my weekly newspaper column that perhaps Disney could do a Christmas overlay for the land by reviving its long-shunned Star Wars Holiday Special.Not long after Disney detailed plans for its Star Wars Galaxy's Edge land, I (semi-facetiously) suggested in
For those who have seen the 1978 TV special, "Life Day" was the Star Wars version of Christmas, featured in the special as the day for which Chewbacca was trying to get back to his family on his home planet, Kashyyyk.
The special was so cheesy (the cast actually includes Harvey Korman and Bea Arthur) that George Lucas reportedly ordered it struck from the Star Wars canon, never to be recognized officially again. Of course, the show endures on YouTube for those with an hour and half of their lives to indulge.
Still, for GenXers such as me, the idea of Life Day being celebrated in a Disney theme park is just too hilarious to abandon, so I wished for Disney to find a way to make Life Day a part of Star Wars canon again, so that my irreverent holiday dreams could come true.
And what do you know? They just did it!
In the new Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, a throwaway line in an early scene mentions Life Day. That means Life Day is canon again! And with Life Day again an official "thing" in the Star Wars universe, the creative path is clear for Disney to bring Life Day to Batuu for next year's Holidays at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
Of course, the odds of that actually happening remain long enough for only C-3PO to calculate, as I wrote before. But I love that Jon Favreau, the Iron Man director who wrote and created The Mandalorian, showed his geek love once again by including a reference to Life Day in his new show.
Long live Life Day! I hope now that Favreau's spirit of fun is infectious and that the higher-ups at Disney Parks can give the green light to the red robes... and bring us all home for Life Day on Batuu next year.Tweet
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