The essential conceit of this Disney+ providing — set after the latest trilogy, and that includes the voices of some forged members — is that Rey takes a break from “Life Day” festivities to hunt a greater understanding of Jedi lore to be able to higher prepare Finn. (Life Day, by the way, is a nod to the unique particular, for the 12 or so individuals who’ll keep in mind.)
Within the course of, she and BB-Eight go to the Jedi Temple and uncover a time-traveling portal, one that enables her to parachute into numerous scenes from 40-some-odd years of “Star Wars,” interacting with key gamers in significantly cheeky methods.
Clearly, the extra steeped in “Star Wars” trivia viewers are, the extra apt they’re going to be to get pleasure from it. On the identical time, this system (directed by Ken Cunningham and written by David Shayne) fairly neatly straddles the road between spoofing old-style vacation specials and embracing the sappier aspect of reminding those who such celebrations are about household and friendship, full with “Rudolph”– model narration courtesy of Yoda.
That tone neatly suits the Lego animated model. As famous, the sundry ties to the precise universe embody vocal cameos by Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, however the nostalgia goes an entire lot deeper than that. Plus, there are amusing little Lego-specific gags, like having a personality’s hair pop off and snap again on.
Disney+ has been significantly savvy about leveraging its numerous manufacturers — particularly, Marvel, “Star Wars” and the studio’s animation library — because the spine in programming the service, from massive splashy collection like “The Mandalorian” to small interstitial objects like a brief that includes the Olaf character from “Frozen.”
On its face, this newest vacation particular represents little greater than a playful lark, and a welcome one for followers. However 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 Vacation Particular” premieres Nov. 17 on Disney+.