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The Ewok Adventure (Caravan of Courage) (1984)

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At this late date, it should hardly be necessary to inform viewers that The Ewok Adventure was inspired by those fuzzy little space muppets seen in the 1983 Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi. This costly made-for-TV film was executive-produced by George Lucas, with special effects provided by Industrial Light and Magic. It was first telecast with great fanfare November 25, 1984; its soundtrack was simulcast on regional FM radio stations to provide a "full stereo" effect. The plot (frankly the

Dec 19, 1990

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Short on action by Lucasfilm standards, stuffed with toothy teddies which lack the charm of Phase One Gremlins, or the wit of any muppet.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The characterizations aren't strong enough to carry it, and the children who are attracted to the Ewoks-at-home sequences will probably be scared to death by the effects work.

August 13, 2008

Is there such a thing as 'sucks, lovingly'? I guess there is...

October 22, 2003
New Times

Oh boy, here comes Wicket the Ewok a.k.a Arnold Drummond with fur

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Some of the worst stuff to crumble off of the Original Trilogy.

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Ewok Adventure (Caravan of Courage)

So back in 84 if you had seen Lucas and some Ewoks running around the redwood forests in California you could of been mistaken for thinking another Star Wars epic was on the way. No matter how badly we 80's kids prayed that was unfortunately not true, but we did get a semi decent Star Wars based adventure.

Set in between 'Empire' and 'Jedi' this film gives us a little more insight into the forest moon of the gas giant Endor. We see more native creatures, more of the moon and of course more Ewok culture. Now back in the day this film was actually regarded pretty highly, mainly because we had NOTHING else film wise based around Star Wars.

Upon a re watch the film still does hold its own very well. Lucas was in charge for both of these Ewok films and to be honest he did a fair job. The film is completely for kids obviously utilizing little human kids and good old 'Wicket' so you can't moan at the utter campy naffness there is. Acting is dubious and dialog is very basic, but you gotta give credit to Lucas for making a lot of the film in native Ewok tongue and having a narrator tell us the audience what the the hell going on. Almost like 'Dances with Wolves' for Star Wars hehe...I said almost.

So the rather annoying surly 'Mace' and his totally babyish blonde barbie doll little sister head off to rescue their parents from the 'Gorax'. A creature I have found out has been worked into the official Star Wars universe and is cannon, kinda cool. Along the way the team of kiddies and Ewoks run into other species that are of course nasty and generally have to work together to succeed. There are some nice creatures here, basic puppets, animation or stop motion, but its fine, kinda charming much like the old Harryhausen flicks and other old barbarian fantasy films. The film has that warm 80's 'Willow' type atmosphere, a sense of wonder and imagination that is absolutely great for young kids.

The main bad guy in the film is the 'Gorax' which is a man in a suit get up. The makeup is pretty good on this character and his whole look does fit with the 'wookie' species approach for the Endor moon. In general effects aren't overly great these days (of course), the giant spider in the 'Gorax' lair is brilliantly bad and the final fatal moment for the 'Gorax' also looks really hokey, but hey this ain't no mega budget film. Some nice good old fashioned matte painting work evident too.

Yes its childish and corny, yes some locations on Endor's moon looks suspiciously like California, yes the two main human kid characters are completely generic looking with 'Mace' obviously looking like a young 'Luke', but its still fun. Lucas did a good job here in my opinion, the film is perfect for its target audience and fun for everyone else too...if you like Star Wars. Supposedly cannon within the Star Wars universe also which is interesting.
December 30, 2012
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Sweet Fairy Tale.
December 11, 2009
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Wahida K

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I thought it was fun and fairly well done for a t.v. movie. Sure, it's nowhere near the magic that makes Star Wars, but for the purpose it serves it's decent. I actually enjoyed the Ewoks in this and they gave them some actual personality, as opposed to being crazy teddy bears in ROTJ.
November 19, 2009
ythelastman89

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This is one from the childhood. I was always a big fan of the Ewoks and I enjoyed both of the movies that were made for tv back in the day. This was the one I liked the most as it was fun and it was even a little scary near the end.
I never really saw it as a Star Wars movie so there was never a comparison in my mind. It's a fun adventure and thats all it was meant to be.
December 5, 2007
superclerk25

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    1. Wicket: Starcruiser cresh, cresh!
    2. Cindel Towani: That's a horse!
    – Submitted by Daniel T (2 years ago)
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