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All the pre-ESB Star Wars toys were copyrighted to Fox as well.

A snag might be if Lucas put a HS clause in the Disney deal. There is also the possibility of having to license the Jefferson Starship song. Disney might not want to pony up for it. That kind of thing has plagued The Muppet Show, which has yet to have all five seasons released on video.
There could also be actor residuals involved. Nobody was thinking of home video when the contracts were signed.

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I dunno about the special but the Strips and other things of that era were also copyrighted to Black Falcon which was the Lucasfilm licensing division at the time.

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Stepping softly in a danger zone…

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Yeah, I recall the Black Falcon name appearing on bed linens and towels and wondering what it was. IIRC, the Marvel comic was copyrighted to Fox in the early days.

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With no Star Wars movie this holiday season, Disney missed a great opportunity to make a new Holiday Special.

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I don’t know. Such an endeavor could end up looking like something out of Scrooged. 😛

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They could do it. Just go without canonical story addition and more variety show and celebrity appearances. Get the 501st to deliver some toys to hospitals.

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Jar Jar saves Christmas 😛

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Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

I was a big fan in 1977, saw SW at least 5 times in the theater.
But I can’t remember if I saw the Holiday Special (when it aired) or not.

Memory loss after the first viewing of the HS is quite common. 😛

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Loving the new look, layout and content for SKot’s http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com 😃
 

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Part of THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL Is Coming to Disney+’:-

https://nerdist.com/article/star-wars-holiday-special-boba-fett-on-disney-plus-ewoks-genndy-tartakovsky
 

'Lucasfilm gave the world a gift in 1978: The Star Wars Holiday Special. The oft-maligned TV special has some, shall we say, rough spots, but also marks Boba Fett‘s first ever appearance. He showed up in a truly wild animated short in the special before he returned in The Empire Strikes Back. And while Lucasfilm has largely shoved The Star Wars Holiday Special into a trunk, never to see the light of day again, they are releasing the Boba Fett animated segment on Disney+ in April alongside more classic Star Wars. I never thought I’d see the day.

The Story of the Faithful Wookiee,” as the short is titled, airs as a cartoon in-universe that Chewbacca’s son Lumpawarrump watches. A mysterious character (Boba Fett) befriends Luke Skywalker and his friends and then goes on a mission with Chewbacca. There’s a cursed Talisman, a sleeping virus, and antics. And the animation quality is pretty solid, especially for the time. We’re excited that more people will get to see this quality entry in Boba Fett history.’
 

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I have to wonder if they are going to now assert their copyright on the cartoon to squash versions of the HS that can be seen online.

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This makes me think if there is ever a release of the unaltered theatrical versions of the original trilogy, it will be streaming on Disney+ only and not on a disc.