Chewbacca and His Wookie Family Wear Snuggies!

Over the weekend I was watching my bootleg copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special. For those of you who are not familiar with this demented classic, The Star Wars Holiday Special was a TV program aired on CBS in November 1978. This piece of video is a superb example of something so awful it’s actually hilarious. The “plot” of this things, such as it were, centers around Chewbacca’s efforts to get back to his home planet of Kashyyyk to spend the wookie holiday “Life Day” with his family. Although members of the original cast do appear—including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill—much of the time the viewer is forced to watch Chewbacca’s family (wife Malla, son Lumpy, and gross-looking father Itchy) grunt onscreen. The Star Wars Holiday Special is basically a 1970s variety show with the plot about “Life Day” tossed in as a framing device. So there are several musical segments and unfunny comedy bits. Some lowlights of this show include:

  • Bea Arthur sings in the Tatooine cantina
  • In a tour de force, Harvey Korman plays three different roles, including a space alien who hits on Bea Arthur—perhaps the most implausible creature in the entire Star Wars universe!
  • Mark Hamill wears so much make-up that he looks like he’ll break into a show tune at any moment.
  • Carrie Fisher sings lyrics to the Star Wars theme. Look at her eyes and it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that she’s high on cocaine.
  • Chewbacca’s father has cybersex.

But for fans of infomercials the most interesting bit may come at the end of the program. As part of the “Life Day” rituals, wookies don red garments. Seeing this I turned to my friend and declared, “Chewbacca and his family are wearing Snuggies!” Indeed, the Snuggie Blanket with Sleeves looks much like the ceremonial Life Day robes worn by the wookies.

So the Snuggie is great for all sorts of outdoor activities. Not only going to campouts and football games—but also for carrying mystical snow globes while walking into the sun. The Snuggie fleece is warm enough to keep wookies cozy while they inexplicably walk through outer space—and we all know how cold it can get out there! Even with a thick coat of fur wookies still need a “blanket with sleeves” to keep them warm during the holiday.

Most likely Chewbacca’s wife Malla bought Snuggies for her family from trader Saun Dann (played by Art Carney). I just hope she didn’t get ripped off on the shipping charges!


  • 14 Responses to “Chewbacca and His Wookie Family Wear Snuggies!”

  • This made us laugh really hard! Those humans steal all of the wookie fashions!

    Comment by Bren and Ron on December 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm

  • Oh, man, now this will make my husband want one EVEN MORE!!!

    Comment by Amy on December 6, 2008 at 7:51 am

  • You’d be high on cocaine too, if you knew you had to parade around in a Snuggie on national television.

    Comment by Sarah on December 6, 2008 at 9:39 am

  • Here’s the complete special on Google Video, so we can all not enjoy it. Original 1978 commercials included!

    Equally important is the corresponding “Rifftrax” commentary- three guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 watch, and heckle, the entire special. Only 4 bucks!

    Comment by Tim on December 6, 2008 at 11:55 am

  • Thanks for letting me watch The Star Wars Holiday Special. Although, I wish I could have had the remote to pause it now and then for a relief! LOL

    Comment by Jennifer on December 7, 2008 at 7:45 pm

  • friggin’ amazing!

    may the snuggie be with you!

    Comment by milowent on December 8, 2008 at 8:17 am

  • I bought the Star Wars Holiday Special from the link that you provided. I’m going to watch it tonight!

    Comment by Visaman on December 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm


    From the far corners of the interwebs, this important update on the Snuggie and its relationship to possible future snacking opportunities. Check it out, Snuggie fans.

    Comment by Scott Mercer on December 17, 2008 at 7:54 am

  • did y’all notice that the old dude who is eating the popcorn is the same guy from the commercial for the hearing aid enhancer who is watching tv while his wife sleeps?

    Comment by nixon on December 26, 2008 at 12:15 am

  • nixon said:

    “did y’all notice that the old dude who is eating the popcorn is the same guy from the commercial for the hearing aid enhancer who is watching tv while his wife sleeps?”

    I say:

    Cool! I also noticed him on both commercials! I come across other situations in which an actor or actress appears in separate commercials for completely different products. I wonder if they put “Professional TV Commercial Actor” on their resumes.

    Comment by Jonathan Tad Ketchen on December 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm

  • Here is another version of this item, (to my ignorant eyes, at least), sold by Anne Klein for $219.

    (AK Anne Klein Plus Size Mock Turtleneck Coat with Dolman Sleeve
    Orig. $219.00
    Now $108.99).

    Comment by Znkp on January 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm


    Comment by Martin Thurn on January 20, 2009 at 6:58 am

  • Martin Thurn,

    Thanks for reminding people how Star Wars geeks got their reputation for being petty, pathetic losers. And just because of your useless, graceless comment, I vow to spell Wookie with one “e” for the rest of my life!

    Paul Lucas

    P.S. Learn how to turn off your “Caps Lock” or stop commenting on blog “professionally.”

    Comment by Paul Lucas on January 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

  • I totally agree with Paul Lucas… Martin Thurn, dude lighten up… it’s just a wookie… 🙂

    Comment by Bob on January 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm