Star Wars: Ewoks

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Star Wars: Ewoks
Format Animation
Created by George Lucas
Raymond Jafelice
Dale Schott
Bob Carrau (writer)
Paul Dini (writer).
Directed by Raymond Jafelice
Starring Jim Henshaw
Denny Delk
Cree Summer
Jeanne Reynolds
Eric Peterson
James Cranna
Doug Chamberlain
George Busa
Rick Cimino
Country of origin USA
Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35
Production
Executive producer(s) George Lucas
Miki Herman (1985)[1]
Cliff Ruby (1986)[2]
Elana Lesser (1986)[2]
Production company(s) Nelvana
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) – December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)

Star Wars: Ewoks is an American/Canadian animated television series featuring the Ewok characters introduced in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It aired for two seasons between 1985 and 1986.

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.

Plot[edit]

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.[3] Unlike the films, the characters speak English (called Basic in the Star Wars universe) instead of their native language (though Ewokeses phrases and songs are occasionally used). 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.[4]

Characters[edit]

The Ewok Tribe[edit]

Warrick Family

  • Wicket W. Warrick (Voiced by Jim Henshaw then Denny Delk) - The youngest brother of the Warrick Family. He is headstrong and determined and often takes the initiative. Wicket really wants to be a great warrior, which often gets him into trouble. Has dark brown fur and wears an orange hood, but wears a green hood in season two.
  • Willy (Voiced by John Stocker) - The middle brother of the Warrick Family. Originally called Widdle. He is clumsy, gluttonous and overweight, but exceedingly nice.
  • Weechee (Voiced by Greg Swanson) - The eldest brother and the strongest of the Warrick Family.
  • Winda - The youngest child of the Warrick Family.
  • Deej (Voiced by Richard Donat) - Father to Wicket, Weechee, Willy and Winda and his wife is Shodu. A very respected warrior of the Ewok tribe. Has dark grey fur and wears a purple hood.
  • Erpham (Voiced by Anthony Parr) - Wicket's Great Grandfather, 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. He was a golden-colored Ewok with a green hood.

Kintaka family

  • Princess Kneesaa (Voiced by Cree Summer then Jeanne Reynolds) - Younger daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee. Often the voice of reason and wisdom to her friends, but usually ends up in just as much trouble. She seems smitten with Wicket but no romantic relationship was proven during the series. Has white and grey fur and wears a pink hood with a blue gem dangling near her forehead.
  • Asha (Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) - Older daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee. Went missing during Ra-Lee's death and eventually was reunited with the Ewoks.
  • Ra-Lee - Wife to Chief Chirpa and mother to Princesss Kneesaa and Asha. Ended up killed by a hanadak.
  • Paploo (Voiced by Paul Chato) - Kneesaa's cousin, Great Chief Chirpa's nephew and son to Bozzie. 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. Has grey fur, with a white face and wears an orange hood with a feather.
  • Bozzie - Chief Chirpa's sister / sister-in-law and mother to Paploo. She can be very bossy and domineering towards the young Ewoks.

Teebo's Family

  • Teebo(Voiced by Eric Peterson then James Cranna) - Wicket's best friend and the older child of Warok and Batcheela. Fascinated by tales of sorcery and magic becomes his Master Logray's Apprentice. He is a bit of a dreamer, and sometimes a little clumsy. Teebo often lacks discipline, but this is something he learns to master over time from Logray, and eventually becomes a respectful young Ewok. Has ochre fur and he wears a tan, baggy hood with a feather.
  • Malani (Voiced by Alyson Court) - The younger child of Warok and Batcheela. She is a close friends with Wiley, Nippet and Winda. She has a crush on Wicket and desperately tries to impress him. Has beige fur and wears a blue hood with a flower in it.

Latara's Family

  • Latara (Voiced by Taborah Johnson then Sue Murphy) - Has dark grey fur and wears a yellow with a pink feather in it in season one; in season two her fur is light brown and cream, and her hat is heather with a greenish-blue feather. She 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 has a huge crush on Teebo, though he rarely notices it. In the second season, it's the other way round.
  • Nippet and Wiley (Voiced by Leanne Coppen and Michael Fantini) - Latara's younger siblings. At times, Latara has to stay home to watch over them.

Various

  • Master Logray (Voiced by Doug Chamberlain) - The Ewoks' shaman, and often the dispenser of wisdom and knowledge about the world of Endor.

Other characters[edit]

  • Urga (Voiced by Melleny Brown) - King Garneesh's lover and the only female Dulok in the series.
  • Morag (Voiced by Jackie Burroughs) - The Tulgah witch and evil counterpart of Logray.
  • The Phlogs - A race of giants who live on Endor.
  • Baga - A young gentle Bordok and Princess Kneesaa's personal pet.
  • The Hanadak - A purple monster which is known to live in hollowed-out tree trunks

Locations[edit]

Production history[edit]

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.[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.[citation needed]

Comic book series[edit]

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.

