The Ewoks get down!
By Jon Waterhouse
May the 4th is the ultimate celebration day for “Star Wars” fans. But the real parties took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Here are our Top 10 celebrations found on “Star Wars” celluloid.
The Cantina Band is hot!
10. THE OUTLANDER CLUB ON CORUSCANT
Intergalactic gamblers and alien hotties tip back glasses and belly up to the tables for games of sabacc at this glorified sports bar. Obi-Wan Kenobi couldn’t help but grab a cocktail here in “Attack of the Clones.” If it’s a good enough celebratory spot for a Jedi, it’s good enough for us. Just stay away from the Death Sticks.
9. THE DEATH STAR TRASH COMPACTOR
Although it’s reportedly stanky enough to curl the ample nose hairs of a Wookiee, the trash compactor on the Death Star serves as an unlikely setting for revelry. When Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke, and Chewie are spared from its crushing walls in “A New Hope,” their cheers and whoops of joy are so orgasmic, C-3PO hears them over a loudspeaker and thinks they’re dying. Now that’s a sign of a good time.
Max Rebo tickles the ivories!
8. EMPEROR DEATH DAY
Say what you want about the Special Edition versions of the original trilogy, but George Lucas knows how to throw one heckuva CGI party. After the second Death Star is exploded and the Emperor bites the big one in “Return of the Jedi,” an added scene shows the citizens of Coruscant pitching a wang dang doodle by toppling over a giant statue of Palpatine. As Yoda once said, “Until something is broken, a party it isn’t.”
7. THE POD RACE
Anakin Skywalker’s celebration in the winner’s circle of the Boonta Eve Classic podrace in “The Phantom Menace” is cool and all. Sure, the kid has skills, and he gets to soak up the glory a bit. But we wish Lucas would do some digital magic and insert a well-endowed, green-skinned alien chick wearing a sash in that scene to give Annie the traditional victory smooch.
6. ANAKIN AND PADME’S WEDDING
We’re suckers for nuptials. Why? It’s not because we’re softies who melt at the sight of a love-drenched union. It’s all just an excuse for us to slam high octane shots of Blue Milk at the reception.
5. “PHANTOM” AFTER PARTY
We’ll look for any reason to celebrate. So let’s raise a glass to a young Anakin Skywalker, even if he didn’t exactly mean to destroy the main power reactors in the Federation’s Droid Control Ship. Happy accidents count, too. And that medal ceremony at the end of “The Phantom Menace” is heartwarming enough to bring a smile to the most cynical Sith.
4. JABBA’S PALACE
Gangstas know how to throw down, and Jabba the Hutt is no exception. Both versions of “Return of the Jedi” feature over-the-top house parties, each a little different than the other. We’re partial to the original version and the ’80s synth pop the Max Rebo Band delivers. Yet, we all know why this party really rocks. Can you say “Slave Leia?”
3. MOS EISLEY CANTINA
A rowdy crowd equals a killer bash. Throw in a little scum and villainy, and you’ve got a recipe for fun. The Figrin D’an & The Modal Nodes concert at Mos Eisley Cantina in “A New Hope” is one for the books. Drinks flow, limbs are severed and Greedo shoots first. You’ll never see that at an Owl City show.
2. EWOK CELEBRATION
The much publicized disdain for Ewoks may just be unfounded. Cute, cuddly and weak? Not quite. These creatures are hardcore partiers. They’ll even use the heads of stormtroopers as percussive instruments.
Nobody loves ya, Chewie.
1. BATTLE OF YAVIN CEREMONY
Our number one “Star Wars” movie celebration takes place at the end of “A New Hope.” That’s when Luke and Han score their medals for turning the Death Star into shrapnel. We’ve always thought Luke looks like a space age Superfly in that jacket. And the party reportedly gets even better in a popular fan edit that’s burning up the Interweb. An overzealous editor superimposed a medal on Chewbacca. Justice is served. Party on.
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