Ewoks (TV series)
|Directed by||Raymond Jafelice|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||approx. 15–30 minutes (per episode)|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||September 7, 1985– December 13, 1986|
|Related shows||Star Wars: Droids|
Ewoks is an American/Canadian animated television series featuring the Ewok characters introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and further explored in Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and its sequel The Battle for Endor. The series was produced by Nelvana on behalf of Lucasfilm and broadcast on ABC, originally as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour, and then by itself. The series ran for two seasons of 13 half-hour episodes between 1985 and 1986.
The second season, advertised as The All New Ewoks, was mostly compiled of 15-minute episodes, making for 35 stories in the series overall. The series was later shown in reruns on Sci-Fi Channel's Cartoon Quest.
The series focuses on the adventures of Wicket W. Warrick and his friends on the forest moon of Endor between the events of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Unlike the Ewok films, the characters speak English (called Basic in the Star Wars universe) instead of their native language (though Ewokese 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.
Cast and characters
The Ewok tribe
- Wicket Wysteri 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 Warrick (voiced by John Stocker) – The middle brother of the Warrick Family. Originally called Widdle. He is clumsy, gluttonous and overweight, but exceedingly nice.
- Weechee Warrick (voiced by Greg Swanson) – The eldest brother and the strongest of the Warrick Family.
- Winda Warrick – The youngest child of the Warrick Family.
- Deej Warrick (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.
- Shodu Warrick (voiced by Nonnie Griffin then Esther Scott) – Deej's wife and mother to Wicket, Weechee, Willy and Winda.
- Erpham Warrick (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.
- Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka  (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.
- Chief Chirpa (voiced by George Buza then Rick Cimino) – Widowed father to Kneesaa and Asha. He gives order to the warriors when they are fighting against the Duloks.
- Ra-Lee – Wife to Chief Chirpa and mother to Princess 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 (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.
- Batcheela – The Mother of Teebo and Malani. She doesn't appear in the series at all but was mentioned in two episodes.
- 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.
- Zephee – The Mother of Latara, Nippet and Wiley. She was seen in three episodes: "The Haunted Village", "The Travelling Jindas" and "The Curse of the Jindas".
- Lumat – The father of Latara, Nippet and Wiley. He was seen in two episodes: "The Travelling Jindas" and "The Curse of the Jindas".
- Master Logray (voiced by Doug Chamberlain) – The Ewoks' shaman, and often the dispenser of wisdom and knowledge about the world of Endor.
- King Gorneesh – The leader of the Duloks. (voiced by Dan Hennessey)
- Queen Urga – King Gorneesh's lover and the only female Dulok in the series. (voiced by Melleny Brown)
- Umwak – Gorneesh's right-hand man, a Dulok shaman. (voiced by Don Francks)
- Morag (voiced by Jackie Burroughs) – The Tulgah witch and evil counterpart of Logray.
- The Phlogs – A race of giants who live on Endor (though they originated offworld).
- 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.
- The Jindas – A race of canid aliens who live on Endor, and are cursed to an eternal nomadic lifestyle by the Rock Wizard. The Ewoks free them from their curse. Notable Jindas included their leader, Bondo, and magician Trebla.
- The Raich – A tree demon that eats animals and was imprisoned by brave Ewok warriors with a magical hat, made by the Gonster, which was placed on its head, turning it into a tree. He is revived when Wicket takes the hat, but eventually defeated again.
- The Gonster – A two-headed magician whom Ewoks seek out for spells, potions and traps to defeat monsters. His two heads constantly argue.
- The Leaf Queen – A plantlike deity or spirit who dwells on Endor and is entrusted to the care of all its plants. Although kindly, she can be roused to great anger if her plants are harmed.
- Dr. Raygar – An Imperial scientist who wants to steal the Sunstar and use it to overthrow the Emperor. After Kazz eventually learns of his treachery, he is arrested for treason.
- Admiral Kazz – An Imperial officer tasked with assisting Raygar, who doesn't know his true intentions. Kazz thinks the Sunstar is a myth and considers the Ewoks not worth bothering over.
- PD-28 – An Imperial droid assisting Raygar and Kazz. He eventually tires of working for the abusive Raygar and becomes friends with the Ewoks.
