were doing rails off Fishers giant fucking jugs while most probably working to make her air tight.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Saw Tron when I was 10. Thought it was shit.

    by BiggusDickus

    Nothing has occurred in the interim to make me reappraise my initial findings, up to and including Tron Legacy.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Han's Hands

    by adml_shake

    He's just giving Chewie his present a little early. While they were alone and away from prying judgmental eyes.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I watched the SW Holiday Special when it first aired

    by GeneralKael

    I remember liking the special alot - keep in mind however that at the time I had not seen Star Wars. I read the novelization but when Star Wars came out, I distinctly remember being in a department store and my parents discussing whether to take me or not - they decided not to, but in the fall bought me a Star Wars lunchbox for school. I give the Star Wars special some slack because it was made in the late 70s, when Donnie and Marie were popular and evening variety shows were what was selling(and which were probably fairly cheap to make compared to dramas). Star Wars was everywhere at the time. I remember that there was even a Star Wars themed episode of The Price is Right, which used a winnibego in place of the Falcon(something I feel that Spaceballs stole the idea from) - I remember one of the prizes was the entire line of action figures. I think maybe everyone felt a Star Wars special would be kind of fun and nobody really stopped to think about what it would look like a few years down the road.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    That chick is kinda cute

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Wouldn't mind throwing it in her sark, if you know what I mean.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    "A compu-present? For me? I never processed so much joy data!"

    by NeonFrisbee

    Haha! Long live the MCP. Hope he shows up in Tron 3.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    SW Holiday Special kicks the prequals ass!

    by boogy110

    I found it more logically sound and tolerable compared to Episode I and II.

  • ... and then cut on some whores.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I've never processed so much joy, Danza ( ? )

    by PTSDPete

    Anyways, it's all cool.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    0:35 was comedy gold, man

    by PTSDPete