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Holiday Special Multimedia
In this section you will find sample sound and video clips related
to the Holiday Special available to download.
Diahann Carroll as Mermeia - "This Minute"
From the most infamous section of the Holiday Special: in this
scene, Mermeia sings to Chewbacca's father Itchy through the Mind
Evaporator. Download here.
Jefferson Starship as the Holographic Band - "Light the
Sky on Fire"
The Holographic Band play a number so rocking that even the Imperial
Guard has to tap his fingers! This version is unique to the Holiday
Special. Download here.
Bea Arthur as Ackmena - "Goodnight But Not Goodbye"
This song was sung during the Holiday Special's cantina scene
to help usher a room full of uncooperative guests out into the
night. Download here.
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia - "A Day To Celebrate"
At the end of the show, Princess Leia sings this song to the
gathering of Wookiees and their human and droid friends. Download
Many thanks to Garrett Gilchrist for engineering these new,
improved audio clips. According to official press releases, these
are the correct titles for these songs.
You may need the latest
codec to play these videos.
TV Land's "The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments"
December 7th, 2005, TV Land broadcast the third part of "The
100 Most Unexpected TV Moments". The second item up was The
Star Wars Holiday Special, coming in at #59. This short clip features
that segment with various people talking about the show, including
Bruce Vilanch, who was one of the writers on the Holiday Special.
Download in DivX .avi format here.
Thanks to my good friend Stephen for this one.
Fighting the Frizzies at eleven
of the most amusing moments connected with one particular broadcast
of the Holiday Special was a recurring bumper from WCBS-TV 2 in
New York that featured anchor Rolland Smith saying, "Fighting
the Frizzies... at eleven." "The Frizzies" were
a truly 70s hair phenomenon coined for shampoo advertising.
Download and watch this very short bumper segment in DivX .avi
Thanks to ReverendBeastly for the video clip.
bumper was parodied on an episode of South Park in 1999 in a very
obscure reference to the Holiday Special during "Mr. Hankey's
Christmas Classics" (at right). Only someone who had seen
a copy of the Holiday Special from this particular broadcast could
have possibly gotten the reference!
The bumper repeated several times throughout the show; then at
the end of the show, the news anchor was shown in a boxing ring
"fighting the Frizzies" during the credit sequence.
FOX News mentions the Holiday Special's 25th anniversary
a few minutes before 8:00 Eastern time November 17th, 2003, the
FOX News channel broadcast footage from The Star Wars Holiday
Special during the G Block portion of The FOX Report with Shepard
Smith, mentioning that the show aired on CBS 25 years ago, one
time only. This was likely the first time footage of the Special
was broadcast on commercial TV since its original air date in
Download this clip in DivX .avi format here.