The fundamental conceit of this Disney+ providing — set after the latest trilogy, and that includes the voices of some solid members — is that Rey takes a break from “Life Day” festivities to hunt a greater understanding of Jedi lore as a way to higher practice Finn. (Life Day, by the way, is a nod to the unique particular, for the 12 or so individuals who’ll keep in mind.)
In the method, she and BB-Eight go to the Jedi Temple and uncover a time-traveling portal, one that enables her to parachute into varied scenes from 40-some-odd years of “Star Wars,” interacting with key gamers in notably cheeky methods.
Obviously, the extra steeped in “Star Wars” trivia viewers are, the extra apt they will be to get pleasure from it. At the identical time, this system (directed by Ken Cunningham and written by David Shayne) slightly neatly straddles the road between spoofing old-style vacation specials and embracing the sappier facet of reminding those that such celebrations are about household and friendship, full with “Rudolph”– model narration courtesy of Yoda.
That tone neatly matches the Lego animated model. As famous, the sundry ties to the precise universe embrace vocal cameos by Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, however the nostalgia goes a complete lot deeper than that. Plus, there are amusing little Lego-specific gags, like having a personality’s hair pop off and snap again on.
On its face, this newest vacation particular represents little greater than a playful lark, and a welcome one for followers. But in its magical tour of George Lucas’ galaxy, it is also reminder — assuming one is required — of what a potent pressure “Star Wars” has been and stays as we strategy the vacations, each actual and imagined.
“The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special” premieres Nov. 17 on Disney+.