Star Wars Holiday Special

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The animated debut for Boba Fett originally aired on CBS one night only (8:00-10:00 PM EST), and bootlegged on VHS and disc until a 2011 release. The 9 minute cartoon is called "The Faithful Wookiee." Nelvana animated the piece in about 6 to 8 weeks.

The cartoon was officially released in 2011 on the "The Complete Saga" Blu-ray. To access, play the second bonus disc (archives for Episodes IV - VI). From the main menu, click "Episode V," then "Pursued by the Imperial Fleet," then "The Collection," then "Boba Fett Prototype Costume," and then on the right side menu "First Look."


  • Directors (live action): David Acomba (who had creative differences and left mid-production) and Steve Binder (who finished the job)
  • Character Design and Storyboards: Clive Smith
  • Model Sheet: Frank Nissen
  • Animator: John Celestri (Boba Fett and Chewbacca scenes)
  • Voice: see below

No voice actor listed in Boba Fett's first appearance, but it's believed to be Don Francks. Cree Summer, the daughter of Don Francks, tells Great Big Story that Don was the first voice of Boba Fett. IMDb and Nerf-Herders-Anonymous also think it was Francks. One film historian insists it is Gabriel Dell who did the SWHS voice.

According to IMDb Trivia, Acomba "also commissioned the animated segment featuring Boba Fett."


Spoken by Boba Fett

See for all the quotes.

Spoken about Boba Fett

  • C-3PO: "Boba Fett, no! He's a friend."
  • Voiceover: "Starlog update. Although Boba Fett quickly located the serum for the sleeping virus, we had no idea of his real plan."
  • Darth Vader: "I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."
  • Han Solo: "Says our friend Boba found serum for the talisman virus."
  • Luke Skywalker: "Boba, you're a hero and a faithful friend. You must come back with us."
  • C-3PO: "I'm afraid, sir, it's because you said Boba was a friend and faithful ally."
  • C-3PO: "We intercepted a message between Boba and Darth Vader, sir."
  • C-3PO: "Boba Fett is Darth Vader's right hand man."
  • Luke Skywalker: "Boba sure fooled the rest of us."
  • C-3PO: "I beg your pardon sir. Chewbacca suspected all along there was something wrong about Boba."
  • C-3PO: "He just didn't smell right."

Last updated: November 18, 2023
Article ID: 121