Christmas is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: Animated Holiday Specials up the wazoo! It’s guaranteed that every single show worth their weight in gold will have holiday specials or at least holiday-themed episodes. But just because there are new ones coming out doesn’t mean we’ll have to ignore the ones that have come before, right? Particularly because there are a lot of really kick ass holiday specials that have aged quite well. Join us as we give you a few suggestions of Christmasy Toons that you may want to watch in this most hallowed of occasions.
Star Wars Holiday Special: Boba Fett Segment
The animated Boba Fett segment of the Star Wars Holiday Special is very special for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that it is the one decent part of an otherwise extremely crappy holiday special. Next is that it’s the first time the bounty hunter was given proper characterization. The original trilogy didn’t give him much to work on, and he died (allegedly) like a wuss.
The Boba Fett segment is shown as a cartoon that’s being watched on a viewscreen by one of the holiday special’s new characters (Chewie’s offspring, Lumpy. The less said about the actual plot of the special the better).
The cartoon is said to be based on one of Chewie’s many adventures and follows Luke, Han, and Leia as they first encounter Boba Fett: While searching for a certain talisman, the Millenium Falcon crash lands on a water planet called Panna. Upon landing, they run into Fett, who claims to want to help them. Upon boarding the Falcon, Han was infected by a mysterious sleeping virus originating from the talisman. Luke also succumbs to the virus, and with the two main fighters of the crew incapacitated, it is up to Chewie and Fett to get the cure from Panna City. The problem is that the city is occupied by the Imperials. Additionally, there’s that matter of Fett’s true allegiances.
Another nifty trivia about the Boba Fett segment – besides it being the only redeeming aspect of the crappy holiday special – is that it was made by Nelvana’s original Toronto-based studio.