Made-for-tv film (1984; vt Caravan of Courage). Lucasfilm/Korty Films for ABC TV. Executive producer George Lucas. Directed by John Korty. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Aubree Miller and Eric Walker. 120 minutes, cut to 97 minutes. Colour.
When the family spaceship crashes on an alien moon, the parents are captured by a monster and their two children cared for by Ewoks, the teddy-bear aliens first seen in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). After a long trek, the children and Ewoks save the parents. The Ewok Adventure is disappointing by adult standards, but children like it – and it is a children's film. The special effects are surprisingly poor considering Lucasfilm's Star Wars experience. Lucas's story is vestigial and the Ewoks, though clearly intended to be cute, are charmless; Philip Strick described their faces as "a fixed, unblinking mask set in a rictus of amiability". The Ewok Adventure was released theatrically outside the USA as Caravan of Courage. A second television movie, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), though slightly better, had no theatrical release. [PN]
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