Ewoks
Season 1 title card
Based onStar Wars
by George Lucas
Developed by
Directed byRaymond Jafelice (season 1)
Ken Stephenson
Dale Schott (season 2)
Voices of
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Taiwan[1]
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (35 segments)
Production
Executive producers
  • Miki Herman (season 1)[2]
  • Cliff Ruby (season 2)[3]
  • Elana Lesser (season 2)[3]
ProducersMichael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive Smith
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) –
December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
Related
Star Wars: Droids

Ewoks, also known as Star Wars: Ewoks, is an animated series featuring the Ewok characters introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and further discovered in Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and its sequel Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). The series was produced by Canada-based Nelvana on behalf of Lucasfilm and broadcast on ABC, originally with its sister series Droids (as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour), and then by itself, as The All-New Ewoks.[4]

Premise

The series centers on the adventures of Wicket W. Warrick and his friends on the forest moon of Endor before the events of the original Star Wars film[a] and Caravan of Courage.[5] Unlike the Ewok films, the characters speak English[b] instead of their native language (though Ewokese phrases and songs are occasionally used).[6] 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.[7]

The penultimate episode, "Battle for the Sunstar", which was reaired as the series finale, shows the Ewok heroes leaving the forest moon's surface when they go aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer that has traveled to their system.[5] An Imperial scientist attempts to destroy the Emperor, whose shuttle makes an appearance. The episode has been noted as forming a link with Return of the Jedi, which features the Empire using Endor as its base of operations for the second Death Star.[6]

Cast and characters

The Ewok tribe

Warrick family

Kintaka family

Teebo's family

Latara's family

Various

Others

Production

The series is a follow-up (later stated to be a prequel) to the two Ewok films: Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985),[5] which were themselves spin-offs (and prequels) of Return of the Jedi.[26] The first season of the series was somewhat sophisticated, but in the second, the writing and visual style were both simplified.[6]

Episodes

Season 1 (1985)

The theme song for the first season was written and performed by Taj and Inshirah Mahal.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Cries of the Trees"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07)
Morag captures Izrina, Queen of the Wisties,[d] and forces her to set fire to the forest. The young Ewoks extinguish the flames via glider.
22"The Haunted Village"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)
Master Logray has developed invisibility soap to hide the Sunberry Trees from the destructive Mantigrue. The Ewoks manage to save the trees, despite the Duloks' interference.
33"Rampage of the Phlogs"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)
Morag prompts a family of Phlogs to rampage the Ewok village. Wicket and his friends rescue and return to the Phlogs their baby from the Duloks.
44"To Save Deej"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauSeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
The Warrick brothers are tasked to find ingredients for Master Logray to brew a poison cure for Deej. A creature called Mring-Mring ensures their quest is a success.
55"The Traveling Jindas"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
Lacking appreciation for her flute-playing, Latara joins the Travelling Jindas. Wicket and his friends rescue Latara from becoming lost and the Duloks.
66"The Tree of Light"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
Wicket, Princess Kneesaa and Latara follow uninvited an expedition on a quest to restore the tree of life, the Duloks intent on destroying the tree.
77"The Curse of the Jindas"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
Master Logray stops the curse that affects the Jindas after they rescue Wicket and his friends from the Skandits. This angers the Rock Wizard, but Princess Kneesaa has the stone tooth to cure the wizard's pain.
88"The Land of the Gupins"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
After rescuing Mring-Mring's brother, Oobel, Wicket and his friends journey with them to save the Gupins' homeland from the Grass Trekkers.
99"Sunstar vs. Shadowstone"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
Morag captures Teebo and his friends as ransom for the Sunstar. Morag utilizes the full power of the combined Sunstar-Shadowstone, but Master Logray destroys her for good.
1010"Wicket's Wagon"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
Inspired by his ancestor, Wicket rebuilds an old battle wagon. The Duloks steal it, but Wicket and Malani jump aboard and collapse the wagon.
1111"The Three Lessons"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauNovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
Princess Kneesaa goes with Wicket to gather ingredients to shrink a Stranglethorn she accidentally overgrew. With the help of some Tromes, Wicket gets the required potion.
1212"Blue Harvest"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul Dini & Sam WilsonNovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
In a plot to steal the Ewoks' harvest, Umwak unwittingly causes a Phlog named Hoona to romance with Wicket. The Duloks take advantage of this, but Wicket turns Hoona against them.
1313"Asha"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)
Kneesaa and Wicket find Kneesaa's long-lost sister, Asha, and help her to repel the Duloks hunting defenseless creatures, before reuniting her with Chief Chirpa.

Season 2 (1986)

With this season, advertised as The All-New Ewoks, episodes are now shorted the 11-minute format meaning two segments per half-hour (with the exceptions of "The Raich", "Night of the Stranger", "The Season Scepter" and "Battle for the Sunstar"). This season introduced a new theme song, "Friends Together, Friends Forever", written and performed by Patrick Gleeson.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"The Crystal Cloak"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
"The Wish Plant"Bob Carrau
An ambitious Wicket goes with his friends on a quest for the crystal cloak stolen by the Gracca. They end up destroying the crystal cloak instead.
The leaf queen assigns Kneesa to care for a wish plant. Her friends abuse the plant with their wishes. Kneesa manages to restore the plant before the leaf queen's arrival.
152"Home Is Where the Shrieks Are"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
"Princess Latara"Paul Dini
Wicket and Teebo try to live by themselves in a house inhabited by Larry the Shriek, who convinces them they are better off back at home.
The Gorph Queen Slugga kidnaps Latara masquerading as a princess for her son to marry. Wicket and his friends rescue Latara and trap the Gorphs.
163"The Raich"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael ReavesSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
Wicket accidentally unleashes the Raich from its tree form prison. With some help from the two-headed Gonster, Wicket and his friends trap the Raich as it was before.
174"The Totem Master"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
"A Gift for Shodu"Paul Dini
Creatures in the guise of a totem led by the master rob the Ewok village. Wicket and his friends follow the master and destroy him along with his curse.
Wicket and his friends venture into an ancient temple to get a jewel for Shodu's birthday. That jewels turns out to be an egg of the Scuver Dragon.
185"Night of the Stranger"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
A phantom has the Duloks raid the Ewok village to steal the Sunstar. Wicket and his friends manage to prevent a phantom exodus from taking place.
196"Gone with the Mimphs"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottLinda WoolvertonOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
"The First Apprentice"Paul Dini
Wicket is captured by the Mimphs after a failed hunt for a Hanadak, but then he has to rescue them from the rampaging Hanadak.
Ex-Apprentice Zarrak tries to teach Teebo his secrets but tires of his failures. Wicket, his friends rescue Teebo and Teebo masters enough magic to defeat Zarrak.
207"Hard Sell"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael ReavesOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
"A Warrior and a Lurdo"Michael Dubil
Wicket and his friends compete selling Mooth's goods for some valuable horns, but they end up empty-handed.
Teebo flunks at Wicket's warrior training, but is asked by the Tambles to chase away a creature named Blog. Teebo sticks with magic to destroy the Blog's dam.
218"The Season Scepter"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
Pressured by Odra, the Snow King freezes the lands of Endor. Wicket and his friends restore the balance of Endor's seasons after liberating the season scepter.
229"Prow Beaten"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
"Baga's Rival"Linda Woolverton
Wicket and his friends accidentally lose Chirpa's canoe prow carving to the Duloks. While trying to get it back, they destroy Urga's battleship.
Kneesa takes in a quarf (a shapeshifting monster) sent to hold her ransom for the Sunstar. Wicket and Baga come to the rescue.
2310"Horville's Hut of Horrors"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
"The Tragic Flute"Bob Carrau
A visit to Horville's Hut of Horrors puts the woklings into a crying fit. An attempt to hide the truth only makes Wicket regret it.
Latara gets captured by a creature who takes greedy people to be his slaves so Wicket, Kneesaa and Teebo have to rescue her, but to get out Latara must pass a test.
2411"Just My Luck"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael DubilNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
"Bringing Up Norky"Bob Carrau & Earl Kress
Wicket experiences bad luck when he takes his warrior's test.
To Wicket's chagrin, his family babysits the unruly Norky.
2512"Battle for the Sunstar"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)[e]
Doctor Raygar, a mad scientist from the Galactic Empire arrives to steal the Sunstar and it is up to Wicket and his friends to stop him; re-aired as the series finale.
2613"Party Ewok"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
"Malani the Warrior"Stephen Langford
Kneesaa's friends save her from a gang.
Malani wants to join the warrior games, but some thieves come to take the Sunstar.

