Let's discuss the 'Star Wars' made-for-TV movie about Ewoks
Now that you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s time to check out the other Star Wars movies out there. No, not the prequels. I’m talking about the Star Wars made-for-TV movie about Ewoks. What, you thought the Star Wars holiday special was the only Star Wars television movie out there?
The Ewok Adventure — or, the full title, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure — takes places on the forest moon of Endor, where our furry little Ewoks live. Using brand new Star Wars characters, the story follows the Towani family who have crash landed on the moon. If that’s not bad enough, mom and dad Towani, Catarine and Jeremitt, vanish. Now it’s up to their kids, Mace and Cindel, to save the day! With the help of the Ewoks! Love the Ewoks or hate the Ewoks, if you watched this movie on ABC in the 80s, or Disney Channel in the early 90s, this was the best Star Wars made-for-TV movie e-v-e-r.
Unlike the Star Wars holiday special, Star Wars creator George Lucas was very involved in the production of this movie, and though he didn’t write the teleplay for it, he wrote the original story. It originally aired in 1984, a year after Return of the Jedi, but the events of the movie take place before Return of the Jedi. At the time, it looked like this was going to be the last Star Wars outing, so everyone put aside their feelings on Ewoks and tuned in. The most popular Ewok, and THB, the best Ewok, Wickett (played by Warwick Davis) even reprised his role.
The movie also has a narrator, Burl Ives, because the Ewok language is not subtitled. If his voice sounds very familiar, that’s because he narrated the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
But we’re really here to talk about how little Cindel has an awesome 80’s-inspired retro Star Wars jumpsuit, completely with a scrunchie headband.
Her brother Mace, is like a mini Luke Skywalker, but more brooding, and a tad crankier, and also a tween.
And the only way the two of them can save their parents is with the help of the Ewoks. So, they form a — wait for it — caravan of courage, and set out for the dreaded forbidden fortresses of the giant Gorax, who has kidnapped mom and dad. If you’ve ever wanted to see Ewoks ride mini-horses, this is the movie for you.
There’s also a gigantic spider web that they need to get across, and it looks like the rope climbs you used to find at playgrounds. But this time, terrifying.
Then there’s the Gorax himself, which is now the scariest Star Wars creature. It also means that whole time Luke, Han, and Leia were chilling on the moon of Endor, they should have been worried about this beast, too.
And don’t forget the Tinkerbell-like character, who helps and kids and the Ewoks on their quest!
Do the kids and the Ewoks save the day in the end? They sure do. Come on, this is a Star Wars made-for-TV movie geared towards kids. The movie even ends with an Ewok celebration, of course, because that’s a requirement. However, there’s no dancing, fireworks, or bopping stormtrooper helmets on the head, because that’s saved for the big celebrations, like when someone blows up the Death Star.
If this sounds like the kind of thing you’re looking to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you can check the full movie out here. Yub nub all around!
(Images via YouTube.)