Furious Fanboys report that George Lucas has slightly reversed his long-held position on the Star Wars Holiday Special, namely that it should never see the light of day again. Hidden as an easter egg on the new Blu-ray disks is the ten-minute-long Boba Fett cartoon which formed part of the infamous special. Here's Furious Fanboys's account of how to find it:
To unlock the first appearance anywhere of Boba Fett, go to the Episode V section of disc 8 (the IV, V, VI Archives):
- Click on Pursued by the Imperial Fleet
- Click on The Collection
- Click on Concept Boba Fett Armor
- Click on First Look
Here’s the screen where you’ll find it:
This short animated portion of the Holiday Special is often said to be its one redeeming aspect. Nonsense. It may not be quite as bad as the Wookie sex fantasy scene that preceded it, but it is still awful. The story revolves around a magical talisman sought by the rebels (because it is a magical talisman). It turns out that the talisman makes humans fall asleep, so Chewbacca and the droids are the only ones left to save the dozing Han and Luke from Boba Fett, a seemingly-friendly mercenary riding a huge orangish pink dinosaur who turns out to be an agent of Darth Vader (and is apparently not human as the talisman has no effect on him). This is Boba Fett’s first appearance in any Star Wars tale. For the record, he does not speak with a New Zealand accent; no word from Furious Fanboys whether Lucas has corrected this glaring continuity error for the Blu-ray version. I wouldn't put it past him.
If you don't have Blu-ray, or cash to burn, or the willingness to support Lucas in his latest defacements of his own masterpiece, search around the web a bit and you'll find the Holiday Special--but you may regret it.