A very long time in the past, in a galaxy far, distant, earlier than myriad animated sequence and Disney+ reveals, one other “Star Wars” spinoff existed. However the “Star Wars Vacation Particular” wasn’t like “The Mandalorian” or “Star Wars Rebels.” If followers missed its single airing on CBS in 1978, they missed out on it ceaselessly. The particular aired solely as soon as however lived in infamy within the minds of “Star Wars” followers ever since.
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Now 45 years later, a brand new documentary explores the “Star Wars Vacation Particular” in all its sides. What was the particular about? Why was it televised solely as soon as? And why did its creators bury it as “Star Wars” grew to become an more and more profitable cultural phenomenon? “A Disturbance In The Drive” solutions all these questions, and extra.
Right here’s the movie’s official synopsis:
In 1977, “Star Wars” grew to become a cultural phenomenon that single-handedly revitalized a stagnant movie business, and ceaselessly modified how movies had been offered, made, and marketed. Motion pictures would by no means be the identical once more.
A 12 months later, neither would tv.
In 1978, CBS aired the two-hour “Star Wars Vacation Particular” throughout the week of Thanksgiving and was watched by 13 million folks. It by no means re-aired.
Whereas some followers of the franchise are conscious of this darkish secret, this weird two hours of tv nonetheless stays comparatively unknown among the many common public. Merely put, we’ll reply how and why did the “Vacation Particular” get made.
Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak write and direct “A Disturbance In The Drive.” The doc options interviews with numerous celebrities, together with Seth Inexperienced, Bizarre Al Yankovich, Paul Scheer, Taran Killam, Danny Osmond, Gilbert Gottfried, Bonnie Burton, Bruce Vilanch, and Steve Binder.
Discover the bygone period of occasion tv, and one of many oddest bits of the “Star Wars” galaxy, when “A Disturbance In The Drive” has its world premiere at SXSW in Austin on March 11. Watch a trailer for the doc under.