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!
- The Snuggie Pub Crawl and Other Blanket with Sleeves Pop Culture Phenomena
- Cozy Caftan Tries to Sell Itself as a Chic and Sexy Snuggie
- Snuggie Commercial Attempts to Extend Fad by Doing the Macarena!
- Fashion Week and the Snuggie Sutra Take the Blanket with Sleeves to the Next Level
14 Responses to “Chewbacca and His Wookie Family Wear Snuggies!”
Comment by Bren and Ron on December 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm
Comment by Amy on December 6, 2008 at 7:51 am
Comment by Sarah on December 6, 2008 at 9:39 am
Comment by Tim on December 6, 2008 at 11:55 am
Comment by Jennifer on December 7, 2008 at 7:45 pm
Comment by milowent on December 8, 2008 at 8:17 am
Comment by Visaman on December 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm
Comment by Scott Mercer on December 17, 2008 at 7:54 am
Comment by nixon on December 26, 2008 at 12:15 am
Comment by Jonathan Tad Ketchen on December 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm
Comment by Znkp on January 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm
Comment by Martin Thurn on January 20, 2009 at 6:58 am
Comment by Paul Lucas on January 20, 2009 at 11:10 am
Comment by Bob on January 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm