Star Wars: Ewoks
- January 10
) is an American
/Canadian animated television series
featuring the Ewok
characters introduced in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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 26 episodes, divided into two seasons of 13 episodes.
The series focuses on the adventures of Wicket W. Warrick
and his friends on the forest moon of Endor
during the years before the Battle of Endor
and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
. 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.
Notable series details
- For viewer ease, the dialogue is in Basic (English), rather than Ewokese, which was the native language of the Ewoks.
- 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.
- The title of the series' twelfth episode (Blue Harvest) is a reference to the famous ruse used by Lucasfilm to maintain secrecy when shooting location scenes for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
- In the series' final episode, the Galactic Empire had discovered Endor, and several of the Ewoks stowed away on a Star Destroyer, but were returned to Endor safely after an evil Imperial named Dr. Raegar attempted to steal the magical Ewok Sunstar stone, and even dared to attack the Emperor with it. This event suggests that this led to the Empire choosing Endor to build the second Death Star around.
- 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.
- 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 1986, 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
In 1985, a toy line was produced that was based on the series. This line included action figures, ship models, etc.
||First airdate |
|1. The Cries of the Trees
||September 7, 1985
|2. The Haunted Village
||September 14, 1985 |
|3. Rampage of the Phlogs
||September 21, 1985 |
|4. To Save Deej
||September 28, 1985 |
|5. The Travelling Jindas
||October 5, 1985 |
|6. The Tree of Light
||October 12, 1985 |
|7. The Curse of the Jindas
||October 19, 1985 |
|8. The Land of the Gupins
||October 26, 1985 |
|9. Sunstar vs. Shadowstone
||November 2, 1985 |
|10. Wicket's Wagon
||November 9, 1985 |
|11. The Three Lessons
||November 16, 1985 |
|12. Blue Harvest
||November 23, 1985 |
||November 30, 1985 |
||First airdate |
|14. The Crystal Cloak/The Wish Plant
||September 13, 1986
|15. Home Is Where the Shrieks Are/Princess Latara
||September 20, 1986 |
|16. The Raich
||September 27, 1986 |
|17. The Totem Master/A Gift for Shodu
||October 4, 1986 |
|18. Night of the Stranger
||October 11, 1986 |
|19. Gone with the Mimphs/The First Apprentice
||October 18, 1986 |
|20. Hard Sell/A Warrior and a Lurdo
||October 25, 1986 |
|21. The Season Scepter
||November 1, 1986 |
|22. Prow Beaten/Baga's Rival
||November 8, 1986 |
|23. Horville's Hut of Horrors/The Tragic Flute
||November 15, 1986 |
|24. Just My Luck/Bringing Up Norky
||November 22, 1986 |
|25. Battle for the Sunstar
||December 6, 1986 |
|26. Party Ewok/Malani the Warrior
||December 13, 1986 |
- 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), 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 '90s on VHS. Star Wars prequel trilogy and DVD producer Rick McCallum, along with Lucasfilm head of fan relations, Steve Sansweet, have reportedly stated that a future release of the series in its entirety on DVD is possible.
- 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)