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    Star Wars on the Little Screen

    The following came from a post to a toy thread regarding Zutton, a "Snaggletooth" character appearing in the Holiday Special. I thought that the train of thought here would inspire memories and discussion of the history of Star Wars on television.
    Enjoy....
    Zutton appears during a Mos Eisley Cantina sketch/musical number featuring a number of familiar faces from the movie Cantina along with Harvy Korman (sporting a volcano head) and Bea Arthur taking Wuhur's place at the bar, and at least three brand new aliens produced to make up for a shortfall in surviving original masks. You almost have to have been around back then to have seen the thing as Lucas has rarely acknowledged its existance, much less made it public knowledge. And it didn't end there back in the nutty 70's. A contengent of Stormtroopers lent their previously unknown dance talents to a Star Wars based musical number on the Donny and Marie Show (this was a musical/comedy variety show, not their current talk show). And the surviving "cast" of the Cantina peopled a more terestrial bar in a sketch on the short-lived Richard Pryor show. And as we all know, Luke (Mark Hammil to be exact), 3PO and R2 made a Muppet Show guest appearance on an episode of "Pigs in Space!". And who could forget C-3PO's Cereal? "Oh! Crunchy food!" (an actual line spoken by 3PO on a commercial for the breakfast fare when confronted by a hungry rock monster). Yes, there is a sad television history to Star Wars that is little discussed and largely forgotten. And it all culminated in four of the most tragic black spots on the entire Star Wars Saga, the Droids and Ewoks cartoons (black marks one and two) and the two Ewok television films (the remaining black marks). Perhaps someone needs to start a tread on the subject of Star Wars on television. I remember my friends all wondering when there would be a Star Wars weekly television drama. Even at the tender age of twelve I secretly hoped, NEVER!

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    Oh the shame, the humanity!

    I must admit, I really didn't like most of the Star Wars television stuff. I guess some of the Kenner tv ads for the toys were ok, but other than that, everything makes me cringe now. I kinda liked Droids as a kid.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    What's really scary is that the annoying "We're the E-E-E-E-E-E-Ewoks and we're one big happy family" theme from the first season of the Ewoks cartoon was performed by none other than blues legend Taj Mahal! Somehow that one never made it onto any of his greatest hits collections.

    (I haven't verified this, but I read it on theforce.net a long time ago, and the voices sound alike.)
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    I have since verified this. It unfortunately still does not show up on any Taj Mahal rarities album I've seen, nor does his awesome a capella rendition of "John the Revelator" from Blues Brothers 2000. (Part of that does appear on the compilation Blue Light Boogie, but it's combined with James Brown and a choir, and is not the a capella version of the full song as heard at the beginning of the film, which set a high note the rest of the movie never reached.)

    Taj Mahal performed locally with Bonnie Raitt recently. My wife didn't want to go, and I don't like going to concerts alone. Brian Wilson is appearing here soon, and, if she doesn't let me see that, I'll have to file for divorce. Taj Mahal is bloody awesome, but Brian Wilson is God (or at least His official songwriter).

    Also, the theme song from Droids ("In trouble again, in trouble again, in trooooouuuuuuuuuuble again") was performed by Stewart Copeland, drummer for the Police.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Old'd! Soon there will be forumites on here that were born after your previous post.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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