Toy line[edit]

In 1985, a toy line was produced that was based on the series. This line included action figures, ship models, etc.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Overall
episode #
Season
episode #
Episode title Written by Original U.S. air date Prod. code
1 1 "The Cries of the Trees" Paul Dini September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07)
Morag captures Izrina, Queen of the Wisties and forces her to set fire to the forest. The young Ewoks extinguish the flames via glider.
2 2 "The Haunted Village" Paul Dini September 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.
3 3 "Rampage of the Phlogs" Paul Dini September 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.
4 4 "To Save Deej" Bob Carrau September 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.
5 5 "The Traveling Jindas" Bob Carrau October 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.
6 6 "The Tree of Light" Bob Carrau October 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
Chief Chirpa assigns Weechee, Willy, Paploo and Teebo are given Light Dust and sent on a mission to revive the Tree of Light. Kneesaa and Latara are not allowed to go because of their gender and Wicket is not allowed because of his age; but they tag along. From the first moment, Weechee and Paploo are openly competing, jealous of each other. Initially assumed to be a monster by the ever-so-scared Willy, Wicket is discovered by the expedition on a rickety bridge, when he retrieves the lamp pointing the way to the tree. The girls are discovered after Kneesa defeats Umwak, the Dulok shaman and his nephew in the notorious Arbo Maze. The group arrives to the Valley of Floating Trees and while rowing to the other side, they're captured by Duloks, led by King Gorneesh. Wicket and Kneesaa free themselves quickly and hide on one of the Duloks trees, leaving the others behind. While Duloks are trying to bring the Tree of Light down, Wicket and Kneesa fight with Gorneesh and eventually, Wicket pours the dust over the tree, reviving it. Upon returning to the village, the whole expedition is awarded with silver feathers of bravery.
7 7 "The Curse of the Jindas" Bob Carrau October 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
All of the younger Ewoks take a journey to trade their harvested items for winter supplies. Wicket has some berries of his own, for which he buys princess Kneesa a pendant rock on a necklace, much to his friends' dismay. On the return trip, Ewoks are kidnapped by the Skandits and captured. Jindas arrive to perform at the Skandits' home and they free the Ewoks by disguising them into a large dragon-type animal. They run away, despite being caught again. Upon arriving to the Ewok village, Jindas are chased by large rocks and forced to run to the treetops. Bondo reveals that Jindas were not always nomads and that they used to work lands in the shadows of Stone Wizard's castle. Stone wizard cursed them, believing they poisoned the food. Master Logray, aided by Teebo, summons forest animals who tie up the rocks; upon which the Stone Wizard emerges and threatens everybody present, until seeing Princess Kneesaa's pendant, which turns out to be her lost tooth. Freed from pain, he invites the Jindas to come back to their homeland; and Wicket gets an apology from his friends for having bought the "rock".
8 8 "The Land of the Gupins" Bob Carrau October 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
Paploo runs into Wicket, Kneesaa and Teebo observing Mring-Mring shapeshifting. Upon turning into a large pufferfish, the Gupin flies away, ends in a spiderweb with Wicket and Paploo. They're rescued by Teebo and Kneesaa, upon which the group finds out that they also rescued Mring-Mring's brother Oobel, who is trying to convince the earlier to come back to his homeland. The Ewoks go down the river and end up in the desert, inhabited by Gupins and their enemies, Grass Trekkers. Teebo summons two Makants and leaves with Oobel and Paploo (who serves as a distraction to the beasts) to retrieve the stolen key for the Gupins' renewal chest from the Grass Trekkers; while Wicket and Kneesaa leave to the Gupins' fortress with Mring-Mring to warn the tribe of possible attack. Both teams reunite as Grass Trekkers are breaking into the fortress and Punt, the self-proclaimed king of Gupins tries to open the renewal chest, breaking the key. Kneesaa and Wicket encourage Mring-Mring who then opens the chest with his bare hands. The Gupins' powers are restored, they shapeshift and chase the intruders away. Mring-Mring has fulfilled the prophecy and became the Gupin king.
9 9 "Sunstar vs. Shadowstone" Paul Dini November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
Chief Chirpa is telling a story to young Ewoks, revealing that Logray used to be a prisoner of Morag and that their village holds half of a precious articraft. Fascinated by the story and capable of some magic of his own, Teebo applies to be master Logray's apprentice. After being mocked by Wicket, Kneesaa and Latara for doing the master's chores, he takes them out to the forest and performs some magic, breaking Latara's flute and Logray's ceremonial wand. Upon seeing this, Morag lures the four young Ewoks into her lair and captures them as ransom for the Sunstar, the powerful articraft which is the counterpart to Shadowstone, the one on her staff. Logray decided to face her on his own. After claiming it, Morag utilises the full power of the combined Sunstar-Shadowstone, crushes the mountain her lair was in, activates a volcano and turns into a lava monster. She catches up with the Ewoks who started running away and disarms Logray. Teebo jumps in and gives Logray back his staff, after which the medicine man creates a spring of cold water that cools Morag down and turns her to stone. She crushes over Logray, but he re-emerges from the pile of stone, while her soul returns to the world as a tree.
10 10 "Wicket's Wagon" Paul Dini November 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
Inspired by his ancestors Wicket rebuilds an old battle wagon. The Duloks steal it, but Wicket and Malani jump aboard and collapse the wagon.
11 11 "The Three Lessons" Bob Carrau November 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
Princess Kneesaa, bemused for having to study while friends are partying, accidentally pours liquid from one of master Logray's bottles on a stranglethorn plant, which then grows into a gigantic plant-monster, blocks the village and captures Paploo who attacked it, as well as three Woklings. Master Logray gives Wicket and Kneesaa a list of ingredients for an antidote and they escape using a cargo lift. The princess comes up with sticky "shoes" that help her and Wicket climb the Kete nest and retrieve some nectar, figures out how a bird is pulling out ganga roots in order to retrieve one herself, and gives up on taking a Trome tree branch, as that would leave the Tromes homeless. The two young Ewoks bring the Tromes back to the village, to use them as a distraction for the plant, while Wicket retrieves an antidote from Logray's hut. He pours it over acorns and the villagers feed the acorns to all of the plant-monster's heads, returning it to its regular size. Logray concurs that Kneesaa has learnt the three lessons of leadership and Chief Chirpa is proud.
12 12 "Blue Harvest" Paul Dini November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
In a plot to steal the Ewok's harvest, Umwak unwittingly causes a Phlog named Hoona to romance with Wicket. The Duloks take advantage of this, but Wicket turns Hoona against them.
13 13 "Asha" Paul Dini November 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)