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 Return of the Jedi. The first season of the show aimed for a more sophisticated style, but in the second, the writing and particularly the visual style was geared toward a much younger audience, with less sophisticated character and scene design using a reduced selection of colours combined with less detail.
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.
Comic book series
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 Star Wars: Droids. Issue #10 of Ewoks continued the "Lost in Time" crossover story from Droids #4. Additionally, Spanish comics publisher Editorial Gepsa produced two-page Ewoks comics as part of an anthology series.
In 1985, a toy line was produced that was based on the series. This line included action figures, ship models, etc.
Season 1 (1985)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Cries of the Trees"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||September 7, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||September 14, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||September 21, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||September 28, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||October 5, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||October 12, 1985|
|Wicket, Princess Kneesaa and Latara follow uninvited an Ewoks expedition on a quest to restore the tree of life, the Duloks intent on destroying the tree.|
|7||7||"The Curse of the Jindas"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||October 19, 1985|
|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.|
|8||8||"The Land of the Gupins"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||October 26, 1985|
|After rescuing Mring-Mring's brother Oobel, Wicket and his friends journey with them to save the Gupins' homeland from the Grass Trekkers.|
|9||9||"Sunstar vs. Shadowstone"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||November 2, 1985|
|Morag captures Teebo and his friends as ransom for the Sunstar. Morag utilises the full power of the combined Sunstar-Shadowstone, but Master Logray destroys her for good.|
|10||10||"Wicket's Wagon"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||November 9, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Bob Carrau||November 16, 1985|
|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.|
|12||12||"Blue Harvest"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini & Sam Wilson||November 23, 1985|
|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"||Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice||Paul Dini||November 30, 1985|
|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)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|14||1a||"The Crystal Cloak"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||September 13, 1986|
|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||1b||"The Wish Plant"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||September 13, 1986|
|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||2a||"Home Is Where the Shrieks Are"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||September 20, 1986|
|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||2b||"Princess Latara"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||September 20, 1986|
|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||3||"The Raich"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Michael Reaves||September 27, 1986|
|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.|
|19||4a||"The Totem Master"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||October 4, 1986|
|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||4b||"A Gift for Shodu"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||October 4, 1986|
|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||5||"Night of the Stranger"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||October 11, 1986|
|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||6a||"Gone with the Mimphs"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Linda Woolverton||October 18, 1986|
|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||6b||"The First Apprentice"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||October 18, 1986|
|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||7a||"Hard Sell"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Michael Reaves||October 25, 1986|
|Wicket and his friends compete selling Mooth's goods for some valuable horns, but they end up empty-handed.|
|25||7b||"A Warrior and a Lurdo"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Michael Dubil||October 25, 1986|
|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.|
|26||8||"The Season Scepter"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||November 1, 1986|
|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||9a||"Prow Beaten"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||November 8, 1986|
|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||9b||"Baga's Rival"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Linda Woolverton||November 8, 1986|
|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||10a||"Horville's Hut of Horrors"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||November 15, 1986|
|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||10b||"The Tragic Flute"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||November 15, 1986|
|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.|
|31||11a||"Just My Luck"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Michael Dubil||November 22, 1986|
|32||11b||"Bringing Up Norky"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau & Earl Kress||November 22, 1986|
|33||12||"Battle for the Sunstar"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Paul Dini||December 6, 1986|
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||13a||"Party Ewok"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Bob Carrau||December 13, 1986|
|35||13b||"Malani the Warrior"||Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott||Stephen Langford||December 13, 1986|
Release on home video
Along with Droids, the entire series has yet to be released on home video. Some episodes 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. In 1996, Rick McCallum produced The Haunted Village, a direct-to-video movie compiled from four episodes, and while working on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, expressed hope for an eventual release of the series on DVD. In late 2004, McCallum produced a DVD titled Star Wars: Animated Adventures – Ewoks, which featured The Haunted Village and Tales from the Endor Woods, a new compilation film including narration from an "Adult Wicket" (voiced by Alex Lindsay). McCallum retired from Lucasfilm in 2012, and Ewoks went unmentioned in the 2014 rebranding of Star Wars canon, making the future of its release uncertain.
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