Boba Fett Animator John Celestri Show Off Original Star Wars Holiday Special Art


If you are a ‘Star Wars’ fan you are likely familiar with the now infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special”. Within this memorable experience was the first appearance of Boba Fett. He looked a bit different then, but that was where the incredibly popular character started out.

Enter John Celestri, a “young animator was given the assignment to animate a new character in the emerging in the Star Wars Universe……Boba Fett the Bounty Hunter.

John thankfully saved his rough animation pencil sketches and has graciously shared this with the world via his YouTube channel!

I’m really excited to get to see this fabulous piece of history!

Take a look!

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In 1978, young animator John Celestri was given the assignment to animate a new character in the emerging Star Wars universe…Boba Fett the Bounty Hunter.

The character was to appear in the animation sequence midway in the Star Wars Holiday Special. Young John enjoyed developing and animating the mysterious Boba Fett, so he decided to save and keep his initial rough animation pencil sketches that he would normally toss into the waste paper basket to be picked up with the other garbage…..

John now shares these drawings with you.

It’s so amazing to see these!

There is an interview with him on the Clownfish TV YouTube Channel.

We talk with John Celestri, an animation industry veteran who was the primary animator of Boba Fett in the Star Wars Holiday Special (which inspired The Mandalorian) and TONS of other animated classic like Dragon’s Lair, Rock & Rule, She-Ra, He-Man and many, many more! John talks about breaking into the animation industry and how the animation industry has changed since he broke in.

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