While camping in the forest, Paploo, Teebo and Wicket run into Duloks capturing a Maramu. A mysterious female Ewok emerges and scares the hunters away, summoning korrinas after not realising that Teebo is intending to use a knife to free the captured animal. Later on in the village, Wicket and Kneesaa run into Paploo, telling a tall tale about the encounter to the woklings. Kneesa runs away to the royal hut and pulls a blue hood from underneath the bed.

Wicket find Kneesha's long lost sister Asha and help her to repel the Duloks hunting defenseless creatures, before reuniting her with Chief Chirpa.

Season 2[edit]

Overall
episode #
Season
episode #
Episode title Written by Original U.S. air date Prod. code
14 1 "The Crystal Cloak" Paul Dini September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
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.
15 2 "The Wish Plant" Bob Carrau September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
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.
16 3 "Home Is Where the Shrieks Are" Bob Carrau September 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
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.
17 4 "Princess Latara" Paul Dini September 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
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.
18 5 "The Raich" Michael Reaves September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
Wicket accidentally unleashes the Raich from its tree form prison. With help from the Two-headed Gonster, Wicket and his friends trap the Raich as it was before.
19 6 "The Totem Master" Bob Carrau October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
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.
20 7 "A Gift for Shodu" Paul Dini October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
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.
21 8 "Night of the Stranger" Paul Dini October 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.
22 9 "Gone with the Mimphs" Linda Woolverton October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Wicket is captured by the Mimphs after a failed hunt for a Hanadak, but then he has to rescue them from the rampaging Hanadak.
23 10 "The First Apprentice" Paul Dini October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
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.
24 11 "Hard Sell" Michael Reaves October 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Wicket and his friends compete selling Mooth's goods for some valuable horns, but they end up empty-handed.
25 12 "A Warrior and a Lurdo" Michael Dubil October 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Teebo flunks at Wicket's warrior training, but is asked by the Tumbles to drive away the Lurdo. Wicket sticks with magic to destroy the Lurdo's dam.
26 13 "The Season Scepter" Bob Carrau November 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.
27 14 "Prow Beaten" Bob Carrau November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Wicket and his friends accidentally lose Chirpa's canoe prow carving to the Duloks. While tryint to get it back, they destroy Urga's battleship.
28 15 "Baga's Rival" Linda Woolverton November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Kneesa takes in a Quarf (actually a monster) called Silky sent by Jadru to hold her ransom for the Sunstar. Wicket and Baga come to the rescue and turn the tides on Jadru.
29 16 "Horville's Hut of Horrors" Paul Dini November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
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.
30 17 "The Tragic Flute" Bob Carrau November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)

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.

Note: In this episode Latara plants a kiss on Teebo sending him off in a daze.
31 18 "Just My Luck" Michael Dubil November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
32 19 "Bringing Up Norky" Bob Carrau & Earl Kress November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
33 20 "Battle for the Sunstar" Paul Dini December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)

Doctor Raygar, a mad scientist from the Galactic Empire appears to steal the Sunstar for himself and it's up to Wicket and his friends to stop him.

Note: This episode re-aired on January 10, 1987 to end the series.
34 21 "Party Ewok" Bob Carrau December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
35 22 "Malani the Warrior" Stephen Langford December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)

DVD release[edit]

The cover of the 2004 DVD release of Ewoks
  • 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),[5] 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.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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)

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