Star Wars: Ewoks
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The series was produced by Nelvana on behalf of Lucasfilm and broadcast on ABC, both by itself and later, as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour. The first season was advertised as simply Ewoks, but the second season was advertised as The All New Ewoks. The series lasted 35 episodes.
The series focuses on the adventures of Wicket W. Warrick and his friends on the forest moon of Endor during the years before the events in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The primary recurring villains are Morag the Tulgah Witch, who had a personal grudge against the tribe's shaman, Master Logray, and the Duloks, a rival species that is related to the Ewoks.
The Ewok Tribe
Wicket W. Warrick is a young Ewok with a headstrong and determined attitude, who often takes the initiative. Wicket wants desperately to be a great warrior, which often gets him into trouble. He is the youngest of three, his older two brothers being Weechee and Willy. Son of Deej and Shodu. Often plays around with some of the other young Ewoks: Kneesaa, Latara and Teebo. Wicket is a dark brown Ewok with an orange hood. He later gets a green hood in season two.
Princess Kneesaa is the daughter of the Chief of the Ewok tribe, Chirpa. Her mother was killed by a Hanadak while protecting Kneesaa and her lost sister Asha, who was dragged downstream while trying to escape. Kneesaa plays with her friends Wicket, Teebo and Latara, and is often the voice of reason and wisdom on their adventures, but usually ends up in just as much trouble. Kneesaa often appears smitten with Wicket, although there is no evidence that they ever become romantically involved during the series. Aside from her sister, Kneesaa is an only child. She is a White and Grey Ewok, and wears a pink hood with a blue gem dangling near her forehead (which, we later learn was given to her by Asha, shortly before her disappearance.)
Teebo is Wicket's best friend, and is fascinated by tales of sorcery and magic, idolizing the village shaman, Master Logray, and becomes his Apprentice early in the series. He is a bit of a dreamer, and sometimes a little clumsy. Latara is smitten with him in the first season (which Teebo takes no notice of), but during the second season, he is constantly trying to get her attention, but fails miserably. Teebo often lacks discipline, but this is something he learns to master over time from Logray, and eventually becomes a respectful young Ewok. Notably, Teebo has a little sister named Malani, who is head over heels in love with Wicket. Teebo's fur is a bright yellow-brown, and he wears a tan, baggy hood with a feather.
Latara is Kneesaa's best friend, and dreams of being a great musician with her flute, though her main job appears to be looking after her younger siblings. She even runs away with the Travelling Jinda circus for a time, but learns that hard work is necessary in show business just as much as with taking care of her family. She has a huge crush on Teebo, though he rarely notices it. Her fur is dark grey, and her hat is yellow with a pink feather in it.
Paploo is Kneesaa's cousin and he is Great Chief Chirpa's nephew. He is close friends with Wicket and Teebo. He sometimes joins in when the young Ewoks go on their adventures. He is older, but often acts with less maturity than the younger Ewoks like Wicket and Kneesaa. His fur is grey, with a white face and orange hood with a feather.
Malani is Teebo's little sister. She is a close friends with Latara's little brother and sister, Wiley and Nippet, and Wicket's little sister Winda. She has a crush on Wicket and desperately tries to impress him. She has beige fur, and a blue hood with a flower in it.
Weechee is Wicket's eldest brother, and the bravest of the Warrick Family.
Willy is Wicket's older brother and little brother to Weechee. He is clumsy, gluttonous, and overweight, but exceedingly nice.
Deej is a very respected warrior of the Ewok tribe, and is also a father to his four children; Wicket, Weechee, Widdle (commonly known as 'Willy') and Winda. In the episode, "To Save Deej", Wicket and his two brothers set off on a journey to collect ingredients to save their father from a terrible sickness. His wife is Shodu. He is a dark grey ewok with a purple hood.
Shodu Warrick is Deej's wife and Wicket's mother.
Nippet and Wiley are Latara's younger siblings. At times, Latara has to stay home to watch over them.
Chief Chirpa is father to Kneesaa and Asha, He gives order to the warriors when they are fighting against the Duloks.
Master Logray is the Ewoks' shaman, and often the dispenser of wisdom and knowledge about the world of Endor.
Asha is Kneesaa's older sister. When Kneesaa was a wokling, a beast known as a Hanadak killed their mother and Asha was dragged down a river and went missing. She was later reunited with her family after helping Kneesaa and Wicket free animals trapped by the Duloks.
Urga is King Garneesh's lover and the only female Dulok in the series.
King Garneesh is the leader of the Duloks.
Morag is the Tulgah witch and evil counterpart of Logray.
The Phlogs are a race of giants who live on Endor.
The Hanadak is a purple monster which is known to live in hollowed-out tree trunks
Erpham Warrick is Wicket's Great Grandfather and was once a great warrior for the Ewok tribe and is still looked up to by young Ewoks. Not much is known about Erpham, as he died years ago, but he makes a brief appearance as a ghost when Wicket tries to repair his old battle wagon and instructs him. In the years before he died, he was a golden-colored Ewok with a green hood.
The series is a follow up to the two Ewok films: Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985), which were themselves spin-offs of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The first season of the show aimed for a more sophisticated style, but in the second, the writing style was geared toward a much younger audience, with less sophisticated characters.Template:Citation needed
Unlike the rest of the series, the last two episodes were originally aired out of story order. The correct order was Party Ewok/Malani the Warrior and Battle for the Sunstar, respectively. However, the episodes were originally aired in the order of Battle for the Sunstar and Party Ewok/Malani the Warrior. Storywise, the series ends with Battle for the Sunstar, which depicts the Empire discovering the Endor moon, where it would later construct the second Death Star. The episode Battle for the Sunstar re-aired separately on January 10, 1987, and that marked the official end of the series.Template:Citation needed
Comic book series
In 1985, Star Comics, an imprint of Marvel Comics published a bi-monthly Ewoks comic, based on the animated series, which ran for two years, ending with issue #14. Like the TV series, this was aimed towards a younger audience. It was produced along with Droids, which was based on the Droids animated series. Issue #10 of Marvel Ewoks was a cross-over with Star Wars: Droids issue #4 story "Lost in Time". For more on this series, see this link.
In 1985, a toy line was produced that was based on the series. This line included action figures, ship models, etc.
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- An edited compilation DVD with the title Star Wars Animated Adventures: Ewoks was released on November 23, 2004. The DVD contained eight episodes of the series, edited together as two full length movies.
- Episodes 2, 1, 3 and 9 were edited together to make The Haunted Village (which was previously released on VHS in 1996), and Episodes 10, 5, 4 and 13 were edited together to make Tales from the Endor Woods.
- The entire original series has yet to be released on any home video format. Some of the original episodes were released in the 1980s and 1990s on VHS.
- ↑ Star Wars: Expanded Universe | A Closer Look at the Ewoks & Droids DVDs
- ↑ Star Wars: Kids | Creatures of Endor
- ↑ Re-aired on January 10, 1987 to end series
- ↑ VHS : Star Wars Animated Classics – Ewoks: The Haunted Village
- Star Wars: Ewoks 1985, George Lucas
- Star Wars Insider #27
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe,
- The Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet, ISBN 0-345-40227-8 Del Rey; first edition (June 30, 1998)