Broadcast and home media

Ewoks was broadcast on ABC, originally with its sister series Droids (as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour), and then by itself, as The All-New Ewoks.[27] The series ran for two seasons of 13 half-hour episodes between 1985 and 1986 and was later shown in reruns on Sci-Fi Channel's Cartoon Quest.[28]

Almost all of the episodes (except for "The Three Lessons" and "Prow Beaten / Baga's Rival") were released on VHS in the 1980s and 1990s, most notably the UK PAL releases over six cassettes (Ewoks 1–6), which had the opening sequences and credits edited out. On April 2, 2021, the entire series was released on Disney+.[29]

During the making of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, its producer, Rick McCallum, oversaw two direct-to-video compilation films, each compiled from four episodes of the series. The first, The Haunted Village, was released on VHS in 1997. The second, Tales from the Endor Woods, was released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2004 on a DVD titled Star Wars: Animated Adventures – Ewoks (which also features The Haunted Village).[30] The newer film includes narration from "Adult Wicket" (voiced by Alex Lindsay).

Title Content Format
Ewoks 1: Morag's Revenge "The Haunted Village", "The Cries of the Trees", "Rampage of the Phlogs", "Sunstar vs. Shadowstone" VHS
Ewoks 2: The Gupins and the Jindas "To Save Deej", "The Land of the Gupins", "The Traveling Jindas", "The Curse of the Jindas"
Ewoks 3: Wicket the Hero "Wicket's Wagon", "The Tree of Light", "Asha", "Blue Harvest"
Ewoks 4: Wicket's Adventurers as He Becomes a Warrior "The Crystal Cloak / The Wish Plant", "The Totem Master / A Gift for Shodu", "Horville's Hut of Horrors / The Tragic Flute", "Just My Luck / Bringing Up Norky"
Ewoks 5: Wickett's Adventurers "Home Is Where the Shrieks Are / Princess Latara", "Gone with the Mimphs / The First Apprentice", "Party Ewok / Malani the Warrior", "Hard Sell / A Warrior and a Lurdo"
Ewoks 6: Battle for the Planet Endor "Battle for the Sunstar", "The Season Scepter", "The Raich", "Night of the Stranger"
The Haunted Village "The Haunted Village", "The Cries of the Trees", "Rampage of the Phlogs", "Sunstar vs. Shadowstone" VHS / DVD
Tales from the Endor Woods "Wicket's Wagon", "The Traveling Jindas", "To Save Deej", "Asha" DVD

Reception

According to David Perlmutter, Ewoks was "unremarkable both technically and creatively."[31] Screen Rant says the series was made at a time when "television executives had no idea what constituted good children's animated television", comparing it to series like The Smurfs, Snorks, or Care Bears.[32] SyFy Wire calls the series "more a marketing ploy for Lucasfilm than a worthwhile extension of the franchise ... designed to sell toys, cereals, and action figures", though mentions that it "featured a few surprisingly entertaining installments that appealed to both parents and kids, particularly the penultimate episode, 'Battle for the Sunstar.'"[33]

Some controversy has resulted from the Ewoks' apparent mastery of English[6][b] while appearing not to speak the language in the Ewok films or Return of the Jedi (which are set some years later).[5]

Legacy

Elements from the series are featured in Star Wars reference media, such as A Guide to the Star Wars Universe and the Star Wars Encyclopedia. A Dulok was shown on Coruscant in Chapter 21 of the 2D animated Clone Wars (2003). Ewoks was excluded from canon status in 2014,[34][5] but some elements appear in the canon Ultimate Star Wars (2015) and later reference books,[35] as well as the canon web series Star Wars Forces of Destiny (2018).

The series' opening titles are briefly featured in an episode of Stranger Things' fourth season (2022).[36]

Merchandising and media

Action figures

In 1985, Kenner Products produced a series of action figures based on the series. A second wave of figures were prototyped but ultimately cancelled due to poor sales of the initial wave. Several previously released Ewok themed vehicles, play sets, and accessories were advertised on the card backs of the figures but were curiously never offered in Ewoks Cartoon branded packaging.

Comics

In 1985, Star Comics, an imprint of Marvel, published a bi-monthly Ewoks comic based on the animated series. It ran for two years, with a total of 14 issues. Like the TV series, it was aimed towards a younger audience and produced parallel to a comic spun off from Droids. Issue #10 of Ewoks continued the "Lost in Time" crossover story from Droids #4.[37] Additionally, Spanish comics publisher Editorial Gepsa produced two-page Ewoks comics as part of an anthology series.[38]

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Later titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  2. ^ a b Called Basic in the Star Wars universe
  3. ^ a b Teebo and Malani's mother, Batcheela, does not appear in the series but is mentioned in two episodes.
  4. ^ Originally introduced in the live-action Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure[9]
  5. ^ Re-aired on January 10, 1987 to end the series

Citations

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  21. ^ Sansweet 1998, pp. 198–199.
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  23. ^ Sansweet 1998, p. 20.
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