In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is today’s entry:
#66: The Yub Nub Song from Return of the Jedi
In my opinion, this is one of the ways the Special Edition versions got it wrong. Like the Ewoks or not, this was the celebration song at the end of Return of the Jedi that closed out the trilogy. Is it corny? Yes. Is it a happy note to end the trilogy? Yes. This song embodies the celebration of the end of the Empire. We don’t need to see the fireworks on other planets. It’s all about right here, right now. This song makes me happy and I will admit, I get a bit choked up at the end when the ghosts of Jedi past appear (OLD Anakin Sebastian Stan, not Hayden Christensen). I hope when they release the original theatrical versions on DVD (and they WILL!!!) this is back in there.
Side note: it also makes me chuckle because someone I used to work with would sing this song out loud from time to time.