Loomis: I just wanted to make an old-fashioned, moral
film. Something that would say to kids, this is right, and
this is wrong, and you can reinforce that message at home
with six-inch action figures.
Kidd Jr.: Do I regret that we offered Jim all merchandising
rights in exchange for exclusive Betamax distribution? That's
a stupid question.
Arthur Bass ("Sven Wasabi"): I did receive a jot of
good-natured ribbing from Olivier in particularhe
would insinuate that the little dolls they made of my character
emoted better than I did in the film. Of course there was
a rationale for my low-key approach: I was hoping against
hope no one would notice I was in this bloody awful movie.
But I suppose I did get the last laugh, after allI
mean, I've got a 22-room mansion in the Hills with a 180-degree
view of the city, and what's Larry got? Some gloomy chateau
in Southern England? Plus, he's dead.
[Editor's note: Sir Arthur died shortly after this interview.]
Reynolds: I remember one night at Studio, I was coked
to the gills dancing with Truman and Andy when I hear what
sounds like the "Star Saga" themebut
disco. I thought to myself, Jesus, I must be really fucked
up. Then I realized it was the "Star Saga" theme!
I thought, thank God I'm fucked up.
(Greek session musician, composer, "Star Saga and Other
Interstellar B.O.O.G.I.E."): I am making disco
songs in the early 1978, some producer come to me, say to
make disco record from "Star Saga" song. Hand
me bag of cocaine, four hours later we have record. No contract.
No money. Fucking sons of whores.
Mitch Hamlin: That whole year was out of control. It
was months before the toys came out. I think they just forgot
to make them. But then all of a sudden there were action figures,
pajamas, plastic laser knives, breakfast cereal. I loved it,
but some of the others were put off by the commercialism.
Shane: I have very fond memories of working with Jim
Loomis and the cast and crew of Star Saga.
Reynolds: Was it too much? In hindsight, the 1978 holiday
special was a bad idea. I don't remember why I agreed to
it. But then I don't remember making it either.
Manson ("Fentashka"): I know the holiday special
was a disappointment to some of the others, but for me as
an actor, it was a high point. I always felt that Fentashka
was one-dimensional in the movies. But the TV special, with
nearly half an hour of Woofie grunting with no subtitles,
really allowed me to stretch.
There was no holiday special.