DIRECTOR: John Korty
Feeling more like Willow meets The Lord Of The Rings, this so called Star Wars spin off, originally a U.S. TV Movie Of The Week, though shown theatrically in certain European countries including England, has fallen out of mind of so may fans. This is one of two movie made which follow the exploits of the Ewoks after Return Of The Jedi (1983) even though this is actually set a year before the events of Jedi, there is no reference to the Empire building their second Death Star.
The effects are quite good as are the production values for an 80’s family fantasy adventure, though Star Wars, this is not. The Ewoks seem to be able to channel a more straight forward magic than the more plausible Force, but the Ewoks themselves felt very consistent.
Burl Eves provides a narration throughout to help us through the “complicated” plot which follows two kids, one looking remarkably like a younger Mark Hamill, who have been stranded on the Forest Moon of Endor after their parent’s ship crashed and have been kidnapped for some reason by a kind of giant, as they assemble a ‘fellowship’ of Ewoks to rescue them.
As the years of passed since this was produced, so has the world’s fascination with the furry Ewoks but a DVD was released in 2004 to coincide with the release of the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD but due to lack of interest, few where pressed and now they are fetching around £30 each. I watched the Laserdisc version from the 1990’s which has been uploaded to Youtube and whilst expecting to be bored to tears, I must admit that I was not.
They are very much of their time, but as a child of the 80’s, it was my time and it felt quite nostalgic but that was not all; The look of the film was good, solid. So, as a child friendly fantasy loosely associated with Star Wars, this more than serviceable.