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In the mid-1980s, two Made-for-TV Movies based on the Star Wars franchise were created: The Ewok Adventure (1984), later retitled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure,[1] and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). They star a young child, Cindel, whose family has crash-landed on Endor, and Wicket, the Ewok who befriended Leia in Return of the Jedi. The success of these movies led to an animated series, Ewoks, which ran for two seasons. The main character, Cindel, got a cameo much later in an Expanded Universe novel as a reporter.

In 2004, the movies were released on a double-feature DVD under the title Star Wars Ewok Adventures.


Both movies contain examples of:

  • One Steve Limit: Averted; Mace Towani has the same name as Mace Windu from the prequels.

Caravan of Courage contains examples of:

  • Hitchhiker Heroes: The Ewoks join with Cindel and her brother Mace on their quest to find their parents.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Mace is visibly unimpressed with the very plain rock he gets, while everyone else gets cool toys. After an unsuccessful attempt to trade it for something else, he throws it away. Unfortunately they kinda need it much later on... Fortunately one of the ewoks had more sense and took the rock with him when the kid ditched it.
  • Narrator: Burl Ives.
  • Parents in Distress: Mace and Sindel's parents were captured by the Big Bad.

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor contains examples of:

  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Barely 10 minutes into the film, Mace is killed, and so are both parents. Cindel is the only human protagonist from the first film to survive the second one. Considering how the goal of the first movie was to save the parents, it's a good example of a sequel making the previous work seem like a Shoot the Shaggy Dog.

Notes

  1. Not to be confused with a road trip taken by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee
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