After spending decades as a punchline that the Star Wars franchise has done its best to ignore and hide, the legacy of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978 is in the midst of a rescue attempt. Fans laughed last year when Life Day was referenced in the first episode of The Mandalorian, and now there is actually a whole new release available, as the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special dropped on Disney+ earlier this month.
The voice cast of 45-minute feature even includes a handful of stars from the live-action movies, and last week I learned that it was a project that Kelly Marie Tran – known to many as Rose Tico – loved to be a part of.
The actress is a part of the cast of The Croods: A New Age, which is set to hit theaters this week, and when I had the chance to speak with her over the phone about the film I took the opportunity to ask about being a part of the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. I asked what it was like learning about the development of the animated feature and if she was surprised given the original’s notorious reputation. She explained with enthusiasm,
For reasons that aren’t immediately clear, there is a nice long history of meta/self-referential humor in LEGO animation, and, as recognized by Kelly Marie Tran, that is a tradition upheld in the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. Not only are there some jabs taken at The Travesty From 1978, but also many moments throughout Star Wars history (which comes easy thanks to time travel being a big part of the plot).
Star Wars as a franchise is generally one that takes itself very seriously, but Kelly Marie Tran feels that the new Holiday Special has a certain license to have fun and let its hair down. She also told us,
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is now available to subscribers on Disney+, and if you’re looking for a double dose of Kelly Marie Tran this week, you can check out The Croods: A New Age in theaters starting today.
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