I like the Lego animation style I have found. Well, when it’s done well at least. There’s something fun about the aesthetic. For the right topic, it works really well. While I don’t like The Lego Movie, mostly because of the twist, I enjoyed Lego Batman. I have seen a couple Scooby-Doo specials that were done with Legos that were pretty fun. Not exactly going to make it into the Sight and Sound polls, but they got the job done. The Simpsons did a Lego episode I thought was super good. On the other hand, there have been some superhero ones I have checked out for a second and passed on because they were lacking from a script perspective. Apparently they have done a bunch of Lego Star Wars specials, but I have not seen any of them. That is, until I watched the new Star Wars Holiday Special on Disney+. Would it be worthwhile, or would all the quality be in the animation style?
Star Wars doesn’t have the best history with holiday specials, as you probably know. The original special, the one focusing on Life Day, was a true disaster, but a fascinating one. And yet, Life Day is the holiday being celebrated in the new special, though there are a lot of Christmas touches to it. The story takes place after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, though they aren’t exactly building on a narrative of the universe. That is just when they set it for the sake of having a fun holiday special. Well, it seems that Finn having the Force is a thing now, with Rey serving as his teacher.
The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is about Rey leaving the Life Day preparations to seek out information on being a Jedi master on a different planet. There, she finds a stone that allows her (and BB-8) to travel through time and space, dropping her into several different events involving teachers and students related to the force. We’re talking Luke and Yoda, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and so on and so forth. Eventually, the Emperor and Darth Vader get involved, and that is the obstacle to be overcome. Although, Darth Vader has never been this silly. Also, Poe is trying to throw a kickass Life Day party, so there’s that.
As per usual, the animation style with the Legos is fun. There are a couple good Lego-related jokes. However, they also do some animation that isn’t really using Legos, which feels like a shame. From a storytelling standpoint, the special is decent. In truth, there’s a fair amount of fan service. There’s a lot of in jokes. The special is silly, and at times cheesy. Humor and Star Wars don’t always go hand in hand. There are just enough good jokes in this special, though. Plus, I tend to enjoy holiday specials and Christmas episodes of TV anyway. Sure, this is “Life Day,” but it’s as much a Christmas episode as anything else. I also don’t mind that it’s quite clear that most of the voices are being done by people other than the actors from the movies. That’s fine, of course. Oscar Isaac isn’t showing up for The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special.
If you are a Star Wars fan, and if you like holiday episodes of television, I would recommend watching this special if you have Disney+. It’s only like 45 minutes long and it’s breezy. At the very least, it’s better than the ‘70s TV special, although it’s not as fun to watch. Happy Life Day!